Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sweet Dreams

Anderson Cooper mentioned several times last night that it had been a long week and he was feeling a bit sleep deprived. He also wrote this on Friday's AC360 Live Blog:

January 23rd, 2009 9:54 pm ET
welcome to the live chat. I dont know about you, but i am so ready for this week to end. It’s been a remarkable week, but i am ready for a very long siesta.


Starting with the Obama Express (last Saturday) it seems that Mr. Cooper was on-air almost non-stop during this Inauguration week. Add to that a few media interviews and co-hosting 'Live with Regis & Kelly' on Friday and you'll realize he should be exhausted.

All this talk of sleep deprivation reminded me of the sleep clinic report that Anderson did several years ago. I know Quitty has posted it before, but who gets tired of seeing AC crawling into bed?

Speaking of Quitty, she hopes to be back to blogging next weekend. We will look forward to her return since no one digs up the oldies but goodies quite as well as Ms. Quitty. ~Phebe


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27 comments:

ACAnderFan said...

I love the sleep clinic video. It is one of my all time favorite Andermoments. Who would have ever thought we'd get to see Anderson in bed! He's so cute when he wakes up in the morning. And I love that he says he dosen't snore.

Does anyone know the name of the Beatles song played in the middle of the clip?

Anonymous said...

"I'm Only Sleeping" The Beatles appeared on their studio album Revolver (in the US on the Yesterday and Today album).

He has gained weight and "bulked up" since that report. I didn't realise how much.
I think that he may have to do that report again, highly relevant in this stressful time; in his jimjams and slippers, and maybe a little noddy cap to keep his head warm. LOL

Anonymous said...

How'd I get all linked up? I'm sorry but I don't know how to turn it off I don't know what I did.

Aries Moon said...

Some might disagree, but I do think Anderson should have a nice long break if he wants and needs to, yes he gets paid a ton and others at CNN work equally hard or maybe even harder, but they all get their breaks at some point. Even though it was a big week, I was still a little surprised to see him back on Wednesday, so I hope he has a chance to slow down a little if that's what he's planning.

Thanks for the sleep clinic clip - I never get tired of seeing Anderson's feet and hairy legs. ;)

Kristien said...

Thanks for the clip Phebe, I don't remember seeing it before.

Anonymous said...

So between his blog comment looking forward to a VERY long siesta, no "see you Monday" comment, and his appearances on R&K for Monday and Tuesday rescheduled to this past Friday equals possibly no Anderson for a bit?

snooks said...

Phebe - thanks for posting the sleep video - I have to agree with ACAnderfan it is one of my alltime favorites as well

Also thank you for all the effort you and everyone at ATA put in - this past week especially has been terrific

Anonymous said...

Anderson really needs that for a very long siesta. I have a feeling that he should be off this restful week. I hope he will enjoy something to do at his apartment alternatively anywhere else at the city.

Danielle said...

I love the Stone Roses at the BEGINNING of the clip...wow...takes me back..

Anonymous said...

Watching the Germ Game segment on R@K got me thinking of the video I had seen of Anderson having his office tested for germs,the report was by Heidi Collins.

If I remember corectly,the results were horrific,and Heidi teased him she was NEVER going back to his office!LOL



DO YOU HAVE THAT VIDEO?

ACAnderFan said...

@Moley Willows, thanks for the song title.

I hope Anderson takes sometime off. He works hard and desrves time off. We don't want him burning out or getting sick because he's not getting enough rest.

Anonymous said...

Why does everyone feel so sorry for the man? I'm sure everyone else is (was) just as tired as him. Give me a break.

Anonymous said...

I agree with anon 1:16 PM. Actually, Anderson was off the Thursday and Friday before the inauguration coverage.

All of the other anchors and correspondents work just as hard, some harder, than Anderson did and does.

What about poor Wolf, John King, Soledad, and all the others?

M in Oregon said...

For reasons unknown (it's currently Sunday, about 12:00 noon in Oregon) the sleep video won't play past the opening panning shot..

I read through the commentary and found it about evenly split between "let the boy get some rest!" and "everyone else worked hard too" sentiment. Each of us handles stress differently. In his book, and in that recent travel article, Anderson recounts his ability to go on for five or so days virtually without sleep - living on tuna and energy bars, then "collapsing in your own filth", a particularly interesting statement in light of his skill in the Germ Quiz. (I, too, remember that Heidi Collins tour of horrors in his office, Anon 12:22 pm)

Hm-mm-m, let's see disgusting, cluttered, germ filled office; mattress that's over 20 years old; collapsing in "filth" after a marathon on the air. My Gawd, I'm surprised Andy still alive at all!

Maybe all he needs is a nice hot shower. Any volunteers?

Anonymous said...

There was an entire CNN team there in D.C,so I am sure a lot of them are tired,especially the behind the scenes folk who we never see,those who set up cameras,haul around equipment,produce,direct,whatever,just so Anderson,Wolf,and company can even BE on the air,ans stay on air. I am sure they put in long,or longer hours setting things up for all that coverage,and I highly doubt they can even AFFORD the luxury of a couple of days off,unlike the primetime anchors who make a lot more money than they can even dream of!

Anonymous said...

Actually a siesta is a short nap taken after eating lunch so Anderson misused that word all together because you can't have a very long, short nap!

I doubt that Anderson will be off next week. He often doesn't say that he will see us the next night or week and he is on. So you can't use him not saying he'll see us Monday as any kind of clue as to if he'll be on or not. Besides that, if he were taking off for vacation he wouldn't be resting or sleeping he'd probably be going somewhere to get away from NY as he always does on his vacations. So he wouldn't have said that he was going to have a very long siesta.

Kristien said...

Gee, what's with the "don't feel sorry for Anderson, some people at CNN work harder, blablabla..."?

I'm sure some people work a lot harder than him, but this is All Things ANDERSON, so: duh!

ACAnderFan said...

I agree with Kristien, this is an Anderson blog and we are Anderson fans so most of are going to be worried/concerned about him and want him to take care of himself and want what is best for him.

Anonymous said...

What the behind the camera people's work conditions and schedule were like during the inauguration is all conjecture. You could just as easily argue they're situation is better than Anderson's. It would have been easier for them to trade off to take naps, warm themselves or eat because nobody can see them. They would also be able to bundle themselves up much more, wear comfortable clothes and eat while working because they don't need to be camera friendly.

Regardless, this is an Anderson blog and Anderson is the one who has been stumbly, enduring the public embarrassment of a mocked up video making the rounds with cries of "he's working drunk!", and was talking about being tired. That's why it makes sense that people were talking about it being a tough week for him here instead of all the other miscellaneous mentioned.

Anonymous said...

anon @1:16pm, not everyone has had worse long hours out in the cold like him, and not everyone had to rush back from DC to NYC. On top of it, people here just love him more than everyone else.

Anonymous said...

anon 1:16pm, i'm sure there are other people working harder than him. If you want to watch clip of Wolf crawl into bed, I'm afraid this is not the place.

Anonymous said...

Kristien, clapping hands very well said and you are so correct.

Whether he is on or not, next week, it is NONE of our business.

Anonymous said...

I completely missed the part where he was talking about his mattress...was it in a previous video?
Anyways thanks for your dedication, I think you need some rest as well!

Emma said...

@Anon 12:22, I believe CNN still has that video. Do a search for "office germs" or "Heidi Collins germs," it should be the second video.

Phebe said...

@skeeen, the topic of AC's mattress came up on a previous Live with Regis and Kelly. We should have the clip posted if you do a search of the blog.

Ewwww....I think I am blinded just by the thought of Wolf crawling into bed.
As to the discussion of whether AC deserves to be tired....let's just agree to disagree and move on please.

ACAnderFan said...

@Phebe, I think I too am blinded by the thought of Wolf crawling into bed. Yuck! I think I need to re-watch the Anderson sleep clinic video so I can have nice dreams tonite...LOL!

Anonymous said...

Having viewed AC's Columbia lecture to the students of journalism, it was quite rambling, and I kept wishing during the Q@A that someone would ask about how he felt replacing Aaron Brown or the downward spiral of the economy, but no one did. He spoke rather quickly and looked different without makeup.
Having said that, his work ethic was made very clear. He got into the business by working harder and longer than everyone else and apparently still does. He is very realistic about the "changing news cycles, and how everything and everyone, including him, could suddenly disappear. (All depending on ratings and such) It reminded me of and interview I read about Sarah Jessica Parker, not that they have anything to do with one another.....She just has the same approach to work and said that fame was and is fleeting, so make the best of it while it's there. I think AC's constant work ethic is much the same.
Also, while we may fear for his safety, he worries about kidnapping in foreign countries and so does CNN. Interesting to view at least once but repetitive at times.