A bleary-eyed Chris Cuomo, saying he wanted to be a cautionary tale for his audience, anchored his CNN show from his basement Tuesday after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Via remote link, he interviewed Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, an emergency room nurse and CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who expressed worry about one of Cuomo's symptoms.
"Brace yourself," Cuomo told viewers, "not for a hoax. But for the next few weeks of scary and painful realities. This is a fight. It's going to get worse. We're going to suffer."
Cuomo looked pale, his eyes watery and red-rimmed. He took a few deep breaths to compose himself. He repeated himself. Even Gupta said he didn't look good, and said he'd call later to talk about a tightness Cuomo was feeling in his chest.
The 49-year-old newsman, whose brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has logged just as much television airtime lately with daily briefings on how the disease is affecting his state, said earlier that he knew it was a matter of time because of how often he was exposed to people. He said he's staying in the basement of his Long Island home to protect himself from his wife and children.
The New York governor, who appeared with his brother on CNN by remote link the night before, also used the personal story to warn others during his press briefing Tuesday. He noted that he had scolded Chris for having their 88-year-old mother, Matilda, visiting Chris' home two weeks ago.
"It's my family, it's your family, it's all of our families," he said. "This virus is so insidious, and we have to keep that in mind."
Chris Cuomo said he thought his mom would be safer at his house than in her New York City apartment, but his brother persuaded him to have her stay at his sister's place in Westchester County.
Some competitors, including Sean Hannity and Geraldo Rivera of Fox News Channel, and Joy Reid and Ali Velshi of MSNBC, sent best wishes to Cuomo through social media Tuesday.
He said he appreciated the sympathy from well-wishers but tried to deflect it.
"Hopefully, I'll be able to keep doing the show," he said. "But who knows?"
One of the most unsettling things about the disease, he said, is hearing from doctors that there really isn't much he can do now except "suck it up."
"The best medicine is not to get it — prevention," he said in a pre-show discussion with colleague Anderson Cooper.
Most people who get the virus have mild to moderate symptoms and recover. But for older people, and those with underlying medical conditions, the disease can be dangerous. More than 3,000 people have died in the U.S. alone.
Andrew Cuomo, 62, and the CNN anchor are sons of the late New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, and that teasing big brother-little brother dynamic often enlivens their appearances together. The governor called him his best friend.
"He is going to be fine," he said. "He's young, in good shape, strong — not as strong as he thinks he is, but he will be fine."
Chris got a measure of revenge Tuesday night, referring to his brother as "Captain Banana Hands."
Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like "Home" and "Pickup Man," has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 61.
Diffie on Friday announced he had contracted the coronavirus, becoming the first country star to go public with such a diagnosis. Diffie's publicist Scott Adkins said the singer died Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee, due to complications from the virus.
Diffie, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a member of the Grand Ole Opry for more than 25 years. His hits included "Honky Tonk Attitude," "Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)," "Bigger Than the Beatles" and "If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)."
"Country music lost one of the good guys today," Naomi Judd said in a statement.
Diffie's mid-90s albums "Honky Tonk Attitude" and "Third Rock From the Sun" went platinum. Eighteen of Diffie's singles landed in the top 10 on the country charts, with five going No. 1. In his 2013 single "1994," Jason Aldean name-checked the '90s country mainstay.
Diffie shared in a Grammy award for best country collaboration for the song "Same Old Train," with Merle Haggard, Marty Stuart and others. His last solo album was 2010's "The Bluegrass Album: Homecoming."
"Joe Diffie, one of our best singers and my buddy, is gone," Tanya Tucker said in a statement. "We are the same age, so it's very scary. I will miss his voice, his laughter, his songs."
"Joe was a real true honky tonk hero to every country artist alive today," singer John Rich said in a statement. "No one sang our music better than he did, and to see his life and artistry cut short is beyond tragic. He was loved, cherished and respected by all of country music and beyond."
Toby Keith extended his condolences to Diffie's family, saying in a statement, "A great traditional voice will live on cuz I'm putting his music on now. Here's a beer to ya, Joe. Go get your reward."
Deanna Carter said she was "shell shocked" by the news and had hoped to perform again with Diffie this year. "He was a powerhouse that stopped people in their tracks, both on and off stage," she said in a statement.
Diffie is survived by his wife, Tara Terpening Diffie, and seven children from four marriages.
In your hectic days you might have a fantasy of taking a long vacation which you want to spend sitting on the couch ideally eating lots of snacks and watching your favorite TV series. The recent circumstance of coronavirus outbreak is forcing you to stay at home until the situation gets under control. Certainly you never expected such vacation, but still you have to accept the way it is! Now how to spend this home quarantine period without getting bored? Don’t worry! In the age of Netflix, you have lots of options to choose from. Blissfully Netflix has officially launched a bunch of highly enjoyable TV series in the early months of 2020, which worth watching in your quarantine with utmost fun. Read this article if you are looking for entertaining, thrilling and educative series in the streaming giant Netflix to watch during your home quarantine.
If you love watching TV series that resembles real-life experience of a real community, don’t miss Gentefied. Thanks to Netflix for allowing a community to tell its own story. What makes the Netflix’s new comedy Gentefied stand out from average TV series of entertainment industry is portraying the real scenario of the sprawling city Los Angeles. This series aims to spot light on how the influx of illegitimate money – mostly earned by the newer whiter residents – is pushing out the unique culture of Los Angeles.
Though the characters speak Latin from the beginning to end, you will enjoy every episode with English subtitles and some English dialogues. Gentefied represents a California neighborhood which is experiencing the initial impacts of the process of gentrification. In brief, the story line circulates around a Mexican-American family who are struggling to preserve their cultural identity while get going with the gentrification process. The three main characters are cousins inheriting Mexican-American origin. While living at Boyle Heights in Los Angeles for decades, those trios are chasing their American Dream. However, their dream is about to jeopardize their possessions including the family-owned taco shop, cultural identity own neighborhood, even if their immigrant grandfather.
Are you a crazy fan of thriller series? If yes, Netflix’s documentary miniseries ‘Killer inside: the Mind of Aaron Hernandez’ is must watch for you! The storyline is formed upon the life history of NFL star who was convicted for homicide. The documentary will take you back in 2013 to 2015 when Hernandez was facing trial and later proved guilty for the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. The storyline also revisits the trial incidence for double homicide (Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu) in 2012 for which Hernandez was found not guilty. Hernandez got a life sentence in April 2015. But a few days later, he took his life in prison which was claimed as suicide.
Revealing some audio recordings from Hernandez’s prison life, including his personal phone calls to his daughter, mother, and lawyers, this documentary tries to portray Hernandez as a human apart his criminal offense. The Killer inside series also shades light over the vulnerable affect of football to human brain. The audience will also experience what it be like to live a secretive gay life in the NFL. Beyond the history of Hernandez, this documentary dares to question NFL culture.
The latest Netflix series ‘The Pharmacist’ directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, combines three different series in one platform. This documentary series starts portraying the murder incidence of Dan Jr., a young white man, who was trying to buy some cocaine in April 1999. Then the storyline jumps to the victim’s father Schneider, a pharmacist from New Orleans, who was frustrated by the noncooperation of the corrupt Police Department of New Orleans in investigating his oldest son’s murder case. The circumstances made the father find his own way to reach the killer.
In 1975, Schneider took the career of pharmacist to manage his family. The heroic attempts of the pharmacist Schneider erased the opioid – category of drugs related to heroin – crisis which was leading the youths of his community towards moral erosion. Portraying the currently growing drug issues of the country, ‘The Pharmacist’ appears as a praise-worthy documentary series which wraps up in four episodes.
What’s it like to be a baby? Certainly you can’t remember much of it. Babies are miracles to both parents and science. Have you ever give it a thought how those little helpless souls grow up day by day and turn into matured human kind. To fulfill your curiosities you can stream the latest documentary series titled ‘Babies’. This documentary series highlights little advancements of infants like how babies sleep, smile, take their first milk/food, learn to crawl, spell their first word, put their first steps, etc.
In this series, through some experiments Scientists show that Oxytocin level of both mother and father increases after post-birth period. These moments might seem natural which we all have experienced in and around our lives, but this documentary has made an attempt to film these incidents through the lens of science. Even if you are not a parent, ‘Babies’ series you can learn many life-changing lessons which can change your notion towards the concept of life, children, and parenting. If you are looking for an entertaining and educative TV series to watch during your home quarantine, let your remote choose the ‘Babies’.
The Kanye West and Taylor Swift public beef has reignited again with the ongoing feud now involving his wife and Swift's publicist.
Swift's publicist, Tree Paine, fired back Monday night at Kim Kardashian West, who had defended herself after someone released a video, clipped into segments, of the full 25-minute conversation of Kanye West and Swift discussing his song "Famous." Kardashian West posted several tweets Monday to address Swift who said in a statement earlier in the day on Instagram that she was illegally recorded in the "manipulated" video.
West was condemned for a lyric in which he called Swift a bitch in his 2016 song "Famous." The rapper said Swift gave her blessing to use the lyric during a phone call, but the singer denied ever hearing the lyric.
The new footage of the phone call between West and Swift was posted online from an unknown source Friday night.
The new clips seem to corroborate Swift's claims that West didn't tell her the full lyrics of the song. But they also show West repeatedly asking Taylor for her approval of a lyric in which he raps: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, Why? I made that bitch famous." Swift does tell West she thinks it's funny, just as the rapper said when the song first was released.
Previously, Kardashian West seemed to vindicate her husband — months later — by releasing snippets of the call where Swift appeared to approve the lyrics. She said in a tweet Monday that Swift lied through her publicist that "Kanye never called to ask for permission."
In response, Paine said in her tweet Monday that West did not call to get the lyric approved from Swift. She said West asked Swift if she could release the song on her Twitter account but she declined.
Renowned jazz man Manu Dibango, to many the beloved "Papy Groove" who served as an inspiration and pioneer in his art, died on Tuesday with the coronavirus, his official Facebook page announced. He was 86.
The saxophonist who inspired what is known as "world music" was recently hospitalized with an illness "linked to COVID-19," his official Facebook page said last Wednesday, adding that he was "resting well and calmly recovering."
The announcement did not say where he had been hospitalized, but Dibango, who was born in Cameroon, was known to live in France.
"He can't wait to meet you again," the earlier message said. That was not to be.
The artist inspired "world music" in the 1970s with the song "Soul Makossa."
Funeral services were to be "held in strict privacy" followed by a tribute "when possible," Tuesday's announcement said. Funerals in France have been limited to 20 people who are in the closest circle of the deceased because of a lockdown to try to slow the spread of COVID-19.