CNN news anchor Christopher Cuomo got into a verbal spat with his brother New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on live television late Monday night.
Cuomo invited his brother on to his programme, Cuomo Primetime, following his highly publicized press conference in which he talked about measures his state would be undertaking to help quell the spread of the coronavirus.
The Governor also warned that the COVID-19 outbreak would stretch U.S. hospitals to their capacity, adding that the nation did not have enough hospital beds to handle the pandemic.
However, things took a turn for the worse when the two began discussing the issue of curfews.
“I don’t like the word curfew, dad tried to have a curfew for me. I never got past the resentment, but I do believe you’ll see more tightening, if the numbers don’t slow,” said Governor Cuomo as he referred to greater measures that could be implement if COVID-19 continues to spread.
“That’s the least of your problems, just so you know,” interjected the news anchor Cuomo.
Things got ugly when the Governor accused his brother of frequently violating curfews set by their parents.
“You violated the curfew all the time, it caused much pain but that’s a different story,” said the Governor.
“I don’t believe in rules,” rebutted the news anchor.
The younger Cuomo, in thanking his brother for coming on to his programme went on to throw some major shade at the Governor stating, “Governor Andrew Cuomo, I appreciate you coming on this show, I love you, I am proud of what you’re doing, I know you’re working hard for your state but, no matter how hard your working there is always time to call mom, she wants to hear from you.”
Governor Cuomo, who appeared to nod his head in agreement, then calmly responded to his brother noting that he had called his mother just before he came on to the show.
“I called mom just before I came on to the show, by the way, she said I was her favourite. Good news is she said you were her second favourite. Her second favourite son – Christopher,” said the Governor who smiled widely.
The news anchor, who appeared very upset, responded that his brother was lying noting that neither of them were their mom’s favourite son.
This may be the last time Governor Andrew Cuomo is invited to speak on his brother’s programme.
Cuomo Primetime, which premiered in March 2018, has an average of 1,107,000 viewers with 270,000 in the key 25-54 age demographic, according to Nielsen Media Research.