Former CNN host Chris Cuomo claimed on a recent podcast he was going to “kill everybody,” including himself, after the network fired him.
Cuomo was let go from the network in 2021 for his involvement in covering up the sexual assault allegations against his brother, former Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo told former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci on Scaramucci’s “Open Book with Anthony Scaramucci,” that he “had to accept [his firing] because [he] was going to kill everybody, including [himself].”
“Things can consume you,” he added.
Cuomo said after his firing he entered therapy.
“There is damage that is relatable, there is damage that is unreliable to people that I have to deal with, that I am working on.” (RELATED: Chris Cuomo Denies Contacting Media To Cover Up His Brother’s Scandal)
.@ChrisCuomo tells me on this week’s Open Book: ‘I’m very flawed, there’s damage… I still fail and I have learned to accept it. I had to accept, because I was gonna kill everybody, including myself.”
Don’t miss our conversation 👇https://t.co/h1Zcd9emOv
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) February 15, 2023
Cuomo also shared that he feels embarrassed because his NewsNation show pales in viewer comparison to his show on CNN.
“At CNN … I wasn’t set up to be [No. 1]. I wasn’t the big name there. I didn’t have the big team, they didn’t do the advertising about me. But I was still No. 1. Why? Because it was the best show. Because I was giving people what they needed in that moment.”
Cuomo then acknowledged his newer audience is much smaller at NewsNation and that “people don’t want to watch.”
“It’s hard to keep perspective on that because it’s kind of embarrassing,” Cuomo said. “I will never be [No. 1] again.”
“I believe that was taken, I believe wrongly. I will litigate that. I am not going to bitch about it in the press.”
Cuomo is suing his former network for $60 million.
CNN President Chris Licht said in November he would “absolutely not” rehire Cuomo to the network.