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Chris Cuomo calls Sylvester Stallone a ‘cartoonish fool’

Chris Cuomo, the former CNN anchor, recently made a controversial statement about Sylvester Stallone, describing the movie star as a “cartoonish fool” on “The Adam Friedland Show” podcast. Cuomo admitted that he isn’t a fan of Stallone’s movie characters, such as Rocky, Creed, and Rambo. When asked if his former co-worker Wolf Blitzer had ever exposed himself under the desk, Cuomo replied negatively, saying that he called him “the captain” and praised him as an exemplary figure. Friedland joked that Blitzer is like a Stallone character, but instead of being a cartoonish fool, he is an earnest good guy.

Cuomo’s statement is not surprising, as he has made provocative comments before. He admitted that he was going to kill everybody after being fired by CNN in 2021. He also recently made a TV comeback after a controversy involving his brother, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo. However, his latest podcast choice could be controversial as well, as host Adam Friedland recently came under fire for his interview with Matty Healy, where he made racist comments about Ice Spice. Spotify removed the episode from its platform, and Friedland offered a parody apology video.

Chris Cuomo isn’t a fan of Sylvester Stallone.

The former CNN anchor described the movie star — known for his roles in films like “Rocky,” “Creed” and “Rambo” — as a “cartoonish fool.”

“I don’t love his characters,” he said on “The Adam Friedland Show” Wednesday.

Podcast host Adam Friedland then shifted gears and asked Cuomo, 52, whether his former co-worker Wolf Blitzer ever had his “penis out under the desk.”

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Chris Cuomo called Sylvester Stallone a “cartoonish fool” on a new podcast episode.
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The NewsNation anchor responded “no” and added, “I called him ‘the captain’ when I was there. He was the exemplar of everything we wanted to be. The guy works his a– off and he’s a good man.”

Friedland jokingly chimed back in, “He’s like a Stallone character,” to which Cuomo replied, “[But] instead of being a cartoonish fool, Blitzer is just an earnest good guy.”

“You’re anti-Stallone?” the podcaster, 36, asked.

Sylvester Stallone
Stallone is known for roles like “Rocky” and “Rambo.”
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Cuomo conceded that he simply wasn’t a fan of the characters the actor, 76, has portrayed on the big screen. TheFantasyTimes has reached out to Stallone for comment.


The journalist, who recently made a TV comeback after a controversy involving his brother, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has made provocative comments before.

He previously claimed he “was going to kill everybody” after he was axed by CNN in 2021.

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“I don’t love his characters,” the former CNN anchor said of Stallone.
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“I had to accept [my firing] because I was going to kill everybody, including myself. Things can consume you,” Chris told former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci on his podcast, “Open Book with Anthony Scaramucci,” last year.

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The TV personality was canned from CNN for advising Andrew, 65, amid the latter’s sexual misconduct scandal.

Chris also admitted during his interview with Scaramucci, 59, that he “makes a lot of mistakes” and started going to therapy after being “s–t-canned” by his former bosses.

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Cuomo was axed by CNN in 2021 for allegedly helping his brother through a sexual misconduct scandal.
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However, his latest podcast choice could be considered a controversial one to begin with since host Friedman recently came under fire for his interview with Matty Healy this year.

During a February episode of “The Adam Friedland Show,” The 1975 frontman revealed he once messaged Ice Spice on Instagram.

Friedland and co-host Nick Mullen then referred to the “Boy’s a Liar” rapper as an “Inuit Spice Girl” and a “chubby Chinese lady,” while mocking Chinese and Hawaiian accents as Healy, 34, laughed along.

Adam Friedland
Adam Friedland previously came under fire for his interview with Matty Healy.
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The podcast episode was deemed so offensive that Spotify removed it from its platform, prompting Healy to offer a half-hearted apology to Ice Spice over the racist remarks made at her expense.

“I just feel a bit bad, and I’m kind of a bit sorry if I’ve offended you. Ice Spice, I’m sorry,” the rocker said during a concert in April.

Friedland, for his part, offered a parody apology video, in which he appeared to mock those offended by his comments.

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