CNN host Chris Cuomo can be heard laughing as he refers to himself as Fredo in a 2010 radio interview about his family.
The newly unearthed clip emerged after he was filmed threatening to beat a heckler who used the term, telling an unidentified man that the name is ‘like the N-word for Italians’.
But in a chat with Curtis Sliwa on his AM 970 radio show in January 2010 Cuomo joked that he was Fredo in response to a Sliwa calling his family ‘la Cuomo Nostra’.
Sliwa says: ‘There is a group of people — politicos — who always hint they might run, but not necessarily plunge all the way, and they are members of la Cuomo.’
Cuomo replies, laughing: ‘Who am I, then, Fredo?’
Radio host Sliwa responds: ‘Yes, exactly. So you better be careful that your brother Andrew doesn’t kiss you on both cheeks and then all of a sudden they take you out on the middle of the lake and where’s Chris?’
‘He kisses me plenty because he’s a great big brother,’ Cuomo adds.
Cuomo, pictured in 2010, can be heard laughing as he refers to himself as Fredo in a radio interview from that year about his family despite threatening to beat a heckler who called him the same term last weekend
Chris Cuomo (in the hat on the left) is filmed on amateur video berating a man who referred to him as ‘Fredo’ in a bar on New York’s Shelter Island on Sunday
In the new viral clip the unidentified man claims that he genuinely thought Cuomo’s first name was Fredo. That’s the nickname conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh uses for the CNN host.
Fredo Corleone was the dimwitted and disloyal older brother of Michael Corleone, the central character in ‘The Godfather.’
It is thought the incident took place at a bar in Shelter Island, New York on Sunday.
In Mario Puzo’s ‘The Godfather,’ Fredo is the dumber son whose father, Vito Corleone, passed down control of his organized crime family to younger brother Michael Corleone.
Fredo was played in the award-winning film trilogy adaptation by late actor John Cazale.
Chris Cuomo, 49, is the younger brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, 61.
The Cuomo brothers are two of five children whose father was the late Mario Cuomo, who served as governor of New York from 1983 until 1994.
The Cuomo brothers are two of five children whose father was the late Mario Cuomo, former governor of New York. Andrew Cuomo and his dad are seen in November 2006 after Andrew was elected state attorney general
Fredo is a reference to Fredo Corleone, the fictional character from Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. He was played by the late actor John Cazale (seen far right). Fellow cast members include, from left to right: James Caan, Marlon Brando, and Al Pacino
As CNN reeled from the public relations damage caused by one of its stars boasting to a viewer that he would ‘f***ing throw you down these stairs like a f***ing punk,’ the president weighed in.
Donald Trump piled on Cuomo on Tuesday tweeting: ‘Would Chris Cuomo be given a Red Flag for his recent rant?’ referring to his advocacy for a ‘red flag’ warning system meant to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill.
‘Filthy language and a total loss of control. He shouldn’t be allowed to have any weapon. He’s nuts!’ Trump added.
In a statement, the network said that Cuomo ‘defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup. We completely support him.’
Cuomo tweeted that he should have been calmer in his self-defense.
‘I should be better than the guys baiting me,’ he wrote. ‘This happens all the time these days. Often in front of my family. But there is a lesson: no need to add to the ugliness; I should be better than what I oppose.’
As the argument grew more heated, a number of people got in between Cuomo and the hecklers
Cuomo was enraged by being called ‘Fredo’ which he says is an ethnic slur against Italians
The video, filmed on a cell phone camera, first surfaced on a YouTube program called ‘THAT’S THE POINT with Brandon,’ hosted by Charles Brandon Recor.
YouTube deleted the video of CNN host Chris Cuomo’s F-bomb rant for violating its ‘bullying and harassment’ policy before being forced to reinstate the clip, admitting ‘sometimes we make the wrong call’.
It shows an angry Cuomo berating a man for referring to him as ‘Fredo.’
‘Punk-a** b****es from the right call me Fredo,’ Cuomo says in the video.
‘My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN. Fredo is from The Godfather. He was a weak brother. And they use it as an Italian aspersion. Any of you Italian? It’s a f***ing insult to your people. It’s an insult to your f***ing people. It’s like the N-word for us. Is that a cool f***ing thing?’
Another man who was with the Trump supporter Cuomo confronted remarks: ‘You’re a much more reasonable guy in person than you seem to be on television.’
Cuomo responds: ‘If you want to play, we’ll f***ing play. If you’ve got something to say about what I do on television, then say it.’
The man in the glasses says: ‘We don’t want any problems.’
Cuomo replies: ‘You’re gonna have a f***ing problem. ‘He’s a little different on TV’ – don’t f***ing insult me like that!’
The man in the glasses says: ‘I didn’t insult you.’
Cuomo replies: ‘You called me ‘Fredo.’ It’s like if I call you a punk b**ch. You like that?’
The man insists that he believed Cuomo’s name was Fredo.
‘You know my name’s not f***ing Fredo,’ Cuomo tells the man.
‘I thought it was,’ he replies.
Cuomo later threatens to ‘f***ing ruin your s**t.’
‘I’ll f***ing throw you down these stairs like a f***ing punk,’ Cuomo says.
A spokesperson for CNN said the network supports Cuomo (seen above in New York in December). ‘Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup,’ the network said
Donald Trump piled on Chris Cuomo on Tuesday after the CNN anchor uncorked a series of F-bombs at a man who called him ‘Fredo’ in public – and threatened to beat him up
YouTube deleted the video of CNN host Chris Cuomo’s F-bomb rant for violating its ‘bullying and harassment’ policy before being forced to reinstate the clip
The man then threatens legal action against Cuomo, who invites him to ‘take a swing.’
Onlookers arrive and try to calm the situation. One person not seen in the video appears to place his hands on Cuomo in an attempt to de-escalate the matter.
‘Watch your f***ing hands,’ Cuomo says.
At least one person comes in between Cuomo and the man with the glasses.
Cuomo says to the man: ‘I’ll f***ing wreck your s**t.’
The man continues to insist that he thought ‘Fredo’ was Cuomo’s real name.
Cuomo does not accept the explanation, saying: ‘You didn’t know what you were saying, right?’