Sunday, February 27, 2011

"Anderson Unplugged"

In the middle of a week of very serious news, Anderson and the AC360 Team ended the program on Wednesday night with The RidicuList.


This RidicuList "Got Me Thinking" (to borrow a 360 phrase). Now we all know that Anderson loves him some reality TV and while there was a series of e-mails where his mom had him believing she was accepting an offer to be on Dancing With The Stars - Cue Host Chat, Live With Regis & Kelly April 23, 2010 ~


I dug way back into the ATA achieves to find this video from 2002 when Anderson was anchoring News Night and come up with this "Segment 7" where he first discusses Ozzy Osbourne's reality TV program and then pitches one of his own - "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper" ~ Here's your blast from the past or should I say vintage Anderson Cooper snark?


And a couple of other segments from the repeat hour of AC360 this week ~

On Wednesday night, Anderson introduced a new series called, "The Connection" ~

And on Friday night we met a new CNN Hero ~



Ellen DeGeneres and Anderson Cooper attending a Pre-Oscar party at a private residence on Coldwater Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills, CA. February 26, 2011.

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Journalist Anderson Cooper arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.

Journalist Anderson Cooper arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.

Journalist Anderson Cooper and Elaine Irwin attend the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter at the Sunset Tower Hotel on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.

Journalist Anderson Cooper and model Elaine Irwin attend the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter at the Sunset Tower Hotel on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.

Journalist Anderson Cooper, designer Tom Ford and model Elaine Irwin attend the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter at the Sunset Tower Hotel on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.

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ACAnderFan said...

Anderson talking about his mom making him believe that she was going to be on Dancing With The Stars. Anderson seemed freaked out by that. Imagine if she really was on there. I know he'd support her but I think he'd also be a little freaked out.

ACAnderFan said...

Finally got to see segment 7. Its been a while since I've seen it. Thanks for posting it. I love when the lady is combing his hair and he's like "gentle gentle not so rough!" Too funny. Its too bad he doesn't do funny stuff like segment7 anymore.

Anonymous said...

Yes, sir, Anderson never misses a chance to promote himself whether he has a talk show pending or at any other time.
Watch your back Ellen.

Anonymous said...

Phebe: there are more pics of Anderson with Benjamin at the Vanity Fair Party - Anderson is obviously open about having a boyfriend and I am curious why you still don't acknowledge that....odd.

Phebe said...

@ anonymous 6:31 and other readers of ATA,
It's a dilemma that we struggle with often. The ATA team is well aware of Anderson's private life but should it remain private? Or because he appears in public with someone is it fair game for posting? I lean toward posting the pictures because they are not speculation (which we try not to do), they are factual. Others lean toward keeping his private life off the blog.
When we don’t post the pictures we are accused of living in denial, when we do post the pictures we are accused of ‘outing’. It’s really a no win situation for us.

If you have an opinion we would love to hear from you but PLEASE use your blogger identity and/or sign your post.

aries moon said...

Anderson doesn't discuss his personal life, but if he's at a public event with his partner openly and he hasn't requested that no pictures be taken of them, then I don't see any reason to not post them. The pictures that I've seen of them at the Vanity Fair party don't look as if they're upset about the cameras being around--they are smiling on some and look relatively relaxed. When someone attends a huge event like the Oscar parties, I'm assuming they're aware that photos are inevitable and they accept that bargain. Since AC has yet to say that Benjamin is his partner publicly (it's only my personal belief that he is), the pics can be posted but with just their names and event mentioned and no other comment if it makes some here uncomfortable to take it any further than that. Paparazzi or candid pics of the two of them going about their lives in NYC are another issue altogether and perhaps should be left to the gossip blogs.

Anonymous said...

Phebe: yes Anderson keeps his private life private, but he brought his boyfriend to a very public event and allowed and expected the pictures to be taken.

I do not believe that this is crossing a line into a space he doesn't want known crossed into. He wanted to be seen with Ben.

Anonymous said...

Sorry but if you post the pictures of Anderson with the SO you are turning into just another gossip blog, something that you said you would never be. So why not just post a link to the page, then everyone will be happy.

Tedi B said...

I agree with Aries Moon on this one. I don't see a problem with posting the pictures, especially if they are from a legit source and not a tabloidy type thing.

Taking him to a big hollywood type party is pretty huge and if they seemed willing to have pictures taken then I say go for it. If people don't like it they can skip the post.


Tedi B said...

I forgot to add that going into speculation, gossip and rumors isn't something I think is a good thing but posting a picture from a public event is no big deal.

Anonymous said...

@Tedi B by posting any picture you are fueling speculation whether good or bad and I'm of the opinion that speculation is just fueling the gossip fire. So why add to it.

ACAnderFan said...

I see nothing wrong with posting the pics of Anderson and Ben. They're at a public event, the pictures are not from some trashy tabloid. I think they should be posted. Like aries moon said, they don't seem upset that their picture was taken. I don't see anything wrong with posting them.

Wonz said...

I was hoping ATA could avoid speculation comments. There are plenty of gossip blogs for people who wish to speculate on Anderson's private life. While I have my own suspicions, I choose not to share them publicly as they are not based in fact and I'm not one to spread gossip. (I'm not naive or homophobic, just not a fan of gossip.)

While I agree with Aries Moon that the photographs with the title (same as the others) could be posted and that would be fact, it is my hope that speculation and/or gossipy comments can be avoided on ATA. Not posting them seems to have led to the very thing we were trying to avoid, so it's really a no-win situation for the blog.

Anderson has chosen not to comment on his private life and I like to be respectful of that. The photos show two men who attended an Oscar party and nothing more. Any comments on how Anderson felt about the photographs being taken or appeared in the photographs is again, merely speculation. (I wouldn't expect him to be anything but cordial to a photographer at a public event.)

Mr. Cooper walked the red carpet alone. I think that speaks volumes.

Anonymous said...

My 2 cents here is that people can find those pictures on other blogs if they want to see them and they can go there and post their comments.

I am sorry but if ATA would post them you know some people would have to comment on them and that would defeat the purpose.

I just think till Anderson decides to admit to anything about his personal life, then we should all just respect that and leave the gossip photos to the gossip sites, not one like ATA that tries to be respectful of Anderson.

Thank you

Anonymous said...

At first, I was pleased to NOT see the photos since I've got little interest in what AC does in his personal life - even at public events. But after reading the snide comments on here, I suppose the best option would have been to post them with the rest of the shots without comment/captions.

Dee said...

How wonderful life would be if we could stop gossiping and speculating about each other. If, for whatever reason, my husband was no longer in my life I would be eating out, going shopping, attending public events, and vacationing with my best friend who happens to be single and female. Being best friends doesn't make us lesbians. Since Mr. Cooper has not publicly acknowledged Benjamin as a boyfriend or partner, all we know for a fact is that he is a male friend. Why not leave it at that? We can admire and appreciate his work as a journalist and keep our nose out of his private life. I can understand why he says he does not read what is written about him.

Anonymous said...

Wonz: you comment about Anderson walking the red carpet alone spoke volumes, I don't know what you personally thought that meant, but I see it as Anderson simply not wanting to go THAT far with Benjamin, giving Benjamin some privacy.

Anonymous said...

Because Anderson has not said publically one thing about his sexuality. Him being seen at parties/in public with a man, even if it is the same man for an extended length of time is total speculation. Ben could not only be a friend but his bodyguard, we just simply do not know. We know he needs a bodyguard, that is for sure. To speculate he is his partner is ridiculous. What is wrong with a single man going anywhere with a male friend btw? To many ppl jump to the wrong conclusions because it suits what they are about and bully other people to agree by harassing them into their beliefs. There is simply no proof of Anderson's sexuality by being photographed with male friends, he's been seen/photographed with female friends too. Until the man speaks the truth for himself should he choose to do so, only then will we know. We all know that when it comes to Anderson ppl are going to believe what they want no matter the truth. They are going to make their own truths about Anderson to suit them, even if it's not fact. I personlly have no problem seeing photos of him with Ben what so ever. The man was there. So what?

Wonz said...

@Anon 3:55 What I meant about Anderson walking the red carpet alone, was that he was making a public statement about attending a private party alone. Not that/if he attended with someone or who that someone may be. The VF dinner party is an invitation only event, not a public event. Yes, they hire photogs to cover the event, but that does not make it a public event.

Anderson has said he wishes his private life to remain private and I completely respect that. I wouldn't want my personal life gossiped or speculated about on a public forum. And think it best that we consider how we would like to be treated when posting comments about Anderson.

Unless you know him personally and he has shared his feelings with you, then you are merely speculating/gossiping about his private life. In my opinion that is best left to gossip sites and I would like to see ATA commentors stick to his work - AC360, 60 Minutes, his upcoming talk show and his public appearances.

Lauren--NY said...

I think it's possible to post the pictures with their captions because they are factual, and limit the speculation in the comment section, but I haven't seen the volume you guys get so I might be living in a fantasy world myself.

I will point out that there are famous straight couples, perhaps Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are the most famous, who usually choose to walk red carpets alone and meet up with each other inside the event, because they want to keep their personal and professional lives separate and protected. I take no issue with that. I think it's important to note that it's a choice that many couples make, and it's a valid one.

The pictures are gorgeous, thank you. Am I the only one who misses Life magazine?

Anonymous said...

Have to agree with Wonz. Anderson's privite life is his. If he chooses to divlge it then its his to do so!!!

As far as the pictures go, I am fine one way ar the other.

BTW, Lauren_NY, I totally agree with you about Life. I miss it too!!


Anonymous said...

I understand Phebe's reluctance here but I think it's very odd for you to post the pics of Anderson sitting next to that model Ellen Irwin while refusing to post the other pics taken at the VF dinner showing Ben sitting on Anderson's right engaged in a discussion with Barry Diller. If you can make the editorial decision to post the first pic of AC and the model, why then not post that of AC, Ben and Diller? Similarly, you include a pic of Anderson standing up talking to Tom Ford and Irwin, but you don't post the other pics of him standing up right next to Ben and smiling. The double standard is very noticeable and draws more attention to what you're trying to avoid (invading Anderson's privacy with mindless gossip) by not including the pics with Ben than simply posting those pics as well with a simple caption identifying the people in them. Let people engage in mindless gossip if they want to, but don't go out of your way to edit out parts of Anderson's life (like his decision to take Ben to the VF dinner) in a foolhearted attempt to avoid controversy because you'll end up adding fuel to the fire.

sydney said...

Anon 6:00 basically said what I was thinking. Why is it ok to post pics of Anderson with a female supermodel (a newly single one, I might add), which is just as capable of producing speculation/ comment as pics of him with a man? While I don't believe we should be promoting tabloid or paparazzi type shots, if you decide to show pics from a particular event, it should be done in an even-handed manner. Or just post the link and let others choose for themselves whether or not to view them.

That being said, I know what you gals do isn't easy and I, as always, appreciate your hard work!

judy said...

Totally agree with 6:00 PM.
By not showing Anderson with Benjamin, with whom he has been "friendly" with for quite some time, and editing photos, you are only fueling what we already know to be true.
AC brought him to a public event and the rest goes with the territory of fame.
He's not denying the relationship, whatever it is, and neither should

Phebe said...

Thanks for all those who took the time to post their opinions. To those who suggested that we either post no pictures or a more complete representation, you have a very valid point.

And since we didn't post a representative sample this time here's the link to the pictures in question:

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