Megyn Kelly was having none of Chris Cuomo’s claims that he has been “humbled” by his ouster from CNN.
“Chris Cuomo goes on his show on NewsNation and says that he’s been humbled. Bulls–t!” Kelly told her guests — standup comedian Adam Carolla and high-powered attorney Mark Geragos.
“I don’t believe that for one second. He has not been humbled at all.”
Her comments were cited by the news outlet Mediaite.
Kelly thinks Cuomo has an ax to grind against his former network, which dumped him after learning that he helped his brother, then-New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, craft communications strategy against sexual harassment allegations.
After his dismissal, Chris Cuomo sued CNN, demanding that the remainder of his contract be paid. The litigation is in progress.
“He’s angry at CNN and how they treated him, and he’s now found another place to work and that’s okay,” Kelly said. “Everybody needs to pay the bills.”
Kelly accused Chris Cuomo of failing to inform his viewers on NewsNation of the circumstances of his firing from CNN.
She said of Chris Cuomo: “He’s already lying [about the reasons behind his firing by CNN].”
“No acknowledgment of really what he actually did was smearing the women who are accusing his brother,” Kelly said.
“Actively working to dig up, you know, opposition packets on them. Then lying about it to his audience, trying to claim that he was some big Me-Tooer advocate.”
“You know, like, ‘I care deeply about these issues.’ You care deeply about smearing the women who raised them,” she continued.
Kelly also cast doubt on Cuomo’s pledge to be neutral and less partisan in his commentary now that he is no longer at CNN.
“He goes out there and tries to say like, he’s gonna be the referee,” Kelly said.
“Like he is now going to be the moderate voice of reason because we’ve gotten too crazy partisan. He vows to appeal to the middle.”
“No one’s gonna listen to him,” she said.
“What right-leaning person is gonna say, ‘I accept Chris Cuomo as my voice of the middle, who’s not going to manipulate me by manufactured division’?”
“Bulls–t,” Kelly said. “A certain male gesture comes to mind.”
The Post has sought comment from Chris Cuomo’s representatives.
An investigation last year by the office of New York state Attorney General Letitia James found that Chris Cuomo called on his sources in media to seek information about women who alleged that they were harassed by his brother, the then-governor.
Just days after a former Obama administration official, Anna Ruch, accused Andrew Cuomo of trying to kiss her without her consent at a wedding, Chris Cuomo texted a top aide to his brother, Melissa DeRosa.
“I have a lead on the wedding girl,” read the text message obtained by James’ office.
“I would — when asked, I would reach out to sources, other journalists, to see if they had heard of anybody else coming out,” Chris Cuomo told investigators.
Chris Cuomo also texted DeRosa the language of a statement that his brother was to read.
“I will not resign, I cannot resign,” the text read.
Andrew Cuomo eventually resigned the governorship last year after several women alleged harassment and misconduct.
Cuomo’s return to primetime cable news was a ratings flop that landed him in last place against the competition.
The former CNN star’s premiere of his new show “Cuomo” on NewsNation pulled in just 147,000 total viewers Monday night, according to figures released by Nielsen Media Research.
Cuomo — who as reported by The Post is being paid just $1 million a year by the fledgling network, a fraction of his compensation at CNN — fared poorly in the 25-to-54-year-old age demographic most coveted by advertisers, drawing just 8,000 viewers.
“We are manipulated by manufactured division that only works to advance the interests of the fringe and the fake. It is only online and how that can be echoed on TV that distorts the reality,” Cuomo said Monday night.
“The majority is not about left or right, you’re about reasonable. That’s why I’m going to rely not on reading tweets to measure your feedback, I want to go old school here,” he said while reading a phone number that viewers could call to interact with the anchor.