Andrew Cuomo Ribs Brother Chris On-Air: 'You've Always Been the Meatball of the Family'

The New York governor and CNN anchor get into it over their mom’s special sauce

New York governor Andrew Cuomo and CNN primetime anchor Chris Cuomo continued their brotherly banter on air Monday night, ribbing each other over their mother’s favoritism and more.

The silly “Cuomo Prime Time” segment, which has become a staple in the interviews about the older Cuomo’s management of New York’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, started off with the governor asking, “Where are you?”

“I’m in the process of making a point, is where I am,” answered the anchor.

“I don’t recognize where you are. Where are you physically? Oh, you’re in your basement! You’re in your basement. I see,” laughed the governor.

The younger Cuomo defended his choice to work from the basement, given the current requirements in New York that people stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. From there, he told a long story about some of what he’s done while homebound, including making a special sauce for his family from a recipe that the brothers’ mother passed on to him.

“She taught me how to make the sauce. She didn’t teach anybody else,” gloated the younger brother.

“You’ve always been good at manipulation,” mused Governor Cuomo. “You’ve always been the meatball of the family. Some of us have to work, right? I don’t have the luxury of working for one hour a day.”

The journalist defended his job, saying it is full-time, but admitted the governor has been putting in a lot of hours during the pandemic and is gaining a reputation for comforting people.

To that end, the back-and-forth schtick might have been cloying or contrived from anyone else or during a different portion of American history, but viewers seemed as into it Monday night as ever.

I am so goddamn delighted every time the Cuomo brothers do an interview together – perhaps the only time I’m delighted!” enthused one Twitter user. 

Chris Cuomo and Andrew Cuomo are now my favorite publicly feuding brothers. Sorry Oasis guys,” said another.

Watch the brotherly exchange above.

20 Movies With Extremely Happy Endings to Make You Forget All About Coronavirus (Photos)

  • Hey, uh, are you all OK? Because we know it’s not a relaxing time, what with the ever-worsening coronavirus pandemic and everything being locked down. But if we’re gonna make it through… however long of isolating at home with our sanity intact, we need to stay positive. And we have just the thing for that! Just watch one of these movies with extremely happy endings, every single one guaranteed to leave you feeling so upbeat and genuinely awesome that you’ll forget all about covid-19. Coronavirus, schmoronavirus, we say!

  • “Babe” (1995): Ugly cry-smiling when James Cromwell says “that’ll do, pig” doesn’t boost antibodies, but if does make you feel damn good.

  • “Back to the Future” (1985): Marty fixes his life and his parents’ lives with time travel. Then we get a SUPER DOPE sequel hook. And then comes Huey Lewis and the News at their artistic and commercial peak to make you feel so good you won’t care about a statewide lockdown.

  • “Bridesmaids” (2012): New friendships made, old friendships saved, a romantic comedy romance for our heroine, then the cast lip syncs to “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips and it rules so much you don’t mind sheltering at home for a month. 

  • “Bring It On” (2000): The Compton Clovers win the tournament, Isis (Gabrielle Union) and Torrence (Kirsten Dunst) become friends, The Toros’ second-place finish still feels like a win because they did it without cheating, and then the cast mimes a cover of “Hey Mickey” that’s so much fun who cares if society is crumbling.

  • “Chef” (2014): This is a great movie if you want to remember the Before Times, when we could still leave our houses and eat street food. You also get a dance party in the closing credits. Take that, end times anxiety.

  • “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” (2009): Tim FINALLY shows real affection for his son and then Flint and Sam kiss. No, I’m not coughing I’m crying. 

  • “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” (2019): Nothing makes the pandemic blues fade like a great movie that also does an affectionate parody of “Dora the Explorer” tropes, then ends with an amazing musical number that basically recaps everything we learned.

  • “Fast Five” (a.k.a. “Fast & Furious 5”) (2011): “Come on, baby. Don’t be mean.” Cue millions of dollars and a montage of our heroes living THAT life set to Don Omar’s “Danza Kuduro.” THEN Dom and Brian do a street race set to Omar’s “How We Roll.” Hell yeah, we roll like this!

  • “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” (1993): Wait, the two dogs and their kitty friend make it home alive and Chance learns to love his family? Shut up! I’m not crying; you’re crying. I SAID SHUT UP! I AM NOT CRYING!

  • “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!” (2018): It’s already one of the greatest movie musicals of all time before the ending turns into a totally insane sing along to Abba’s “Super Trouper” featuring the older characters dancing with their younger selves, the ghost of Meryl Streep, and CHER!!!!

  • “Pitch Perfect” series (2012-2017): All three of these perfect movies are perfect but the third in the series ends with a staggering performance of George Michael’s “Freedom ’90,” and then the romantic loose ends are tied up in the credits. Pandemic depression cured!

  • “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping” (2016): The criminally underappreciated masterpiece from The Lonely Island is nonstop hilarious, and then Michael Bolton shows up at the end to sing “Incredible Thoughts.” Also, the picture here is the world’s cutest kitten just hugging a dog, which you’d know if your brain was a genius.

  • “The Princess Bride” (1987): That really was the best kiss of all time.

  • “Ratatouille” (2007): You know this movie is great and you know the end is great. Seems like now would be a great time to watch it again, doesn’t it?

  • “School of Rock” (2003): “It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock n’ Roll)” by AC/DC is indisputably the best rock song ever recorded. And Jack Black and the kids play it at the end of this great movie.

  • “Shazam!” (2019): By far the best movie not called “Superman: The Movie” to be based on a DC Comic. If you didn’t yell “Hell Yes” and embarrass yourself in the theater when the thing depicted in the image above happened, you need a hug. 

  • “Sing Street” (2016): Awesome songs, a great coming-of-age story, then we end with a truly cathartic bittersweet moment of hope for the future and the successful pursuit of one’s dreams. For instance, I dream of being able to leave the house again.

  • “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” (2018): This is a pretty good kiss, too.

  • “Trolls” (2016): When Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick sing “Can’t Stop the Feeling” to turn the Bergens into happy dancing party people your mood will be dramatically improved, and I know because in November 2016 I saw this three times in the theater because, for some reason, I needed cheering up.

  • “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971): “Don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he wanted.” “What’s that?” “He lived happily ever after.” Just like we will once this whole thing is over.

Self-quarantine more like self-quarantastic

Hey, uh, are you all OK? Because we know it’s not a relaxing time, what with the ever-worsening coronavirus pandemic and everything being locked down. But if we’re gonna make it through… however long of isolating at home with our sanity intact, we need to stay positive. And we have just the thing for that! Just watch one of these movies with extremely happy endings, every single one guaranteed to leave you feeling so upbeat and genuinely awesome that you’ll forget all about covid-19. Coronavirus, schmoronavirus, we say!

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