Fired CNN host Chris Cuomo said Monday that he will "no longer be doing" his SiriusXM radio show, just days after he lost his high-profile cable news spot.
Cuomo is normally the host of "Let's Get After It with Chris Cuomo" at noon ET on SiriusXM, but former ABC News and NBC News reporter Brian Ross was behind the microphone when the show aired Monday.
About an hour after the two-hour program ended, Cuomo announced that he was leaving, saying he needed "to take a step back and focus on what comes next."
"The way my time ended at CNN was hard," Cuomo tweeted. "While I have a thick skin, I also have a family, for whom this past week has been extraordinarily difficult."
He hinted at a return in some form of media: "I will miss our conversations a great deal — but I look forward to being back in touch with you all in the future."
Cuomo's radio silence earlier Monday took listeners by surprise as Ross went on the air in his place.
Ross said at the top of the show that he was substituting for Cuomo: "And good Monday afternoon to you. This is Brian Ross, from the Law and Crime Network, sitting in today for Chris Cuomo.”
Ross ended his two-hour segment by thanking various staffers and promoting another show — but he did not give any indication about who would be behind the microphone Tuesday.
SiriusXM said in a statement, "Following Chris Cuomo’s statement that he is leaving his SiriusXM show, 'Let’s Get After It' will no longer air. We thank Chris for his work at SiriusXM." It did not elaborate on who would take over the noon spot.
CNN fired Cuomo on Saturday after new details emerged about his efforts to help his brother, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was fighting sexual harassment allegations that eventually led to his resignation.
A former junior colleague of Chris Cuomo's, reportedly at another network, also came forward last week to accuse him of an unspecified act of sexual misconduct.
The unidentifed accuser came forward after having heard Cuomo’s on-air statements in response to the allegations against his brother, saying he has always cared about issues of sexual harassment.
The accuser's attorney, Debra Katz, said in the statement that when her client heard “the hypocrisy of Chris Cuomo’s on-air words and disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women, my client retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN.”
Katz also represents Andrew Cuomo accuser Charlotte Bennett.
“My client came forward at this time because she felt in sharing her story and related documentation, she could help protect other women. She will continue to cooperate with CNN’s investigation into her allegations,” Katz said.
Chris Cuomo's representative, Steven Goldberg, said in a statement, "These apparently anonymous allegations are not true."
CORRECTION (Dec. 7, 2021, 10:22 a.m. ET): A previous version of this article misstated where a former colleague worked who accused Cuomo of sexual misconduct. It is at a different network, not CNN.