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Video: CNN's Chris Cuomo Loses His Cool After Man Calls Him 'Fredo'

August 13, 2019 - 10:52 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- CNN says it "completely supports" anchor Chris Cuomo after he was seen on video threatening to push a man down some stairs during a confrontation after the man apparently called him "Fredo,'' in a seeming reference to the "Godfather'' movies. 
 
The video went viral after appearing Monday on a conservative YouTube channel.

Host Brandon Recor told The Washington Post the exchange happened Sunday at a bar in Shelter Island after a man approached Cuomo for a picture. The man made the video.

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The video doesn't show the "Fredo'' reference but depicts Cuomo's profanity-laced reaction as he characterizes the comment as an anti-Italian slur and compared it to the "N-word."

The man says he thought "Fredo'' was Cuomo's name.

"Fredo" is a reference to the fictional character Fredo Corleone in "The Godfather." He is the weaker and less intelligent of Vito Corleone's sons. 
 
CNN spokesman Matt Dornic tweeted that Cuomo "defended himself'' after being slurred in what Dornic calls "an orchestrated setup.''

Cuomo tweeted Tuesday that he appreciates all the support but says "I should be better than the guys baiting me."

Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity voiced his support for Cuomo tweeting in part, "Chris Cuomo has zero to apologize for. He deserves the apology."

Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said he was proud of Cuomo adding, "This happens all the time. It's quite racist."

President Donald Trump weighed in Tuesday morning saying, "I thought Chris was Fredo also. The truth hurts. Totally lost it! Low ratings @CNN."

Cuomo, the son of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and the brother of current Gov. Andrew Cuomo, did not anchor his show Monday night.

(© 2019 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report)