Gov. Cuomo Uses 'N-Word' During Live Radio Interview

Erica Brosnan
October 15, 2019 - 12:53 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo dropped the N-word during a live radio interview Tuesday morning while discussing negative connotations often associated with Italian-Americans.

During an interview with WAMC Radio, he was asked about the controversy surrounding Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which is celebrated in some states in place of Columbus Day, and the conversation turned into a discussion about the history of Italians in America.

He referenced a New York Times op-Ed that ran in the Saturday edition of the paper and used the N-word while talking about slurs that were often directed at Italians.

“They used an expression that southern Italians were called, I believe they were saying southern Italians, Sicilians — I’m half Sicilian — were called, quote-unquote – and pardon my language, but I’m just quoting the Times – ‘(explicit) wops,’” Cuomo said.

The on-air blunder comes just a few months after Cuomo’s brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, was caught on camera going off on an expletive-filled rant after somebody called him “Fredo” – a reference to Fredo Corleone from “The Godfather.”

The CNN anchor, at the time, said calling an Italian-American “Fredo,” was similar to using the N-word.

Following the incident, Gov. Cuomo was quick to defend his brother in another WAMC interview, saying, “Don't you dare liken my family to the family you saw in 'The Godfather.’”

Gov. Cuomo then said the use of pervasive stereotypes – such as Italian-Americans being linked to organized crime – is dangerous.