Chris Cuomo 'Fredo' tirade defended by CNN

Carla Harmon
August 13, 2019

Chris Cuomo, a host on CNN, got in a guy's face earlier this week after the guy called him Fredo.

In the video, the man insisted he thought Fredo was Cuomo's name, and the CNN host said calling someone of Italian heritage by that name was a racist slur like the "n-word". Are any of you Italian? Cuomo asks the man and unknown people off-camera. "It's an insult to your people". Cuomo threatened to throw the man down the stairs, arguing it was akin to using the n-word.

Cuomo announced Monday afternoon that "Cuomo Prime Time" would be back on-air next week.

CNN provided the following statement to Mediaite: "Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup. We completely support him".

The video, which blew up after being published on a right-wing YouTube channel called "THAT'S THE POINT with Brandon", captures Cuomo growing agitated and ultimately threatening violence after an unidentified man approaches him and apparently calls him "Fredo".

The man says that he believed "Fredo" was Cuomo's name, which sets off the CNN anchor. The channel reported that the man was a "news fan" and simply wanted to take a photo with the prominent TV personality when Cuomo burst into his tirade.

"What, what you gonna do about it?" the man asked.

Back on the video, when things grew more heated, Cuomo said he would resort to violence, threatening to "fucking throw you down these stairs like a fucking punk". However, that innocuous piece of flattery does little to placate the anchor, who says: "If you want to play, we'll f*cking play" and goes on with his rant peppered with profanities.

"I'll f--ing ruin your sh-t, man", Cuomo tells him.

Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House Communications Director, added: "Very proud of @ChrisCuomo this happens all the time".

But the part of the "Fredo" dig that may have really ticked off Cuomo the most was the parallels to other aspects of the characters, including being the son and brother of powerful Italian men. "Fredo is from The Godfather". But the Trump family comparisons did not provoke almost the same debate - even on Cuomo's show, an observation not lost on conservative critics Monday night.

CNN host Chris Cuomo went ballistic over a man calling him "Fredo, ' the name of the 'weak" middle brother in The Godfather.

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