No one is off-limits for Cuomo Primetime, the “temporary” 9pm show slated to run for about 4 weeks, hosted by Chris Cuomo, he said in an interview today with The Hollywood Reporter.
Senior Trump advisor Stephen Miller appeared on State of the Union with Jake Tapper this past Sunday, and when things got heated and Miller repeatedly avoided answering Tapper’s questions, he ended the segment, noting “I think I’ve wasted enough of my viewers’ time,” before going to commercial break. During that break, security reportedly had to remove Miller from CNN’s set.
But in Cuomo’s interview with THR, he said he wouldn’t mind having Miller on his show, despite that incident this past weekend.
“Whoever is relevant, I want on the show. In the moment, people who matter, that’s when you want them. … If I were doing it tonight, I would tell Stephen Miller, ‘You know, you want to come on, get after it, let’s get after it.’ Anybody around the president who’s close and can speak to his state of mind about what’s going on is fine. Yeah, I don’t have any problem with that.”
Cuomo added, “I mean, obviously some of these considerations are going to be up to the bosses, about their own standards of what kind of decorum and behavior is expected of a guest on television. But if it were up to me, I’m fine.”
Yes, CNN bosses may not want to have to have him removed again.
“Jake has every right to set standards of what he wants out of his guests on his own show. He knows what he’s doing. He’s a very smart guy. He’s done this a long time,” Cuomo concluded.
In the interview, he also said he will avoid the panel format that CNN has come to adopt for most of its programming. “There’s a lot of pandering, there’s a lot of punditry. A lot of panels. And I’d like to avoid all of those…”