It’s on! Raw interview with CNN’s Cuomo has rival network’s Chuck Todd returning fire

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NBC’s Chuck Todd called out a “defensive” Chris Cuomo after the CNN anchor took a shot at him in a recent interview.

The “Meet the Press” moderator fired back at Cuomo during an appearance on WABC’s “Bernie and Sid in the Morning,” reacting to an interview the CNN host did with The Hollywood Reporter.

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“I don’t know much about him, I’m not kidding. I have no idea where he’s coming from,” Todd told the New York radio show.

In his comments arguing that CNN had more influence than NBC, Cuomo had compared Todd and CNN’s Jake Tapper in the profile filled with f-bombs published earlier this week.

“Anderson Cooper is a hell of a lot bigger than any male anywhere on network television,” Cuomo told The Hollywood Reporter. “I would argue that Chuck Todd ain’t Jake Tapper. Jake Tapper has a much bigger footprint in politics than Chuck Todd does.”

Todd explained that he had no previous problems with Cuomo and found the comment odd, noting that Tapper – who hosts CNN’s Sunday show, “State of the Union” – is “probably one of my closest friends.”

“I just read it as somebody who wanted to defend that fact that nobody in broadcast television wanted to hire him I guess or he couldn’t get the job that he wanted,” Todd said.

“I don’t know what it was but he was awfully defensive so he took shots at other people,” he added.

Mediaite offered an analysis of the first quarter ratings this year, as noted by TV Newser:

Chuck Todd’s Meet the Press dominated the Sunday talk show gamut with about 3.7 million in total viewers. Factoring the live show plus streaming numbers o the same day, MTP bested CBS, ABC, and Fox broadcast by double digits. Jake Tapper‘s Sunday show State of the Union, meanwhile, usually pulls in under 1 million total viewers.

By the way, we checked on Cuomo’s numbers, too, although he isn’t up against Chuck Todd directly. In the first quarter he pulled about 1.34 million in total viewers and about 337k in demo — leading CNN’s ratings.

 

Fox News noted that Wednesday’s “Hannity” came in on top of ratings again, pulling in 3.29 million viewers, while MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” had 2.6 million. “Cuomo trailed a distant third, with only 901,000 viewers, according to Adweek,” Fox News reported.

Twitter users chimed in on Cuomo’s remarks.

Cuomo, the son of Democrat and three-term New York Governor Mario Cuomo – serving from 1983 to 1994 – and younger brother of New York’s powerful governor, Andrew, told The Hollywood Reporter that he was “built for the battle.”

He also revealed he was once a target of so-called “SWATing” when someone reported a “possible shooting and hostage situation” at his beach house in the Hamptons.

“I’ve got to move because it spooked my f—ing wife,” Cuomo said. “I have people f—ing threatening me on a regular basis. … That’s a whole new reality for me.”

The shot at Todd and the NBC host’s return fire sent Twitter users scrambling for their popcorn on Friday.

Frieda Powers

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