Last week, The Hollywood Reporter published an in-depth interview they did with CNN primetime blowhard Chris Cuomo on his media career, how he got started, where he is, and where he’d like to go with it.
In the middle of the interview, Cuomo inexplicably took a shot at NBC News‘s Chuck Todd:
But broadcast news shows, particularly light-hearted morning fare, don’t interest him, despite their larger audiences. It’s an issue of political relevance. “Anderson Cooper is a hell of a lot bigger than any male anywhere on network television,” he says. “I would argue that Chuck Todd ain’t Jake Tapper. Jake Tapper has a much bigger footprint in politics than Chuck Todd does.”
Todd, in a Friday response, was not having it:
Speaking on WABC’s “Bernie and Sid in the Morning” radio show, Todd said he was baffled as to why Cuomo side-swiped him.
“I don’t know the guy, I’ve met him once, I don’t know much about him, I’m not kidding. I’ve no idea where this guy’s coming from,” he told the hosts.
“I just read it as somebody who wanted to defend the fact that nobody in broadcast television wanted to hire him I guess, or he couldn’t get the job that he wanted. I don’t know what it was but he was awfully defensive, so he took shots at other people. I’m like, ‘dude.'”
He continued: “If you’re going to promote somebody, promote somebody. You don’t have to disparage somebody at the same time.”
Todd went on to talk about how he and Tapper are good friends, and said Tapper is probably more upset about Cuomo’s rant than anyone else.
Per Daily Caller, Todd’s viewership is better than Cuomo’s (keep in mind, though, they they aren’t competing during the same time slot):
Todd’s NBC Sunday program draws 3.7 million people on average, outranking Cuomo’s CNN show, which averages more than 800,000 viewers per weeknight at the primetime 9 p.m. slot, less than Rachel Maddow (MSNBC) and Sean Hannity’s (FOX) programs. CNN ranks third in viewership of the three cable news networks.
As of this writing, neither Cuomo, nor Todd, nor Tapper, nor Cooper have said anything about this Cuomo-instigated feud on social media. But even if they did decide to tweet about it, chances are the story will get drowned out anyway by the announcement of Pulitzer Prize winners later today.
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