“The family is in disbelief that this could happen to two Cuomos. Seeing Andrew resign was unthinkable but seeing Chris go down too is just unbelievable. Now the family has closed ranks around Chris to save his job and blaming Andrew for the situation they are all in,” sources tell Radar. “What is going on is literally ripping the family apart.”
“You will not be seeing Andrew and Chris in public together for a long time as Chris tries to distance himself from his older brother. They have gone from giggling together on CNN to barely talking anymore,” adds a friend.
“The focus is now on saving Chris’s career. Even Andrew agrees that it is time for Chris to walk away from him start focusing on saving himself.”
As Radar previously reported, Chris spoke for the first time about the scandal on his SiriusXM radio program. The axed CNN anchor said he was "embarrassed" that people truly believed he violated journalism ethics.
"You know this already. It hurts to even say it, it's embarrassing, but I understand it and I understand why some people feel the way they do about what I did," he said on air.
"I've apologized in the past and I mean it, it's the last thing I ever wanted to do was compromise any of my colleagues and do anything but help," he added. "I know they have a process that they think is important and I respect that process so I'm not going to talk about this any more than that."
The decision by CNN to suspend Chris comes after the New York Attorney General's office released new text messages that showed Chris appearing to help Andrew try to clean up his sexual harassment mess.