Former CNN host Chris Cuomo announced on Tuesday during NewsNation’s Dan Abrams Live he will host his prime-time show on the network beginning in the fall.
Eight months after he was fired by CNN, Cuomo announced his new program and stated that he wants “to build something special here,” and that NewsNation has “great people who are hungry to make a difference in ways that I think matter.”
On Abrams’ show, Cuomo said he chose NewsNation because he does not want to return to the major news media networks. Cuomo also said the show will feature opinion, not just straight news.
“I don’t think I can make a difference there. We need insurgent media. I think we need outlets that aren’t fringe and just trying to fill their pockets,” Cuomo told Abrams.
CNN fired Cuomo for allegedly interfering on behalf of his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was facing multiple sexual misconduct allegations at the time.
Though the younger Cuomo said he would not cover the news on his show for CNN, investigations eventually found he helped advise his brother on messaging strategies. He also contacted friends in the media to tell him what stories would publish in the news.
However, Cuomo told Abrams he never tried to influence stories in his brother’s favor. When talking about the scandal, Cuomo said he was proud of his brother’s struggle.
“Watching them when it’s hard, when they’re hurt, when they’ve hurt others, that’s when you learn what somebody is about,” he told Abrams.
Cuomo alleges CNN knew the whole time that he helped his brother and filed a $125 million suit against the media company claiming wrongful termination.