Appearing on Anthony Scaramucci’s Open Book podcast on Wednesday, former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo opened up about the inner turmoil he felt after he was “s–t-canned” by CNN in the wake of multiple scandals, admitting that he considered killing “everybody, including myself.”
“I’m very flawed. There’s damage, there’s damage that’s relatable to people, there’s damage that’s unrelatable to people that I have to deal with, that I try to deal with, that I do the work on. I still fail,” Cuomo said.
“And I have learned to accept that. I had to accept because I was gonna kill everybody, including myself,” he added. “Things can consume you. Italians are so passionate. And I really had to fight against that because, you know, just like you did, I got too many people counting on me.”
He continued to blather, “And look, I’m gonna screw up. And I always tell my kids, you know, almost 20, 17, 13, that — don’t be me. Learn from me… And don’t idolize me because I am no idol. I’m just someone to learn from, for better and worse. And I wish I had been told that more. I wish I didn’t have to go through the same cycle that so many of us do where you put everyone in your life up on a pedestal, because when they fall, that rebound effect is usually too dramatic. And had I just had clearer eyes from the beginning, it would have made more sense sooner.”
Cuomo was initially benched by the network following revelations of his close involvement in the sexual harassment scandal plaguing his brother, ousted Democrat New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whom the primetime host actively advised behind the scenes despite suggesting otherwise to viewers.
Cuomo has since joined NewsNation, hosting a primetime show that averages fewer than 200,000 viewers.