More On: Chris Cuomo
Chris Cuomo is returning to cable news, but he will be working for a much smaller network.
The man who calls himself a "free agent" has a new job as an anchor at NewsNation, which used to be called WGN America. This is less than a year after CNN fired him.
In an interview that aired Tuesday night with Dan Abrams of NewsNation, who used to work at ABC News, Cuomo said that he would be joining the network.
In his first interview since being fired from CNN, Cuomo said, "I'm going to NewsNation, and I want to build something special here."
The former primetime anchor was fired from CNN for using his media contacts to help his brother, then-Governor Andrew Cuomo, with his sexual harassment scandal. He said he chose NewsNation over a major TV news network because it was more in line with his own morals.
“I had decided that I can’t go back to what people see as ‘the big game,'” Cuomo said. “I don’t think I can make a difference there. I think we need insurgent media. I think we need outlets that aren’t fringe and just trying to fill their pockets.”
But after his fall from grace, there have been no reports of Cuomo getting job offers from the big networks. CNN said that the former host of "Cuomo Prime Time" had broken its standards for journalism, which led to his firing in December of last year.
In his interview with Abrams, Cuomo denied that he had done anything wrong.
“I never lied and there were no secrets,” he said.
Hiring the once-famous Cuomo brother could be a smart way to get more people to watch NewsNation.
NewsNation doesn't have as many fans as Cuomo's previous job. Most of the time, the network's prime-time shows average one whole number less than CNN's.
For example, Cuomo made his announcement on the show Dan Abrams Live, which had 54,000 viewers on Monday. CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, on the other hand, had 618,000 viewers.
Cuomo's announcement about his career comes at a time when he is in court with CNN. He has sued his former employer for a huge amount of money because he was fired.
The first episode of Cuomo's prime-time talk show is set to air in the fall.
In the meantime, Cuomo has kept himself busy by starting his own podcast called "The Chris Cuomo Project," posting updates from war-torn Ukraine on Instagram, and even applying to be a volunteer firefighter in the Hamptons, though he later withdrew his application because of the time commitment.