‘His father would smack him’
Gianni Russo, who starred in The Godfather, said Chris Cuomo made a fool out out of himself during his viral rant, in which the CNN anchor likened the name “Fredo” to the N-word.
Russo, who played a treacherous son-in-law in the 1972 classic, told TMZ that Cuomo’s father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, would “smack him” over the tirade. Cuomo’s brother, Andrew Cuomo, is the current governor of New York.
The actor said calling the name “Fredo” an ethnic slur was “nonsense” and that it is simply a reference to a weak character. He also asserted that Cuomo likely hurt his career with the outburst, and criticized news anchors in general for becoming too opinionated in recent years. “They’re supposed to report news,” Russo said. “It’s not about what you think.” more