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Chris Cuomo ‘I was going to kill everyone and myself’ after CNN firing


Chris Cuomo dramatically claimed he was “going to kill everyone” including himself when he was fired by CNN.

The former primetime anchor was kicked off the network at the end of 2021 for advising his brother, then New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, through a sexual misconduct scandal.

Chris, 52, told former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci on his ‘Open Book with Anthony Scaramucci’ podcast, “I had to accept [my firing] because I was going to kill everyone, including myself. Things can consume you.

The ousted reporter admitted he “makes a lot of mistakes” and started therapy after being “canned” by CNN bosses.

“There are damages that are relatable, there are damages that are not related to the people that I have to deal with, that I work on,” he continued.

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Chris Cuomo has admitted he was going to kill himself and ‘everyone else’ after being kicked out of CNN in 2021.
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Chris has since made a TV return on NewsNation, but revealed he was hampered by his new show’s declining viewership figures.

The Post reported that “Cuomo” saw 147,000 viewers when it debuted in October 2022, and its explosive interview with artist Kanye West only drew 129,000 viewers.

Chris’ NewsNation show averaged about 63,000 viewers per night, an abysmal turnout compared to his CNN show, “Cuomo Prime Time,” which averaged more than a million viewers per night.

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He told Anthony Scaramucci he was in therapy to deal with the “embarrassment” of his professional upheaval.
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He remembers: “At CNN and I was not cut out to be [No. 1]. I wasn’t the big name there, I didn’t have the big team, they didn’t advertise me. But I was still number one. For what ? Because it was the best show. Because I was giving people what they needed at that time.

At NewsNation, however, Chris knows the audience is “small” and “people don’t want to watch.”

Cuomo with his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, both wearing black tie, at the 2015 Robin Hood Foundation Benefit at the Jacob Javitz Center in May 2015 in New York City.
Despite being fired from CNN, the presenter has always stood by his decision to defend his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
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Despite being fired from CNN, the presenter has always stood by his decision to defend his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
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“It’s hard to look back on that because it’s kind of embarrassing,” he lamented before sternly telling The Mooch, “I’ll never be [No. 1] Again.”

“I believe it was taken, I believe wrongly. I will plead this. I’m not going to bitch about it in the press.

Chris is suing CNN for more than $60 million for his ousting. We think the case is ongoing.

Chris Cuomo looks stressed and without his usual TV makeup in an Instagram photo he took during a trip to Ukraine in 2022.
Chris is suing CNN for $60 million.

He said he was also “in dispute” with the publisher of his book, “Deep Denial,” which was canceled after he was fired.

His attorney did not immediately return to Page Six.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.