Chris Cuomo visited HBOs Real time with Bill Maher on Friday and pondered his departure from CNN.
At the start of the sit-down, host Bill Maher asked Cuomo if he was happy that his recently launched podcast, The Chris Cuomo Project, has received attention. Cuomo was previously a CNN host until the cable channel dropped him in December when details surfaced that he was advising his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on sexual harassment allegations.
“Fortunately — probably not the right word,” Cuomo replied. “I feel like I lost a sense of purpose for a while because of how things ended.”
Cuomo said his goal with his future projects is to “break the toxic duo of partisan politics and talk to the sheer amount of people in this country who are just normal, and they want things to make sense.”
When Maher asked if it feels good to hear reports that CNN’s ratings in his former timeslot have dropped significantly since he left, Cuomo said he didn’t and that he doesn’t believe in gloating. “It’s a great organization and they’re great people there,” he said. “I want good things for the people there. I don’t like how it ended. I had a great team that I couldn’t say goodbye to. I just want to move on.”
When asked how brother Andrew is doing after he resigned as governor of New York in August, Chris said, “I should say, ‘Oh, he’s great,’ but we’d call that bullshit, right?” The journalist added: “He’s struggled, and I’ve seen it and I’m proud of how he handles himself.”
Cuomo also discussed his own newly announced primetime show on cable network NewsNation, which will debut this fall: “I go to NewsNation because I believe in insurgent media, and I think NewsNation has a chance of not being seen as groupthink.”