Chris Cuomo and Dan Abrams denied claims made in the New York Post that the fired host was vying for the NewsNation standby’s primetime slot.
On Sunday the Post reported that Cuomo had been fuming throughout the NewsNation offices, raging against bad ratings and .
As Cuomo wrapped up his 8pm show and Abrams took the stage at 9pm, the production team appeared to ask Cuomo to stay on to discuss it with Abrams.
Abrams feigned anger at Cuomo, saying he had ‘a bone to pick’ with him and demanding to know why he was going behind his back to vie for the 9pm slot.
‘I read the New York Post and they’re telling me that you’ve been vying for my hour, and that you’ve been going to the bosses and saying ‘Oh I want Abrams to move to 8 and I’m gonna move to 9,’ and I’ve got a problem with that,’ Abrams said.
He then told Cuomo: ‘I would prefer to do eight o’clock.’
After Cuomo said ‘but you’re the big dog, that’s how it goes’, Abrams replied: ‘No, apparently I’m not, because if I was the big dog, I’d be still doing eight o’clock.’
Abrams then said: ‘What your ratings in our little world here like whoa, Cuomo is hitting homeruns every night.’
During the back and forth, Cuomo denied the Post’s report.
NewsNation also previously denied the Post’s report, calling the claims of Cuomo’s rage ‘completely, totally, 100% inaccurate.’
Chris Cuomo appeared on the show of fellow NewsNation anchor Dan Abrams’ show to deny reports from the New York Post that he was vying for a new slot
Abrams continued his segment on Monday to poke fun at the way Cuomo is characterized in the New York Post’s stories.
‘Every week you’re yelling at somebody apparently, you’re angry about this and you’re angry about that and Cuomo was furious,’ Abrams said, then touted Cuomo’s ratings at NewsNation.
According to the Post, Cuomo’s viewership ratings have been declining since his new show aired in early October, citing an average viewership of 119,000 viewers in the week of the 17th.
NewsNation pushed back on that characterization, telling DailyMail.com that viewership for Cuomo had increased 276 percent since his show aired.
The pair staged a joking confrontation over the Post’s reports, then proceeded to lambast the report and the Post’s coverage of Cuomo
Cuomo joined NewsNation in early October after being fired from CNN
Cuomo, seen in October 2018, was fired by CNN in December last year
Chris Cuomo on set at his new NewsNation show, which has been airing for the last four weeks
Cuomo’s debut pulled in 147,000 on October 4. According to Nielsen Media Research the show has pulled in 193,000 viewers on October 4, and then 174,000 and 159,000 the following two days.
But the show has seemingly dropped off since then, bringing in just 129,000 viewers during his interview with Kanye West.
Those numbers are a far cry from Cuomo’s viewership at CNN – roughly one-sixth of the 849,000 he drew in at this time last year, according to .
NewsNation is a relatively new broadcaster which bills itself as offering neutral reporting on current events – a marked departure for Cuomo, who enjoyed inserting his opinions into stories while on CNN.
Cuomo is reportedly earning $1 million the hosting gig – a fraction of his former $6 million-a-year paycheck at CNN.
Cuomo was canned by CNN executives for violating journalistic ethics by advising his disgraced brother – former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo – through sexual misconduct allegations in 2021.
Cuomo was found to have helped his brother, ex-New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (pictured here), defend himself from sexual harassment allegations from 11 women
Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Allison Gollust, who resigned along with Zucker, is thought to have engaged in the relationship with him for years
Cuomo has since maintained he did nothing wrong in advising his older brother and is currently suing CNN for $125million for lost wages, with the lawsuit claiming the firing left his reputation so marred that it would be ‘difficult if not impossible for Cuomo to find similar work in the future.’
During a promotional interview for the new show earlier this month, Cuomo appeared to try to distance himself from the partisan reporting of his past.
‘Everything’s gotta be context, and balance,’ he said in an interview with NewsNation. ‘It can’t just be that everything is wrong, everything is bad, and I see that now having been outside of it for while, and I hope to bring that perspective in.
‘NewsNation is just getting going, the idea of developing an audience, growing something, that’s really important to me. Cause I’m really trying to speak to a group, which the good news is it’s the biggest group, which is regular people who don’t identify with either extreme of a party,’ he said.
Despite his hiatus from the broadcaster’s chair, Cuomo has remained in the headlines since his departure from CNN.
Many have speculated Cuomo may have sparked the shakeup currently rocking CNN by ratting on former CEO Jeff Zucker over a consensual relationship with the network’s Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Allison Gollus, which led directly to the executive’s firing.
Cuomo has described Zucker as ‘one of the best makers of television’ and the relationship being revealed gave him ‘no joy,’ adding that Zucker ‘gave me tremendous opportunities.’
Despite the kind words for his former boss, Cuomo bitterly lamented that he was ‘recognized in Malawi as much as I would be in Milwaukee’ before his firing.
Cuomo continues to maintain he doesn’t see anything wrong with his actions, and says because he wasn’t covering his brother’s allegations, he was free to help him.
‘I was helping him in ways that I thought were reasonable,’ said Cuomo in an interview earlier in October.
Former CNN boss Jeff Zucker was terminated from his position when he didn’t disclose a relationship with CNN executive Allison Gollust, though Cuomo denies exposing them
‘I was helping him in ways that I thought were reasonable,’ said Chris Cuomo, right, of helping his brother Andrew, left, defend himself against sexual harassment allegations
‘I don’t know how it hurt the audience. I’ve never heard that it hurt the audience,’ he said of his helping shape his brother’s defense against sexual harassment allegations.
At the time he issued an on-air apology on CNN, Cuomo said that he ‘knows where the line is’.
He addressed the conflict of interest again in his podcast, saying: ‘I really do regret how everything ended, but I will never regret helping my family.’
Andrew Cuomo’s career collapsed as a politician after he was accused of inappropriate sexual behavior towards 11 women.
He resigned in August 2021 after months of pushback and eventually all criminal charges were dropped against him.
The charges against Cuomo were based on allegations by Brittany Commisso, who said Cuomo reached up her blouse and grabbed her breast in late 2020 while they were alone in his Executive Mansion office, where she´d been summoned to help with his cellphone.
He insisted he did no such thing, saying ‘it would be an act of insanity.’
Commisso’s testimony was among the most damning in a report released in August 2021 by Democratic state Attorney General Letitia James that concluded Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women.
Chris Cuomo maintains that he was not ‘the main guy’ in helping his brother overcome the allegations and was merely a ‘side piece’ in the efforts.
This notion is backed up by notes from his brother’s top aide Melissa DeRosa, who noted ‘Chris sends me a lot of things a lot of the time. Half of it I don’t engage in. He gives unsolicited advice.’
The former governor situs gacor was also blamed for many of New York’s 15,000 nursing home COVID deaths after forcing the facilities to accept COVID-positive patients at the start of the pandemic.
Chris chummily interviewed his brother on his CNN show during the time and has admitted he knew having his brother on his show was a conflict of interest ‘all day long.’