Tuesday night, just hours after Chris Cuomo announced his coronavirus diagnosis, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson vowed not to attack the CNN anchor and offered praise instead. Later, Sean Hannity sent his own well wishes.
“No show on television, I think it’s fair to say, has mocked CNN anchor Chris Cuomo more often or more gleefully than this one has,” Carlson told the primetime audience for “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“But tonight,” he continued, “we’re going to take a break from that. This morning, Cuomo announced that like so many thousands of other people in New York, he’s been infected by the coronavirus. Cuomo said he’s had a fever and shortness of breath but his main worry was infected his wife and children. Those are the right priorities. Cuomo said he’ll continue to do his show for as long as he can isolation from his basement and we respect that, too. So, godspeed to the Cuomo family. We are rooting for you.”
During CNN’s own primetime programming Tuesday night, anchor Don Lemon wiped away tears as he talked about what “good friends” he and Cuomo are and what an adjustment it’s been now that “he’s just not here.”
Carlson isn’t the first Fox News primetime host to be in Cuomo’s corner when the CNN journalist has made headlines, either. Last August, when a video hit the internet that showed Cuomo berating someone for calling him “Fredo,” Hannity leapt to his defense.
“I say good for @ChrisCuomo,” Hannity tweeted. “He’s out with his 9 year old daughter, and his wife, and this guy is being a jackass in front of his family. Imho Chris Cuomo has zero to apologize for. He deserves the apology.”
On Tuesday’s “Hannity,” the host again went to bat for Cuomo and joined Carlson in delivering well wishes: “Chris Cuomo was our colleague for a long time. Chris is a great guy, like, a wonderful person.”
Hannity went on to say that his political differences with the CNN journalist’s brother, New York governor Andrew Cuomo, had nothing to do with how he felt about the competing network’s anchor.
“On a personal level, we’re praying for Chris. We’re praying for his family and everyone else that gets this,” he concluded.
Tucker Carlson says he's going to "take a break" from "lethally" mocking Chris Cuomo in order to wish him "godspeed" as the CNN anchor recovers from his coronavirus infection.
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— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) April 1, 2020