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After CNN ouster, Chris Cuomo said he 'lost a sense of purpose'

In an interview on Friday night, Chris Cuomo talked about being fired from CNN and his brother's quick fall from grace.

Cuomo, who is 51 years old, went on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher" and said that when he was fired from CNN because of the scandal involving former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and sexual harassment, he "lost a sense of purpose."

“This is my brother, obviously I’m not objective. Obviously, I’m going to help him,” Cuomo told Maher about advising Andrew.

“I feel like I lost a sense of purpose for a while because of how things ended.”

The cable news broadcaster said his older brother had been downcast since leaving Albany in disgrace amid a slew of allegations of impropriety and harassment.

“I’m supposed to say, ‘Oh, he’s great!’ But that would be what we call bulls–t, right?” Cuomo said of the 64-year-old former gov.

“This has been hard, and you learn a lot about the people in your life when you watch them struggle. It’s true, when you struggle you learn who your friends are. I’ve always known who my friends are, I’ve had them for a very long time. But he has been in a struggle, and I have watched it.”

Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo appears on Friday night's episode of Real Time with Bill Maher.
Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo appears on Friday night’s episode of Real Time with Bill Maher.
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Chris Cuomo and Bill Maher
The ousted CNN host opened up on “Real Time with Bill Maher” to share how he felt following his dramatic firing.
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Cuomo just got a new job at NewsNation, and he didn't like how hard it was for his old cable network to get viewers during his old prime time slot.

"I want the people there to be happy. I don't like how it ended. I didn't get to say goodbye to my great team. Cuomo said, "I just want to move on."

The journalist called for an end to the US's two-party system and said he was happy to be back in the news with his podcast and new TV role, where he was looking forward to "breaking through the toxic twosome of partisan politics."

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Chris Cuomo attend the HBO Documentary Film "RX: Early Detection A Cancer Journey With Sandra Lee" during The Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for HBO)
“Obviously, I’m going to help him,” Cuomo told Maher about advising his brother.
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He also explained why his late father former Gov. Mario Cuomo didn’t make a bid for the White House after being considered a front runner for the Democratic nomination in 1988 and 1992.

“It wasn’t because we’re in the mob,” Cuomo said of innuendo associated with his family’s Italian heritage.

“He didn’t run because he didn’t think he was good enough to be president,” Cuomo explained.

Cuomo was fired for breaking journalistic rules when he helped his brother, who was accused of sexual misconduct, with his failed public relations campaign.

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