Fox News’ Tucker Carlson made a guest appearance on “Gutfeld!” on Wednesday night to debate Greg Gutfeld on the question of which CNN host is the dumbest, Don Lemon or Chris Cuomo. The sidesplitting exchange was filled with clever insults and astute analysis as each tried to convince the other which of the two CNN hacks were the most genuinely moronic.
Gutfeld, who currently hosts the eponymous and highest-rated* late-night talk show on cable, said he thinks Don Lemon qualifies for that embarrassing distinction, while Carlson maintained that it’s Chris Cuomo. On his show on Tuesday, Carlson dubbed Cuomo “the single dumbest person ever to perform on cable news.” The Fox News host added, “He makes Don Lemon look like a particle physicist.”
As he always does when mentioning Lemon, Carlson intentionally mispronounced his name as “Le-mahn.”
During their debate, Gutfeld argued, “So I contend that while Cuomo makes dumber decisions than Lemon, Lemon is just naturally slower. Cuomo is more of a performer where Lemon just speaks his mind, which explains his stupidity.”
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“I agreed with you for many years, Carlson replied. “I thought that Chris Cuomo was putting on an act.”
Tucker then highlighted his past employment at CNN and his experiences with the pair of dunces:
“I used to work at CNN. I know people there. I pay attention. That guy is every bit as stupid as he seems. He went to Yale Law School – his dad was the governor of New York at the time – and he doesn’t know what’s in the First Amendment. He has zero sense of humor, which is always a tell. But here is the absolute settling factor. He speaks only in cliches. If you listen carefully to Chris Cuomo, you will find not a single phrase that you can’t instantly get on Instagram. All of it. So, dumb people speaking cliches.
Don Le-mahn by contrast, not a genius, but he gets the joke. Like he sort of knows “I’m a guy with no skills. I was a local news anchor in Atlanta, and look where I am now.” He finds the whole thing hilarious.”
Gutfeld said both Cuomo and Lemon lack the ability to feel embarrassment, stating, “They go out there, they deliver the same tripe every day, but they wake up and they’re as happy as clams.”
“No, no, no,” interjected Carlson. “I disagree, I disagree. Chris Cuomo’s totally tormented. You watch Chris Cuomo and there’s a deep self-loathing. Like, he knows how dumb he is and he’s mad about it. That’s what the, you know, the anabolic steroids are about obviously. Don Le-mahn is totally happy in his mindless haze.”
Carlson expressed contempt for Wallace without mentioning her by name, saying, “By the way, the woman – not Joy Reid, the other one on MSNBC – is so loathsome, I am proud to say I have never uttered her name since I met her in 1999 when she was Jeb Bush’s flack. She was nasty and stupid then. She’s worse now. Ugh. Worst person on television.”
Gutfeld responded by saying, “You know, this might be [our] greatest segment.”
This author wrote on Tuesday that Don Lemon was the dumbest man on television, but admittedly both he and Cuomo have spent years unwittingly vying for the title, and it’s always been a close race.
*According to BusinessWire, August 31:
FOX News Channel Scores 94 of Top 100 Cable Telecasts in August With Total Viewers
FNC Reigns as Number One in All of Weekday Primetime Television During the Past Three Weeks
“Gutfeld!” Delivers Strongest Month Since Launch; Notches First Weekly Wins Over CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and Continues to Outpace ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel and NBC’s Jimmy Fallon
CNN Sees Worst Month in Weekday Primetime Viewers Since June 2019, MSNBC Notches Lowest Total Day and Primetime A25-54 Since December 2015
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