- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2020

CNN’s Chris Cuomo was roasted on social media Monday night after CNN aired a segment of the prime-time host emerging from his basement allegedly for the first time since being diagnosed with the new coronavirus, more than one week after he got into a verbal spat in the Hamptons with a bicyclist who scolded him about not social distancing.

“The very moment @ChrisCuomo emerged from his basement, where he’s been riding out coronavirus for the last several weeks,” read a tweet from “Cuomo Prime Time.”

The segment, filmed by Mr. Cuomo’s daughter Bella, showed the CNN host greeting his children and wife, who was also diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, but is no longer experiencing symptoms.

“All right, here it is, the official reentering from the basement, cleared by CDC,” Mr. Cuomo said in the video as he walked up the stairs. “This is what I’ve been dreaming of, literally, for weeks.”

Social media users mocked Mr. Cuomo as attention-seeking but also pointed out that he was recently spotted in Southhampton by a bicyclist who ended up filing a police report over his run-in with the host.

The man, identified as 65-year-old David, said he was riding his bike by Mr. Cuomo’s Long Island property on April 12 when he noticed Mr. Cuomo congregating with his wife, another woman and three kids who were playing on the property. The man said he got into a verbal spat with Mr. Cuomo after he asked why the CNN host was not following the social-distancing guidelines ordered by his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“He said, ‘Who the hell are you?! I can do what I want!’” David recalled in an April 14 interview with the New York Post. “He just ranted, screaming, ‘I’ll find out who you are!’ “

Mr. Cuomo slammed the bicyclist on his SiriusXM show, lamenting that his fame prevented him from telling the man to “go to hell” like he really wanted to.

“I don’t want some jackass, loser, fat tire biker being able to pull over and get in my space and talk bulls—t to me, I don’t want to hear it,” he said. “I want to be able to tell you to go to hell, to shut your mouth. … I don’t get that doing what I do for a living.”

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