Noam Galai/Getty Images

Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson has obtained a leaked recording of a "shocking" phone conversation between CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen.

Cuomo is the brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is under investigation by the Justice Department for sending Coronavirus-infected patients into nursing homes, killing thousands or elderly people earlier this year.

"Cohen and the governor’s brother had a pretty shocking conversation," Carlson said on Friday night. "Bottom line, Chris Cuomo is not the person he pretends to be on CNN. And there is more. This is a developing story. We'll have all of it for you next week. Tune in."

Carlson updated his viewers on Monday, saying the recording "raises a number of questions about [Cuomo's] personal behavior off the air."

Carlson said his team sent a copy of the recording to CNN's head of strategic communications Matt Dornic and CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter.

"We haven't heard back yet. We're going to give them tonight to respond, and we're going to update you tomorrow. We hope that they will respond," Carlson said before signing off on Monday.

The FBI seized 12 tapes during a raid on Cohen's New York office in the summer of 2018.

Cohen later pleaded guilty to charges of tax fraud, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations for hush money payments to women who claimed they had sex with Trump before he was elected president.

Kellyanne Conway, who last week announced her resignation as White House counselor, participated in a 32-minute interview with Cuomo in Aug. 2018. She pressed him to discuss what he said on the tape.

"Tons of stuff," Cuomo said before explaining why he wouldn't talk about the tape publicly.

"[Cohen] asked me not to record it, I said, 'I won't.' He said, 'Just to be careful, let me have your phone,' I said, 'Here.' He then said, 'We'll take our phones. I'll put them away.' He did. He then recorded me on a secondary device."

Asked how he felt about being secretly recorded, Cuomo said he believed Cohen's actions were "dishonest" and "a bad thing to do."

Cuomo claimed he had nothing to worry about.

"You know what we talked about in the conversation? I'm not going to tell you, you know why? Because it was off-the-record, and I respect that, even though he did me wrong. That's called integrity," Cuomo said.

No photo

Fox News

Shepard Smith stunned viewers and colleagues on Friday when he announced his resignation from Fox News after 23 years with the network. Smith, 55, addressed his departure at the end of his final show.

"Even in our currently polarized nation, it's my hope that the facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalist will thrive."

Smith's resignation hit social media like a mini tornado. The news was welcomed by his detractors who despised Smith's left-leaning bias.

Many on Twitter.com celebrated Smith's resignation, including President Trump.

SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

"I don't know. Is he leaving? That's a shame," Trump joked on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday.

"Is he leaving because of bad ratings?" Trump continued. "If he's leaving, I assume he's leaving because he had bad ratings."

Probably no one was happier to see Smith leave than Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

Smith lashed out at Carlson after Fox legal commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano got into it with Carlson and one of his guests during a live broadcast 2 weeks ago.

Smith thought Carlson should have defended the judge.

"Attacking our colleague who is here to offer legal assessments on our air, in our work home, is repugnant," Smith said during his show the next day.

Later that night, Carlson mocked Smith on the air, repeatedly calling Smith a "daytime host" and never addressing him by name. Carlson ended his rant by taking a jab at Smith's sinking ratings: "When you dress up partisanship as news coverage, people tune out."

While some believe Trump's constant criticism of Smith may have intimidated the anchor to leave, others say Smith was upset about the stinging personal attack by Carlson.

Smith reportedly asked Fox to accept his resignation after only 1 year into his $15 million-a-year contract.

Smith's fans wished him well on Twitter and praised him for keeping his boot on Trump's neck over the past two years. But others thought he was too hypercritical of the president.

Bruce Jenner Diane Sawyer

ABC's much-hyped Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner reunion interview with Diane Sawyer saw a ratings decline on Friday.

The first 20/20 interview between Jenner and Sawyer in 2015 (when Jenner came out as a cross-dresser) garnered 17.1 million viewers. But Friday's 20/20 special didn't even come close.

Read more »