Anderson Cooper 360
While correspondent Isha Sesay read a story on Marg Helgenberger's recent swipe at Justin Bieber, producers surreptitiously inserted a still from the video that showed young Cooper in a furry, purple wig. "Why was that picture up there? Wait a minute," said Cooper. "How did ...? Where did this picture suddenly materialize from?"
"I'm telling you, Snooki is one impossibly lucky, unusually spunky, freakishly tanned, beer-guzzling, juicehead hugging, muscle-loving, Botero bodied, pint-sized money-making-machine," he said. Cooper was fired up about the news that Snooki and her 'Jersey Shore' castmates are getting a raise that would give them $100,000 per episode. "If you listen closely, you can hear school teachers around the country weeping right now," he said.
Cooper also noted that Snooki earned several thousand dollars more than Toni Morrison from Rutgers, who hired both for speaking engagements, comparing Morrison's philosophical prose to Snooki's statements about juiceheads getting "nut shrinkage and bacne." Hey, it's all knowledge at some level, Anderson.
"Every time I go over (to England) ... I leave my hotel, to try to find something to eat, and I go out, and its 11 o'clock at night, and the pubs have just closed, and the amount of people that have just come pouring into the street, urinating and vomiting, is extraordinary," Cooper complained.
"It's repulsive," Morgan agreed.
"It's very interesting to me that Americans look to England as this great sort of bastion of decency and politeness," Morgan continued. "And it's completely the opposite. Americans are much more polite than Brits these days. I mean much more."
Spoken like a true gentleman, Piers.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Describes Witnessing Gabrielle Giffords Open Her Eyes for First Time Since Shooting (VIDEO)
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was actually in the hospital room when this happened, and she recounted the experience on 'Anderson Cooper 360' (Weekdays, 9 PM ET on CNN)
"We were talking to her and I said, 'come on, you get to get better as quickly as possible, because we expect you up at New Hamphsire this summer. ' And, just as I said that, that's when she suddenly started struggling to open her eyes, first just a little bit, the doctors couldn't believe it."
"She went from opening her eyes really just a slit, to opening them almost fully," Wasserman continued. "Anderson, it was the most incredible -- other than the birth of my kids -- it was the most incredible experience I've ever had."
"I Found (Oprah)" Rivers proclaimed on 'Anderson Cooper 360' (weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN.) " I found her in Chicago and fought with 'The 'Tonight Show' (which Rivers often guest hosted in the '80s) to bring her on. And I was the first person to put her on national television."
Given this, Winfrey and Rivers must be close, right?
"Haven't been on (her) show since," Rivers joked. "She's not fuzzy about me, obviously." ("I've been on every now and then," Rivers later said.)
Last June, the National Enquirer reported that Rivers had been telling people that Oprah was "The biggest phony in the world," which perhaps could have contributed to the lack of fuzziness between the two women.
"We used many things, especially faith; we also relied on the experience of the older miners, and had to remain united; we relied deeply on each other," explained one of the miners through an interpreter.
Then Mario Gomez, who is the oldest of the miners, explained how he wrote a letter to his wife of 32 years, telling her that if he made it out of the mine alive, he would give her the church wedding they never had.
We're pretty sure this little romantic detail will be featured prominently in all upcoming dramatizations of the mining accident.
So how did Cooper react to this praise? Well, on Wednesday night's show he dressed up like a bunny. Why? Because an ape who's been taught to understand human language told him to.
"Apparently one of the chimps, Panbanisha, likes bunnies, and asked me to dress as a bunny," Cooper explained, as he was fitted with his bunny costume.
Cooper was doing a story on the Great Ape Trust in Iowa, where its furry residents are renowned for their ability to understand human language. Apparently, they've also developed a pretty keen sense of humor when it comes to the press.
Cooper had said he would like to have McCance on 'Anderson Cooper 360' (weekdays, 10 PM ET on CNN), so he could explain his hateful remarks. It seemed unlikely McCance would agree to such an appearance, but, low-and-behold, he did Cooper's show on Thursday, and ended up resigning his position on air in an exclusive interview.
"Clearly you know the response to this just isn't because you said these words, it's because of who you are. You're the vice-president on a school board," Cooper explained. "Education officials all over the state have condemned what you said . . . they said they can't fire you, but you can resign. Are you going to resign from the school board?"
"I am going to resign from the school board," McCance said. "I don't want (my school district) to receive bad press . . . from ignorant comments I made."
"I think that I was used as a scapegoat, and I was a very easy scapegoat, a Japanese women, you know, whatever" she told Cooper.
"You think some of it was sexism, racism?" Cooper wondered.
"Sexism, racism," Ono agreed. "But also, just remember that the United States and Britain were fighting with Japan in World War II, it was just after that in a way, so I can understand how they felt."
That's an interesting theory, which likely has some validity. However, Ono's pitchy singing voice and unconventional art may also have had something to do with it.
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.
Late Sunday, Anderson Cooper and fellow part-time hero / full-time correspondent Sanjay Gupta tweeted that they were going back to Haiti. Almost a month after a major quake destroyed the capital, most news crews and their high profile reporters have long since packed up and left. Haiti is no longer front page news and that makes Cooper's return all the more interesting.
It's no secret that CNN sees a spike in viewing during disasters, so is the network just milking the tragedy for ratings? Is it a genuine plea for a people forgotten by the news cycle? Or is it just good journalism?
Anyway, with all my CNN viewing, it's becoming clear that CNN reporters are slowly becoming part of the story, rather than just covering it. Yesterday, on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, 3 reporters put aside their journalistic hats and pitched in to help the quake victims.
It's honestly riveting. Not only is he airing his frustration at the red tape hindering the process, but he seems to be approaching Katrina levels of pissed off.
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