Anderson Cooper Signs Daytime Talk Show Deal
So, Oprah's TV heir has been announced and it's none other than The Silver Fox himself: Anderson Cooper.
According to Reuters, Cooper has signed a deal to host a syndicated daytime TV talk show from fall 2011. But he'll be doing double duty as he also gets to keep his job as host of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360." Warner Bros. announced the deal Thursday, and said the daytime show would cover social issues, pop culture and human interest stories.
Cooper -- who described daytime TV as "fun and interesting" -- will also conduct undercover investigations using hidden cameras, and hold town hall meetings on topics like race, infidelity and Internet predators.
Cooper got his start in TV as a correspondent for ABC News, rising to be co-anchor of 'World News Tonight.' He joined CNN in 2001 after two seasons hosting the TV game show, 'The Mole.' He's hosted 'Anderson Cooper 360' since 2003, and became a household name in 2005 following his intense and emotional coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
Speaking about Cooper's new daytime venture, CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton said it would be "good for Anderson, good for CNN and good for Time Warner."