(The Post Millennial) – Fredo can’t catch a break in the unemployment line.
HarperCollins Publishers has ditched plans to release former CNN host Chris Cuomo’s book following the fallen TV star’s termination from the network.
A representative for the company’s Custom House imprint confirmed the decision Tuesday following a report that a listing for the planned hardcover was just removed from the Amazon website. “I can confirm that we don’t intend to publish the book,” spokesperson Kelly Rudolph told the New York Post.
“Custom House no longer intends to publish the book,” a spokesperson for the publisher said, also verifying the scrapped publishing deal to Deadline.
The written work was expected to be published in fall 2022 but has now been scrubbed from Amazon, displaying only the eBook and audiobook formats.
Cuomo’s book Deep Denial was intended to be “a provocative analysis of the harsh truths that the pandemic and Trump years have exposed about America.”
The book was set for release in October but had its publication date pushed back to Jan. 11 of next year and then to Oct. 15, 2022, according to the Publishers Marketplace website, which reported on its disappearance from Amazon.
Cuomo was kicked to the curb over revelations that he helped his older brother, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, quash the sexual misconduct scandal that eventually led to the disgraced Democrat’s resignation from office in August.
The younger Cuomo brother was fired “effective immediately” Saturday from his coveted role hosting CNN’s primetime slot after he was “indefinitely” suspended.
A Wall Street Journal report Sunday suggests that CNN president Jeff Zucker knew about Cuomo’s shady attempts to quash the embattled governor’s sex scandal. A Cuomo spokesman said of Zucker’s alleged knowledge: “There were no secrets about this, as other individuals besides Mr. Cuomo can attest.” CNN called Cuomo’s accusations “patently false,” which “reinforces why he was terminated for violating our standards and practices, as well as his lack of candor.”
Cuomo later announced Monday that he quit his SiriusXM radio show. However, he “really wanted” to stay but was told to leave. Sources told the New York Post that Cuomo was forced out of the side gig after a former female colleague at ABC News, where he was prior to CNN, accused the on-air pundit of sexual harassment.
CNN is now bracing for a legal battle with Cuomo for breaching his $6 million-per-year contract. Cuomo has reportedly hired lawyers and is preparing to file suit against the digital media giant if it doesn’t honor the remainder of the four-year contract he signed last year. But the network has “no intention of paying Cuomo a penny,” an insider said Monday. “If he gets a settlement, there would be uproar.”
According to a Wall Street Journal report, Zucker told CNN staffers at a town hall that the industry behemoth will not pay its former anchor severance.