Former CNN anchor’s Chris Cuomo’s new NewsNation’s show, CUOMO, debuted on Monday.
Cuomo, who was relieved of his duties with CNN in December, said his new nightly hour “won’t be typical,” going onto say that “learned lessons good and bad” since his departure from CNN.
Cuomo spoke of his hopes for the new show in his opening segment.
“I’ve relied on my friends, my family, my therapist, and thankfully, it’s been the case that what doesn’t kill us, does make us stronger. I’ve been humbled by what happened, but I am also hungry to do better in a way that I have never done before. So, this show is going to be different from what I have done in the past because I’m different,” Cuomo said.
He also promised that he “won’t follow the pack,” before telling viewers that too much of the conversation within the mainstream media is to either label people as left or right.
“I’m not here to follow the pack. I’m here to expose the game. When you see it, I’m going to say it, and I am going to show you, this is why things get covered this way. This is what this move means by the left. This is what this means by the right. And I believe that we can focus on common ground with our leaders here and the collective will to find solutions,” Cuomo added.
Cuomo said that NewsNation would deliver a pragmatic approach to deliver news and it would counter other major networks.
Cuomo revealed his new show during a sit-down chat with NewsNation’s Dan Abrams Live, where he talked about his new role and what he wanted to achieve.
“I want to help. I want to find a way to help people. I’m going to come to NewsNation, and I want to build something special here,” Cuomo said at the time. “We’re really hungry to make a difference in ways that I think matter.”
“I have decided that I can’t go back to what people see as ‘the big game.’ I don’t think I can make a difference there,” he shared. “I think we need insurgent media. I think we need outlets that aren’t fringe and just trying to fill their pockets.”
Cuomo’s departure from CNN came after he was suspended when documents surfaced that indicated he may have used his sources as a journalist and media personality to assist his brother Andrew Cuomo, who was Governor of New York at the time, build a legal defense against sexual harassment claims made against him.
Cuomo discussed these allegations and said during an interview with Dan Abrams that his position remains the same.
“I never contacted any media who were covering my brother to try to affect their coverage,” he said at the time. “I talk to people in the media all the time. They’re most of the people in my life.”
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