Chris Cuomo kicks off new primetime show on NewsNation: 'I’ve been humbled by what happened'

On the debut of Chris Cuomo’s new primetime NewsNation show, simply named Cuomo, the former CNN host began by alluding to his exit from his former network amid multiple scandals, and his time away from the news business.

“I’ve been humbled by what happened, and I’m also hungry to do better in a way that I’ve never been before,” Cuomo said. “So this show is going to be different than what I’ve done in the past because I’m different, and I’ve spent a lot of time looking and listening on the sidelines.”

Cuomo made multiple references in his monologue to “the game” that is constantly being played in American politics and the role the media plays.

“It’s obvious to me that we need people in my position to do more,” Cuomo said, “to not just play or even referee the game that is plaguing our politics and society. That means exposing the game. Show when it’s played. Show how it’s being played.”

As an example of the game Cuomo spoke of, he pointed to the messaging the right and left use on immigration to demonize the other side.

“Why is all the focus on the migrants? The game,” Cuomo said. “It allows the left to show that the right has no heart, and for the right to show that the left has no head for law and order. Again, the problem works better for them than finding a solution. That is the game, and we have to change the game.”

Video Transcript

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CHRIS CUOMO: Hey, I'm Chris Cuomo. Thank you for joining me on the first night of a new mission. So are you ready to change the game. Good. Let's get after it.

KYLIE MAR: Chris Cuomo's new primetime show, simply named "Cuomo," kicked off on NewsNation Monday. Cuomo began his new venture by alluding to his firing from CNN late last year after multiple scandals.

CHRIS CUOMO: I've been humbled by what happened. And I'm also hungry to do better in a way that I've never been before. So this show is going to be different than what I've done in the past because I'm different. And I've spent a lot of time looking and listening on the sidelines.

KYLIE MAR: Cuomo said he'd exposed the game that American politics has become and the role the media plays in today's political discourse.

CHRIS CUOMO: 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, that means exposing the game, show when it's played, show how it's being played.

KYLIE MAR: Cuomo pointed to the messaging from the right and the left on immigration as just one example of how each side uses certain issues to demonize the other, rather than looking for an actual solution, which is all part of the game he claims they're playing.

CHRIS CUOMO: Why is all the focus on the migrants? The game? It allows the left to show that the right has no heart and for the right to show that the left has no head for law and order. Again, the problem works better for them than finding a solution. That is the game and we have to change the game.

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