CNN's Lemon, Cuomo to host new podcast

CNN's Lemon, Cuomo to host new podcast
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CNN anchors Don LemonDon Carlton LemonDemocrats brush off risks of paring down spending package Biden to take part in CNN town hall in Baltimore George Floyd statue vandalized in NYC's Union Square two days after unveiling MORE and Chris CuomoChris CuomoDemocrats brush off risks of paring down spending package Family attorney: 'Probability is strong' that human remains found belong to Brian Laundrie The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Arizona recount to show Trump's loss by even wider margin MORE are launching a new CNN podcast called “The Handoff,” the network announced Tuesday.

The podcast will be posted weekly and will only be available to subscribers to CNN’s Apple Podcast channel. 

The show will mimic the discussions — or handoffs — that Lemon and Cuomo have each evening between “Cuomo Primetime,” and “CNN Tonight,” the latter of which is hosted by Lemon.

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“With no broadcast clock to hold them back, they are stepping out from behind their anchor desks to come together and ignite even more personal and hot topic conversations,” the CNN announcement stated.

Neither CNN show is a ratings favorite. Since the last week of January, “Cuomo Primetime” has made the Nielsen rating company’s weekly list of the top 40 highest rated cable shows only three times. “CNN Tonight” has only made the list once in that same time period.

Lemon has become known for his candid takes on the national political scene, especially during his handoffs with Cuomo. 

During an April 3 handoff, Lemon slammed CNN commentator Rick Santorum for remarks about Native American culture and also questioned Cuomo’s decision to have Santorum as a guest.

Cuomo and his show have been criticized for a vacillating stance about reporting on his scandal-plagued brother, New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Biden makes his pitch as tax questions mount Hochul gets early boost as NY gubernatorial race takes shape EMILY's List announces early endorsement of Hochul MORE (D).