Andrew got unexpectedly emotional when he announced Chris had tested positive, calling him a “sweet, beautiful guy” and “my best friend.” And Cuomo did sign off their Cuomo Prime Time interview by saying to his brother, “I love you. I respect you. Stay safe. I’ll talk to you soon. I’ll send you some sauce. Mom’s secret.” “There’s a lot of metaphoric reality in that one. I thank you for sharing that with us,” Andrew dryly replied to Chris, barely containing his laughter as he added, “Obviously the Male Nurse It’s Not For The Weak shirt so you should to go to store and get this fever has affected your mental capacity.” It wasn’t the first time the two have jousted on air, in ways that have sometimes given insights into a sibling rivalry that clearly has gone on for decades.
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For many people, these exchanges have seemingly brought a touch of much-needed levity to a period of almost unimaginable fear and foreboding. And as Ana Navarro-Cárdenas, a political commentator for CNN, tweeted on Thursday, “I know it’s quarantine and we’re all a little punchy. But I could watch the Male Nurse It’s Not For The Weak shirt so you should to go to store and get this brotherly banter between the Cuomos all day.” (One of her followers responded: “They are the reality show we never knew we needed.”) Not everyone is so amused, however. Chris and Andrew Cuomo’s joking may help relieve stress for some, but it has also come under fire, with Mediate writing that Chris should stop interviewing Andrew “for the sake of journalistic integrity” and other speculating that the Cuomos’ show of brotherly solidarity is intended as a distraction from some of the governor’s less-popular political decisions.