In a candid conversation on the “Open Book With Anthony Scaramucci” podcast, Chris Cuomo disclosed the profound emotional turmoil he experienced after his abrupt termination from CNN in 2021. Cuomo, who was a prominent anchor for the network, found himself entangled in the sexual harassment scandal that engulfed his brother, former New York governor Andrew Cuomo. The fallout from this scandal led to Chris Cuomo’s departure from CNN, as the network determined that he had assisted his brother’s team of officials on the matter.
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Cuomo’s revelation about his emotional state at the time of his firing was stark and deeply personal. He admitted, “I was going to kill everybody, including myself,” acknowledging the overwhelming distress he felt. This sentiment highlights the intense pressure and personal struggles that can arise in the face of such public controversies.
Discussing the aftermath of his firing, Cuomo revealed that he had no choice but to come to terms with it. He described the consuming nature of such challenges, emphasizing the passionate nature of Italians, including himself. Cuomo acknowledged that there was damage—some relatable and some not—that he had to confront and work through in the wake of these events.
Since parting ways with CNN, Chris Cuomo has embarked on a new journey with a show on NewsNation. However, his ratings on this platform have not reached the heights of his CNN tenure. The New York Post reported that Cuomo’s NewsNation show garnered only 147,000 viewers during its debut in October 2022. Despite this setback, Cuomo displayed a resilient outlook, recognizing that he might never regain the top ratings position he once held.
“I’ll never be that again. That was taken from me, I believe wrongly,” Cuomo expressed, hinting at potential legal action. He emphasized his commitment to not publicly lamenting his situation and avoiding tactics aimed solely at increasing his media prominence. Instead, he conveyed his dedication to remembering his experiences and focusing on personal growth.
In a lawsuit filed in March, Chris Cuomo asserted that his career had suffered damages exceeding $125 million. He alleged that CNN had allowed certain colleagues to breach standards and practices to boost viewership, mirroring the alleged treatment he received. Furthermore, he asserted that his termination by CNN had cost him nearly $15 million in salary he would have earned if he had completed his last contract.
This is not the first time Chris Cuomo has discussed his CNN departure. In a previous appearance on “Real Time With Bill Maher,” he candidly shared his sense of purposelessness following the events, noting how adversity revealed the true nature of his friendships. Throughout it all, Cuomo’s journey serves as a reminder of the personal toll that can accompany public scrutiny and career upheaval.