Chris Cuomo returned to primetime television on Monday for his new NewsNation television show
Chris Cuomo made his return to primetime television Monday night, debuting his new NewsNation show just 10 months after he was fired from CNN.
Cuomo quoted Shakespeare’s The Tempest to start things off, saying, ‘The past is prologue.’
‘Meaning that all that has happened before led to this moment, and so it is with me being here with you tonight. I believe that,’ he said, noting he has ‘learned lessons good and bad’ since his firing.
Cuomo was let go from CNN after it was revealed he helped his brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, through a sexual harassment scandal.
An investigation by the New York Attorney General’s office unveiled that he had used his media connections to learn about planned stories about his brother’s misconduct.
CNN fired Cuomo for violating its journalistic ethics, a move Cuomo has since sued the network for, claiming wrongful termination.
While his Cuomo Primetime on CNN was the network’s most popular show, averaging 2 million nightly viewers in 2020, NewsNation, a relatively new network, only brought in about 46,000 viewers last year.
Owneed by Nexstar Media, NewsNation says it aims to be ‘America’s source for unbiased news’ and Cuomo hammered in on that idea during his debut.
‘It’s obvious to me that we need people in my position to do more, to not just play or even referee the game that is plaguing our politics and society,’ he said. ‘That means exposing the game, show when it’s played, show how it’s being played, and also to be more transparent about where my head is on the issues that we cover.’
Leading up to his new show on NewsNation, Cuomo spoke highly of the network for ‘believing in the work’ he’s done with his podcast, the Chris Cuomo Project.
‘I look forward to building something special here – covering news wherever it happens and having conversations that cater to common concerns and solutions rather than political parties or the political circus,’ Cuomo previously said.
NewsNation’s President Michael Corn reportedly led the effort in recruiting Cuomo despite his ongoing legal battles with his former employer, according to exclusive reporting on the deal from OutKick.
Corn had been appointed to the role at NewsNation but previously worked at ABC’s Good Morning America, where two former female employees accused him of sexual assault and promoting a toxic work environment.
That lawsuit was dismissed earlier this year, over a year after he was hired by NewsNation.
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