Tucker Carlson Blasts Chris Cuomo for 'Self-Righteousness'

Fox News host Tucker Carlson blasted CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Thursday night after it was revealed that he had been advising his brother, Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on how to respond to sexual harassment allegations.

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that the CNN host had advised Gov. Cuomo and his staff on how to handle the sexual harassment allegations leveled against him by women who had worked with the governor in the past.

The New York Governor has been accused of sexual harassment or misconduct by nine people. He has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct, but apologized if he had made anyone feel uncomfortable.

In an interview with Republican New York City Councilman Joe Borelli, Carlson said he wished people would "just drop the self-righteousness" as took aim at Chris Cuomo, and suggested he had a "holier-than-thou" attitude.

Speaking to Borelli on his show, Carlson said: "I would be a lot happier if everyone could just drop the self-righteousness."

He said he found the host "running around and doing the holier-than-thou thing all the time" unbearable.

The CNN host advised his brother not to resign as governor, the Post reported on Thursday, adding that he urged his brother to hold his ground against the allegations made by former staffers. Chris Cuomo apologized on air following the report.

"I understand why that was a problem for CNN," Chris Cuomo said as he hosted Thursday night's Cuomo Prime Time. He later added: "It will not happen again. It was a mistake because I put my colleagues here, who I believe are the best in the business, in a bad spot.... I would never intend for that. And I'm sorry for that."

CNN barred Chris Cuomo from covering his brother on-air in February this year as a probe was opened into the governor's conduct.

However, the network told the Post that the host would not face disciplinary action for advising his brother, a sitting politician.

The network did acknowledge that it was "inappropriate" for Chris Cuomo to give political communications advice to his brother. CNN itself reported that staffers at the company were angered by Chris Cuomo's conduct. Reporters offering advice to politicians is widely seen as a breach of journalistic principles.

Releasing a statement to the Post, CNN noted Chris Cuomo had not covered his brother's political tribulations since February this year. But the network added: "However, it was inappropriate to engage in conversations that included members of the Governor's staff, which Chris acknowledges. He will not participate in such conversations going forward."

Newsweek has contacted CNN for further comment.

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CNN host Chris Cuomo visits SiriusXM Studios on June 18, 2019 in New York City. He advised his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on how to handle allegations of sexual misconduct. Santiago Felipe/Getty Images