Cable news diva Chris Cuomo is opening up on his struggle to cope with his fall from grace at CNN.
The famously short-tempered younger brother of former New York governor Andrew Cuomo says he wanted to “kill everybody,” including himself, after he was fired.
Cuomo was fired from CNN in late 2021 over his behind-the-scenes efforts to protect his brother from scrutiny over sexual harassment claims.
Chris Cuomo joined Anthony Scaramucci, the former Trump administration aide, on a podcast where he talked about the emotional toll of his career going bust. He shared that he is in therapy to deal with the “damage” of his ouster.
“There is damage that is relatable, there is damage that is unrelatable to people that I have to deal with, that I am working on.”
Cuomo said he was so angry that he wanted to “kill everybody, including myself.”
“Things can consume you. Italians are so passionate,” he said.
Fall from grace
The former Cuomo Primetime anchor said he feels diminished by his new job at NewsNation, where he has a significantly smaller audience of some 60,000 viewers a night. He was CNN’s top-rated anchor, drawing roughly 1 million viewers nightly, at the time of his ouster.
Cuomo said “people don’t want to watch” his new program, and he conceded that he will “never” be “number one” again.
“It’s hard to keep perspective on that because it’s kind of embarrassing,” he said.
Cuomo has filed an arbitration claim against his former employer worth $125 million. He insists that his job was wrongly “taken” from him.
“I will litigate that. I am not going to bitch about it in the press,” he said.
Cuomo is also suing his publisher, HarperCollins, for cancelling his book — which, ironically, has the title Deep Denial.
Even before getting fired by CNN, Cuomo was known for volatile outbursts.
In the summer of 2019, Cuomo notoriously threatened physical violence against a man who called him “Fredo,” a reference to the weak and cowardly brother of Michael Corleone in The Godfather. Cuomo insisted the term was a racial slur for Italians.
At the height of the COVID pandemic, Cuomo had a widely publicized encounter with a biker on Long Island whom Cuomo later described as a “jackass loser.”