Chris Cuomo Confronts Guy Who Called Him Fredo

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During a heated exchange, Cuomo establishes that someone called him "Fredo", a reference to one of the characters from the 1972 film "The Godfather" that Cuomo says is considered by many Italian people to be an insult aimed at their cultural heritage. Threatening violence over this was a huge overreaction, a childish effort to intimidate a nobody, and the N-word equivalency was an even worse overreaction.

"An excuse just as fake as his news", he said.

CNN provided the following statement to Mediaite: "Chris Cuomo defended himself when he was verbally attacked with the use of an ethnic slur in an orchestrated setup".

"Are you Italian?" Cuomo asks one of the men. "Fredo is a term from The Godfather, referring to the dumb brother".

"Don't f-ing insult me like that", the Queens native fumes.

Cuomo got some support, including from Fox News rival Sean Hannity, who tweeted Cuomo deserved an apology, and former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, who said such comments happen "all the time" and they are "quite racist".

"B****** from the right call me Fredo".

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In footage of the incident, which appears to have been secretly recorded by the heckler, Cuomo is seen telling the man it's derogatory to call Italians "Fredo", conflating the "fucking insult" to saying the "n-word". "I'll f***in' throw you down these stairs".

"You know my name is not fucking Fredo", he continued, adding, "own what you said".

"What are you gonna do about it?" the man asked Cuomo.

"Guys, I'm Italian. "Fredo" is not an ethnic slur", wrote Emily Zanotti, an editor at the conservative outlet the Daily Wire. Cuomo says, inviting the man to take a swing at him. "Because if it's the N word for Italians like @ChrisCuomo says, I don't understand why Chris seems so at ease with someone saying it here". "He's out with his 9 year old daughter, and his wife, and this guy is being a jackass in front of his family".

It's officially Not Safe for Work, but here's Chris Cuomo throwing down with a man he calls a "punk-a** b****".

"If you want to play, then we'll fucking play", Cuomo shot back, hurling a series of insults at the man and referring to him as a "punk bitch".

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