Andrew Cuomo threatens to end the CNN interview after brother Chris reveals an unflattering family photo
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo seriously embarrassed his brother to New York Governor Andrew on the air by taking an unflattering family photo from the politician’s teenage years.
The brothers went out for another round of playful jokes on Wednesday night during Cuomo Prime Time, which Chris has hosted from his basement while battling COVID-19 last week.
They covered a series of serious topics around the coronavirus crisis before Chris ended things on a lighter note through Andrew’s new campaign, “Who Will You Stay Home For?” Bring up, which encourages people to focus on how their social distance affects the health of others.
Chris stated that he stayed home for his mother – knowing that Andrew had publicly stated the same thing when he announced the campaign.
“Yeah, well, I had my photo this morning while you were still asleep and I showed it at my press conference,” said Andrew.
“And people have to understand, you wouldn’t want to be reckless with your own life, don’t endanger others. That’s what the “Stay at home for” campaign is all about. Do not endanger health workers, do not endanger vulnerable people.
“She was my mother, by the way.”
The pair went back and forth for a while before Chris changed his answer as he flashed a child photo on the screen.
Chris and Andrew Cuomo played a round of playful banter during Cuomo Prime Time on Wednesday evening. Chris (left) hosted the show from his basement, where he spent the past week isolating while fighting COVID-19, while Andrew (right) joined from his governor’s Albany office
Chris thoroughly embarrassed his older brother in the air by picking up the family photo above
“I’m going to stay home for these two guys in the front,” said Chris, referring to the picture, which featured a teenager Andrew wearing a loud pattern shirt, white shorts, and a dated, off-the-wall haircut next to a much younger and cuter Chris.
The governor pretended not to see the embarrassing click when he defiantly turned off his microphone and said, “Hi, Chris.”
“No, no, no, don’t do it. Put the microphone back on. Don’t be like that, “Chris begged.
“Take the picture down,” said Andrew.
Chris refused, but worked to get his brother’s good side back by giving a heartfelt explanation for his choice.
“This is why I do it for these guys. Because this is the man who helped me shape who I am now.
“Look how I looked at him so lovingly then. I know it looks like I’m staring at his diamond-encrusted belt buckle, but it isn’t. I actually stare at the young man who made me as proud as his brother back then in my “Billy the Kids” and now. ‘
The photo shows a teenage Andrew (front left) wearing a loud patterned shirt, white shorts and a dated afro hairstyle – next to a much younger and nicer Chris (front right)
Chris clearly enjoyed embarrassing his brother with the unflattering photo, while Andrew pretended to opt out of the interview
He went back to mocking the governor and said, “Huck-a-poo was your signature look. You left it. Why?’
“There are no words. There are no words, ”Andrew said, shaking his head. ‘I’m not that.’
Chris replied, “Governor, it is good to remind people that they are just going to love you since I have my whole life. It is your commitment to other people.
‘I love you very much. Thanks for coming on the show. Thank you for my courage and thank you for what you do for the state.
“Oh, I’d like to say it was a pleasure, but it wasn’t,” Andrew hit back before wishing his brother good luck with the rest of the show and opting out.
Earlier in the interview, Andrew had his own pleasure mocking one of Chris’s serious questions about the governor’s relationship with President Donald Trump.
“I just kind of called you the ‘love governor’ recently,” Chris said, “and I wonder if that makes you kind of soft to the president, you don’t really want to criticize him because you need him and now is it’s not time to fight. Love gov? ‘
Andrew replied, “I’ve always been a gentle boy. I am the love governor. I’m a cool guy and a loose mood, you know that.
“I’m just saying, let it go, just go with the flow, honey.”
“You’ve never said anything like this,” said Chris. “That’s the first time you’ve said something like that.”
‘Really?’ asked the governor.
“I never said that. I’ve known you all my life, “said Chris.
“Well, that’s your opinion. Yes. You should listen better. Listening works, ”Andrew said before answering the Trump question more seriously.
At a more serious point in the interview, Andrew shared his mix of emotions about the current state of the coronavirus crisis in New York
“I work with the President, it is very important that the federal and state government work together during this time,” he said.
“I have to do my best for the people in this state. You can’t say – look, I was the governor in this country who was the most critical of the president so far. And besides, there is no governor he is more critical of than I am.
“So no one will say that I treated the President too softly. We work together to help the state. That’s what’s important now, no politics, no personality, no ego, no ego.
“It’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s about getting through this, and that’s my particular focus.
“There will be a day and a time for everything. But this is not the time and place. ‘
Andrew also shared his mix of emotions about the current state of the New York City coronavirus crisis as the curve of new infections has leveled off as the death toll continues to rise.
Earlier in the day, he ordered all flags in the state to fly at half mast in honor of those who died of COVID-19 after New York recorded the deadliest 24 hours with 779 deaths.
The total death toll across the state is now 6,268 – more than double the number of people who died on September 11 – with 148,316 infections.