Insiders say that — whereas CNN brass stood by Chris Cuomo after he was caught on digicam threatening a person who known as him “Fredo” — the newsroom rank and file was “embarrassed” by the blowup.
Cuomo, who hosts the 9 p.m. “Cuomo Prime Time,” informed the man within the Shelter Island confrontation that the “Godfather” reference was a racial slur “just like the ‘N-word’” for Italian-People, known as him “a punk-ass bitch” and informed him, “I’ll f–king destroy your s – t. I’ll f–king throw you down these stairs.”
One insider mentioned they personally thought the run-in was “nice” and that Cuomo would get a cross from higher-ups as a result of “he’s BFFs with [CNN president Jeff] Zucker.” One other mentioned the newsroom chatter was that “everybody thinks it’s nice to face as much as trolls, but it surely escalated well beyond the place it wanted to.” Whereas they mentioned Cuomo usually has an excellent fame with the employees, “It was embarrassing.” They added, “It was an unforced error, and he gave the correct — and the president — ammunition to make use of towards him and CNN.”
Trump had a subject day with the clip on Twitter, writing, amongst different issues, “I assumed Chris was Fredo additionally. The reality hurts. Completely misplaced it! Low scores [CNN],” and calling him “nuts.” After the video surfaced, CNN mentioned, “Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the usage of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup. We fully help him.”