CNN Anchor Angela Rye Claims Chris Cuomo Made Inappropriate Comments … Then Got Her Fired!

Tiffany Brockworth |

Former CNN contributor Angela aRye is making some pretty harsh accusations against former CNN host Chris Cuomo. Media Take Out learned that Angela is saying that Chris put her through an “embarrassing and humiliating” experience — and she suggests that he may have cost her a job at the network.

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Media Take Out did a bit of asking around … and we have not been able to find ANY evidence that Chris has anything to do with Angela being let go. But the mainstream media is running with this story.

Angela Rye appeared regularly as a guest on the former CNN anchor’s “Cuomo Prime Time”, and she and Chris seemed to have a good on-camera relationship. But Angela claims that Chris made a crude joke on a bikini-clad photo she posted on New Year’s Day 2021 by saying, “Happy New Year tinsel crotch.”

Angela said she didn’t reply to Chris. And some time later Chris reportedly offered her exciting new career opportunities — which she believes may have been to smooth things over after the New Year’s message.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 10: Moderator, Angela Rye speaks on stage during the Pan African Film & Arts Festival – World Premiere Of Shared Harvest’s Documentary Short “I Am Not Your Hero” at Cinemark Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza on February 10, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Unique Nicole/Getty Images)

Angela later confronted Cuomo about his bikini comment, and shortly afterwards CNN ended her contract.

The gorgeous Angela says she believes Cuomo may have had her fired over the debacle.

Thi sis the picture that Angela was “shocked” that Cuomo commented on:

She the claims in the premiere episode of her iHeart podcast, “Native Land Pod,” which she co-hosts with Tiffany Cross and Andrew Gillum.

Rye read open letter to Cuomo.

“It all began on New Year’s Day [2021] when I posted a picture of myself looking forward to the New Year in a gold sequin bikini on Instagram,” she read.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – SEPTEMBER 29: Angela Rye Attends 2023 A3C Conference day 1 on September 29, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)

“Cuomo screen-shot the image and said, ‘Happy New Year, tinsel crotch.’ Stunned, I read and reread the message a dozen times, trying to understand if I somehow brought this on myself … I teared up, like now, and then the tears flowed, I felt like the safest place I had on a show on CNN had been compromised,” a sobbing Rye told her co-hosts.

Rye, who has also appeared on MSNBC, 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club” and ESPN, said that a week or so later, Cuomo, whom she described as “the darling of the network,” “was texting me about a segment idea he had for his primetime show.”

She said that following his New Year’s text, “Chris Cuomo was suddenly excited about a prominent role for me where I would ‘check the left.’”

Rye said she had her doubts about the “genuine nature of this idea” because “Cuomo came up with this particular segment idea after [the] text exchange that went woefully wrong.”

She said she didn’t respond to his offer about the segment right away, but got back to him about a week later, asking “if he still wanted to discuss his work idea despite him mentioning tinsel bikini and tinsel bottom along the way.”

Then, she said, on Janurary 21, 2021, the network called to tell her it wasn’t renewing her contract.

Rye claimed CNN told her “they would be focusing more on [COVID] coverage and less on politics.”

“I knew it was a lie, and it was confirmed when two black women were hired for half my contributor rate right after,” she claims.

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