The CNN prime-time host took a hard look at his life and career as he let it all out on his SiriusXM radio show on Monday, punctuating his rant with moments of profanity and insults as he pondered his network television future.
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo says his COVID diagnosis has made him rethink his career: “I don’t like what I do, professionally, I’ve decided … I don’t value indulging irrationality, hyper-partisanship. I don’t think it’s worth my time anymore.”pic.twitter.com/l2henSCyEn
— mahafuj (@mahafuj6) April 14, 2020
The 49-year-old younger brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on the mend from the coronavirus which quarantined him at the end of March. Though he continued to appear on his CNN show from his Southampton home, Cuomo admitted Monday that his battle with the virus left him questioning his priorities and his public persona.
“I don’t want to spend my time doing things that I don’t think are valuable enough to me personally,” Cuomo said, as reported by the New York Post. “I don’t value indulging irrationality, hyper-partisanship.”
In a candid confession that may have been brought on from the COVID-19 fever recovery, Cuomo admitted, “I don’t like what I do professionally,” adding,“I don’t think it’s worth my time.”
He went on to tell listeners about an incident that occurred on Easter Sunday when a man on a motorcycle allegedly confronted him for being outside with his family.
“I don’t want some jackass, loser, fat-tire biker being able to pull over and get in my space and talk bullsh– to me, I don’t want to hear it,” Cuomo said, adding that, because as a public figure, he was not able to say what he wanted in response, and tell the biker to “go to hell.”
In an infamous confrontation last year, Cuomo threatened to throw a man down the stairs after he insulted him by calling him “Fredo.”
“That matters to me more than making millions of dollars a year… because I’ve saved my money and I don’t need it anymore,” he said Monday.
“I want to be able to tell you to go to hell, to shut your mouth… I don’t get that doing what I do for a living,” he continued. “Me being able to tell you to shut your mouth or I will do you the way you guys do each other.”
The “Cuomo Prime Time” host went on to say he no longer wants to waste time “trafficking in things that I think are ridiculous,” such as “talking to Democrats about things that I don’t really believe they mean” and “talking to Republicans about them parroting things they feel they have to say.”
To that, he added speaking about President Trump, “who we all know is full of s–t by design.”
Cuomo’s introspection led him to a philosophical assessment of his future as he thought about tolerating the opinions of others.
“I don’t think its worth it to me because I don’t think I mean enough, I don’t think I matter enough, I don’t think I can really change anything, so then what am I really doing?” he wondered.
“I’m basically being perceived as successful in a system that I don’t value,” he continued. “I’m seen as being good at being on TV and advocating for different positions… but I don’t know if I value those things, certainly not as much as I value being able to live my life on my own terms.”
Talking about the man on the motorcycle who confronted him, Cuomo said,“here I am in an almost powerless position against this a–hole because I’m a celebrity and he’s allowed to say whatever he wants to me.”
“And I have to take it or he’s gonna call the New York Post and lie about something and then I’m going to have to deal with it,” he added.
“I have to tolerate people’s opinion about me because I’m a public figure,” Cuomo said. “I don’t want to do that, I don’t think it’s worth it to me.”
He spoke to CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Monday about how his low-grade fever is persisting though he has been feeling better.
.@chriscuomo shares an update on his own battle with coronavirus:
“I’m ready to get out of the basement. I’m sick of being sick. I’ve had it. I want to get back to work. But I’m not ready and I don’t have a plan to be ready.” https://t.co/hxZmIKRlAW pic.twitter.com/H5vzjdj9KV
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) April 14, 2020
Cuomo’s stunning meltdown on his radio show sparked plenty of surprised comments from Twitter users like conservative actor James Woods who agreed and said, “I admire that.”
I admire that. Why should you do what you don’t like? You’re smart. You can do things… https://t.co/NdknBAMjNQ
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) April 14, 2020
Never thought I would agree with Chris Cuomo on something. https://t.co/7HAmyjynL7
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 14, 2020
I’ll admire him when he actually walks away. He has the money. He said so himself. Until that time, this is just a privileged guy ranting.
— Dan Watson (@DanWatsonSD) April 14, 2020
I love that his turning point was not being able to tell someone to go to hell.
— Plastic MMogg (@MM0GG) April 14, 2020
Well he works for CNN, and seems to be saying that they are hyper partisan, which is pretty damning to that network. But we all know this already.
— Джон Крокетт (@crockejo) April 14, 2020
Fredo setting up his departure from CNN in preparation for his brother’s presidential run. No way does Sleepy Joe make it all the way to November.
— Frankie Five Angels (@MyBigPost) April 14, 2020
I don’t think he’s as great as he sees himself…
— crissie Pepple (@cjpepple) April 14, 2020
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