Breaking: CNN anchor @ChrisCuomo has been diagnosed with Covid-19. The network just informed staffers in New York. Chris is feeling well, and will continue anchoring from home. https://t.co/53yTgDJaS7— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 31, 2020
A profanity-laced viral video showing CNN anchor Chris Cuomo erupting in anger after being called "Fredo" by a heckler has gained national attention and prompted widespread debate about the term, which he described as a slur toward Italian-Americans.
In the video, Cuomo stated that he's been taunted as "Fredo" before, likening it to other slurs hurled at other racial and ethnic groups. As the altercation gained national attention, President Donald Trump repeated the term as an insult directed at Cuomo.
CNN spokesman Matt Dornic came out in defense of Cuomo in what he called an "orchestrated setup," using the term "ethnic slur" to describe "Fredo," which traces its origins to a character in "The Godfather" trilogy.
"Punk (expletive) from the right call me 'Fredo.' My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN," Cuomo said in the viral video.
Video (via CBS New York):