Former CNN host Chris Cuomo opens up about his mental health after returning to the spotlight. Cuomo was fired from his post at the cable news network after it was discovered he was using his sources and access to help his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, amid sexual harassment allegations.
“This isn’t how I want my time at CNN to end, but I’ve already told you why and how I helped my brother,” Cuomo said in a statement after his release. “Now let me say, as disappointing as this is, I couldn’t be prouder of the Cuomo Prime Time team and the work we’ve done as CNN’s #1 show in the most competitive timeslot.”
Cuomo has hosted his own podcast, The Chris Cuomo Project, and has spoken candidly about the recent scandal and why he chose to defend his sibling. Now, Cuomo is speaking out about his mental health and isn’t holding back.
Chris Cuomo said his news career has been traumatic
Chris Cuomo has used his podcast, The Chris Cuomo Project, to share unfiltered stories from his life. In addition to speaking out about his firing from CNN, Cuomo has also been lively about his time as a news reporter. In a bonus clip from his podcast, Cuomo recounted a time during his tenure at ABC News that found him in the middle of a battlefield. “My photographer, producer and I, Bartley Price, great guy, we get hit by an IED,” Cuomo recalled. Adding: “And it was like a big bomb ok? I don’t remember how they valued the pound, but it was big… And then they shoot at us. I figured for sure that Bartley and I were dead.”
Cuomo explained that he didn’t realize he was traumatized by the event until he returned home and started having nightmares. The television journalist adds that his wife Cristina Cuomo encouraged him to seek professional help. Adds Cuomo, “I know I wouldn’t have gotten through the recent events like this… without the presence of my therapist.”
This isn’t the first time Cuomo has spoken out about the traumatic ordeal. In 2007, he described the incident in more detail, explaining that their group was under “continuous fire” after the explosion. He also acknowledged that the incident could have been far worse were it not for the bravery of the soldiers accompanying his news team.