NewsNation is knocking down a report that disgraced CNN host Chris Cuomo is taking a $700,000 yearly salary at his new gig with the fledgling media outfit and that he’ll be working from his home in the Hamptons.
The Daily Beast reported that the once-high-flying newsman – who boasted a ’10 suit rotation’ while pulling down $6 million a year hosting the top-rated CNN show Cuomo Prime Time – will take a massive pay cut and produce his new show out of a home studio in his $2.9 million cottage on Long Island.
The publication also said that the New York political scion will no longer have a travel or clothing allowance.
A spokeswoman for NewsNation told DailyMail.com that Cuomo will broadcast his new program from the cable news outlet’s studio in Manhattan and shot down the salary report, but declined to comment on the allowances.
‘In addition to “Dan Abrams Live,” Chris Cuomo will have a studio at PIX along with other New York based NewsNation shows,’ the spokeswoman said.
The show will broadcast at 8 p.m. starting on October 3, according to the Daily Beast.
The spokeswoman declined to comment on the reported date for the launch and the time slot.
Bookcases and black and white prints line the walls in Chris Cuomo’s Manhattan apartment which serves double-duty as his home studio
Chris Cuomo makes an embarrassing admission that he’s working from home because he has no other option
Rumors abound about Cuomo’s comeback. He has been forced to hustle as a ‘free agent’ cobbling together money from his podcast, The Chris Cuomo Project and his new job with NewsNation.
In a recent Instagram post, Cuomo gave a tour of his home set-up, panning across a sound board and computer monitor and strolling through the modern-looking apartment set-up.
‘We have everything we need here that I had in the studio – it’s just in my home, because I dig the setting,’ he says in the video. In the background, tripods, cables and sound-muffling black curtains surround his coffee table and occasional chair.
‘This is the living room, which we’ve turned into a sit-down, you know, more casual,’ he says. ‘This is where it’s going to happen except when my wife is here or anybody wants to live here. We’ll just move the stands.’
Chris Cuomo hangs out at home in his self-styled studio where he’s producing his podcast
In an Instagram video, Chris Cuomo sugar-coats his home set up during a tour where tripods and camera cables litter his living room
Cuomo was still able to pull top-level political guests on his podcast, which is ranked fourth on Apple iTunes
On the studio tour, Cuomo, dressed in a black T-shirt with the word ‘purist’ in all capital letters printed on the back, moves into the dining area, which is flooded by studio lights, and then to the kitchen.
‘Now we have a kitchen, because with a lot of the guests, I’m hanging out and shooting the shit before and after the interview,’ he says.
This is it. This is us in New York City. This is now home of the free agent and I’m loving it, because the show doesn’t get cozier than when you do it at home,’ he says, leaning on the sink, which appears to have dirty glasses in it.
Cuomo’s podcast currently ranks fourth among Apple podcasts, according to the website Chartable.
NewsNation has become a sanctuary for disgraced broadcasters. Fallen Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is said to be in talk with the fledgling outfit
He recently interviewed West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, but don’t expect to see a reprise of his chatty interviews with his brother, disgraced ex-governor Andrew Cuomo.
‘Absolutely not,’ a source told Page Six.
It’s a ray of good news after a year of scandal for the New York political scion.
Cuomo suffered a precipitous fall, going into self-produced podcasts after garnering 1.137 million viewers at his height at CNN. A source told the New York Post that the son of late New York Governor Mario Cuomo is seen as ‘damaged goods.’
‘I don’t think he has a lot of leverage,’ the insider told the paper.
NewsNation’s viewership hovers around 50,000 – with only 8,000 coming from the coveted 25-54 age group, according to Indiwire. The new news source claims to skew neither left nor right.
Chris Cuomo will have to do without the travel and clothing allowance that he used to have at CNN
Cuomo got booted from CNN over ethics issues after it came to light that he had coached his older brother, Andrew Cuomo, who was also New York’s governor, but resigned from office after a dozen women came forward with harassment claims against him.
Chris Cuomo was accused of using his media contacts to find out who the next accuser was and how to discredit them.
He was also accused of sexually harassing former ABC colleague Shelley Ross while they worked at that network together.
Ross roasted NewsNation for bringing back Cuomo.
‘Cuomo IS the status quo, same old same old arrogant, misogynistic proud member of the old boy’s club,’ she said on Facebook. ‘No one cares what NewsNation’s ratings are. I am rooting for something new, fresh and honest. Just maybe some of us don’t see Cuomo as that answer… those who have been disappointed in his lack of genuine contrition. As he continues to parse his words, hide behind the love of a brother, deny wrongdoing, he remains tone-deaf and phony to many of us. I’m all for second chances. But I won’t believe he is a disrupter until he disrupts something and finds a greater cause than himself.”
Cuomo has claimed that former CNN President Jeff Zucker (left) knew about his close relationship with his brother Andrew Cuomo. Zucker resigned last month after it came out that he had an undisclosed romantic relationship with a female network executive
The sightings came after Zucker stepped down as president of CNN for failing to disclose his relationship with Gollust when he was being interviewed as part of the investigation into Chris Cuomo. Gollust later resigned as well, with both of them netting payouts from the network
CNN fired him from his lucrative gig, where his ratings had fallen dramatically after his brother’s precipitous fall from grace.
Chris Cuomo had hoped for an $18 million golden parachute when he was jettisoned from his lofty broadcast perch, but instead was shown the door with half of that.
Former CNN head Jeff Zucker and the network’s marketing executive, Allison Gollust, whose extra-marital affair was revealed during the probe into Chris Cuomo’s behavior, both lost their jobs in the fallout.
Fallen Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is said to be in talks to be a contributor at NewsNation
Former executive producer for Good Morning America, who was fired amid sexual assault claims, is the president of NewsNation
The newsman sued the network, claiming that ‘Cuomo has had his journalistic integrity unjustifiably smeared, making it difficult if not impossible for Cuomo to find similar work in the future and damaging him in amounts exceeding $125 million, which includes not only the remaining salary owed under the Agreement, but future wages lost as a result of CNN’s efforts to destroy his reputation in violation of the Agreement.’
His new lower-paying position at NewsNation seems to bolster that claim.
The broadcast startup appears to have become a sanctuary for disgraced journalists.
Bill O’Reilly, once the most powerful host on FoxNews before his own sexual harassment scandal ended in his termination, is also in talks with the news company to join as a contributor, according to the Daily Beast.
He has appeared as a guest of NewsNation host Dan Abrams several times.
Michael Corn, who left his job as the executive producer for Good Morning America amid allegations of sexually assaulting female subordinates, has found a home at NewsNation as the president of the company.
Corn denied the accusations and in June, a New York state Supreme Court judge dismissed a lawsuit by one of his accusers that claimed he forcibly touched and kissed her while they were traveling in Los Angeles for coverage of the 2015 Academy Awards.