The network said this week that the governor's appearances last year on Cuomo Prime Time were an "exception" to a rule that "prevents Chris from interviewing and covering his brother"

By Ashley Boucher
February 18, 2021 08:21 PM
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Chris Cuomo is back to not covering his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, for CNN.

Although the news anchor had Andrew on his show Cuomo Prime Time early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, the network said in a statement this week that those appearances were an exception to its rules concerning conflicts of interest — and that the time for that exception has passed.

"The early months of the pandemic crisis were an extraordinary time," CNN said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE on Thursday.

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"We felt that Chris speaking with his brother about the challenges of what millions of American families were struggling with was of significant human interest," the statement said. "As a result, we made an exception to a rule that we have had in place since 2013 which prevents Chris from interviewing and covering his brother, and that rule remains in place today. CNN has covered the news surrounding Governor Cuomo extensively."

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Andrew, 63, is currently at the center of a controversy about how he has handled the state's response to COVID-19 when it comes to nursing homes.

This week he admitted a "mistake" in how his administration released information, and critics have said the way nursing home deaths in New York were separated into two different categories obscured the true death toll for months.

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Chris, 50, has not covered the controversy on his primetime show, which prompted an op-ed in the Washington Post about the ethics of journalists covering family members and resulted in the statement from CNN.

The network has covered the governor and the nursing home controversy on its other programs, however, including on New Day, The Lead with Jake Tapper, CNN Newsroom Live and several others.

Last year, Chris interviewed his older brother several times, providing plenty of fodder for viral moments in the early days of the pandemic.

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