Sean Hannity said Chris Cuomo 'helping a brother' shouldn't get him fired from CNN

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  • Fox News host Sean Hannity came to the defense of CNN's Chris Cuomo Tuesday night.

  • Normally a sworn foe, Hannity gave the younger Cuomo the benefit of the doubt.

  • "Helping a brother and a friend in the worst moment of their life is probably not the worst offense," Hannity said.

Fox News host Sean Hannity defended CNN's Chris Cuomo after the prime-time anchor was suspended indefinitely, saying "helping a brother" shouldn't get him fired.

CNN announced Cuomo's suspension on Tuesday after newly released documents revealed that he apparently used media sources to try to help his brother — disgraced ex-New York governor Andrew Cuomo — during the politician's sexual harassment scandal.

The revelations came to light in transcripts released by the New York attorney general's office on Monday.

"You in this audience know I don't ever call for boycotts, firings, cancellations of any kind," Hannity said on his show Tuesday night as he spoke of Chris Cuomo's suspension.

Hannity continued, "While it's clear that Chris totally mishandled the mess with his brother, we don't know what the governor told him from the start, and honestly probably my guess that he wasn't even honest with his own brother."

"You know, Chris' brother, Andrew, was in big trouble," Hannity said, adding, "Helping a brother and a friend in the worst moment of their life is probably not the worst offense."

Hannity went on to say, "If Chris does get back on the air, I assume he will apologize, but I believe in second chances when sincere apologies are made, but it's you the audience — you decide if an apology is sincere."

The ongoing ethics issues with Chris Cuomo at CNN became a common segment on Fox News for stretches of Andrew's multiple scandals.

Typified by the segment where Chris concluded an interview with Andrew on the primetime show by mocking his older brother with a giant COVID test swab, Fox News pundits argued nobody on the Republican side of the aisle would ever get away with such a cozy relationship with a news anchor.

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While Hannity appeared at rallies with former President Donald Trump and even wrote a campaign ad for him before their reported falling out, the Cuomo brothers were unique in their positions, with no equivalent fraternal relationship in US politics.

As Chris Cuomo remains sidelined from his show indefinitely, Andrew Cuomo's second accuser, Charlotte Bennett, continued to call for the CNN host's ouster.

On Tuesday, Bennett said CNN should fire Cuomo for what she described as his "reprehensible, unprofessional and inexcusable" behavior, adding that the network "need not investigate his behavior — the investigation is over, and yesterday we received answers: Just like his older brother, Chris Cuomo used his time, network and resources to help smear victims, dig up opposition research, and belittle our credible allegations."

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