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CNN's Don Lemon Refuses To Betray Colleague Chris Cuomo Following His Embattled Brother Andrew's Resignation As New York Governor

Aug. 11 2021, Published 4:25 p.m. ET

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Don Lemon has made it perfectly clear that he will not betray his colleague and best friend, Chris Cuomo, by taking over the latter's primetime hour on CNN.

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"There has been talk of giving Don Chris' primetime slot on CNN, but Don refuses to do it out of loyalty to his friend," sources tell Radar. "The quick fix would be to expand Don's show an hour and give Chris an 'extended' vacation while the drama with his brother cools off. However, Don is having none of it and sees the move as a betrayal of his best friend."

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As we reported, Chris' brother, Andrew Cuomo, resigned from his post as New York governor just yesterday after Attorney General Letitia James' recently concluded investigation determined that the 63-year-old politician had, indeed, sexually harassed multiple former and current female state employees.

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The other option, we're being told, is that CNN is considering extending Anderson Cooper's show by an hour, which is something Cooper would seemingly be up for.

"Anderson is not close with Chris. They are work colleagues, but Anderson keeps himself to himself," network sources tell us. "Chris' aggressive, alpha man vibes are just not Anderson's thing, unlike Don and Chris, who are literally brothers from another mother."

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Some suspect Chris may be able to survive the scandal temporarily, but what will happen when network president Jeff Zucker – who's seen by many as Chris' protector and No. 1 fan – leaves the company at the end of the year?

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"At the end of the day, Chris' immediate future is in the hands of Jeff Zucker," adds an insider. "Jeff might choose to protect him now, but after December, he is gone – and so too will be Chris."

Andrew Cuomo's somewhat shocking resignation was announced Tuesday during an uncomfortable press conference, but only after he awkwardly addressed his conduct.

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Though he "deeply, deeply" apologized to his numerous victims, the embattled politician also noted, "In my mind, I've never crossed the line with anyone."

He also apologized for making jokes that were "insensitive and off-putting," explaining that and he had "been too familiar with people."

Cuomo added that there were "generational and cultural shifts" that he "didn't fully appreciate" and acknowledged that he "should have."

He also oddly noted several times that he, like his New York constituents, was "tough."

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While he insisted there was "no excuse" for his behavior, he also felt the "scandal" was politically driven. He vowed to "fight through this controversy."

Additionally, Cuomo felt it would be in the best interest of the state's citizens for him to continue leading them, but he said he won't.

"It's not about me, it's about we," he explained, promising that the transition from him to Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul would be "seamless."

"This is one of the most challenging times for government in a generation," he added, as cases of the coronavirus and its Delta variant continue to rise. "Government really needs to function today. Government needs to perform. It's a matter of life and death government operations, and wasting energy on distractions is the last thing that state government should be doing. And I can not be the cause of that."

"Thank you for the honor of serving you," Cuomo concluded. "It has been the honor of my lifetime."

In 13 days, Hochul will make history as New York's first female governor.

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