Video: CNN's Chris Cuomo Destroys Tucker Carlson, Jeanine Pirro—'Latest Provocateurs on the Trump Train Over on State TV'

CNN's Chris Cuomo slammed Fox News's Tucker Carlson and Jeanine Pirro Monday night on Prime Time. Accusing the pair of "playing the victim" to increase division in the U.S., he argued they would never apologize for offensive remarks that have made headlines in recent days.

Carlson has come under fire for comments he made on the "Bubba The Love Sponge" radio show between 2006 and 2011. Unearthed by watchdog Media Matters and released over two days, Carlson makes remarks widely condemned as racist, misogynistic and homophobic in the recordings.

Calling his derogatory comments about women "naughty," in a statement, Carlson refused to apologize for them on Monday's Tucker Carlson Tonight, saying: "We will never bow to the mob. Ever. No matter what." In his statement, he asked critics to come on his show to discuss their issues.

Pirro, meanwhile, recently drew ire for suggesting on Justice with Judge Jeanine that Representative Ilhan Omar may favor Islamic law over the U.S. Constitution because she wears a hijab. After a backlash, Fox News said it "strongly condemned" Pirro's comments.

Pirro released her own statement in which she said: "I've seen a lot of comments about my opening statement from Saturday night's show and I did not call Rep. Omar un-American. My intention was to ask a question and start a debate, but of course because one is Muslim does not mean you don't support the Constitution."

On Monday Cuomo compared the pair's recent scandals to an incident in which he called the term "fake news" the "equivalent of the n-word for journalists."

"I'd screwed up...What I said was wrong and hurtful. If I knew that, I should own it and apologize," Cuomo said, adding: "I didn't hesitate. I apologized...I didn't want to increase any divide."

Although Pirro and Carlson, who he called "the latest provocateurs on the Trump train over at state TV," should apologize for their offensive comments, Cuomo insisted the pair were unlikely to ask for forgiveness.

"They won't apologize. Stop asking," Cuomo said. "They want to press the divide. They want to attack what most want to protect. And ironically, you give them attention for doing something wrong, and they use that attention to say it more. And ironically, they use your negative attention to play the victim."

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Chris Cuomo attends the 12th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on December 9, 2018 in New York City. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for CNN
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