CNN’s Chris Cuomo exploded on a heckler who called him “Fredo” at a bar in Shelter Island, New York, on Aug. 11.
The wild moment caught was secretly filmed by the man who Cuomo was shouting at:
Punk-ass bitches from the right call me Fredo. My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN. Fredo is from The Godfather...
They use it as an Italian aspersion. Any of you Italian? It’s an insult to your f*cking people. It’s like the N-word for us…
I’ll f*cking ruin your shit. I’ll fu*cking throw you down these stairs like a f*cking punk.
A CNN spokesperson defended Cuomo to Mediaite:
Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup. We completely support him.