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Chris Cuomo says he won’t ever be ‘what he was’ at CNN

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Chris Cuomo claims he’s moved on from his fall from CNN — yet spent much of a recent 90-minute interview licking his wounds over his unceremonious exit from the cable news network.

“I’ll never be what I used to be,” the fallen anchor told ex-Latest York Times scribe Charlie LeDuff and Karen Dumas on the Jan. 16 podcast of No Bulls–t Newshour. “I used to be primary on essentially the most powerful media platform on the earth.”

He whined about not being “allowed to say goodbye to [my show’s team], an office I used to be never allowed to filter out,” and complained that his office supplies were sent to him “in boxes with half my s–t broken.”

Cuomo, 52, was axed by CNN in Dec. 2021 after it was revealed that he had helped his older brother, disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, navigate a series of sexual scandals. 

He called CNN the “best news organization on the earth” but seethed about how his former boss, ex-CNN president Jeff Zucker, gave him the boot. 

Cuomo complained to journalist Charlie LeDuff that he wasn’t in a position to say goodbye to his team at CNN. @NoBSNewshour

cuomo interviewCuomo also complained in regards to the way he was fired by CNN. @NoBSNewshour

“He didn’t have lie about what he knew and what I did and what I didn’t do. I never did anything to need to lie about,” Cuomo claimed. “I never did anything to control media coverage of my brother.”

Last yr, Cuomo began hosting a primetime show on the startup NewsNation cable channel, where he has landed some scoops — including an explosive interview with the artist Ye, formerly Kanye West. But he’s drawing paltry rankings, especially in comparison with his previous perch, and has even demanded a latest time slot for any edge. 

“I’ll never be #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 on some bulls–t media power list. I’m okay with that,” Cuomo claimed.

Headshot of Chris Cuomo in a suitCuomo has drawn paltry rankings at his latest primetime show on NewsNation.Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Asked whether he has more creative freedom on his latest show, Cuomo snapped that he all the time had “control,” but due to his clobbering within the news over the past yr, his “show is different.” 

“I’m, emotionally and psychologically beat up and adjusted by what I went through,” he said. “My show is different because I’m different, not that I used to be in some lefty silo.”

He also complained that reporters didn’t fairly cover a 2019 viral video where he was captured exploding at a heckler who had called him “Fredo,” a demeaning “Godfather” reference, on Shelter Island.  

“They called me Fredo [in front of] my 9-year-old daughter, and all of the media was told that and none of them reported it. I ponder why,” he said. “Since it takes the sting out of me being a bully.”

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