Saturday, October 01, 2011

Sunday's Bits & Pieces 10/2/11

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Anderson Cooper and Manhattan bar owner Ben Maisani sandwich in Fergie during an after-party held at NYC’s Edison Ballroom on Friday night (September 30) in New York City. Earlier in the day, The Black Eyed Peas performed “Concert 4 NYC” benefiting The Robin Hood Foundation, which funds poverty-fighting programs in the city. Click on the link for the full article and more pictures from the event.

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Anderson Cooper's Daytime Talk Show Struck by Teen Coma Tragedy

Anderson Cooper's new daytime talk show, Anderson, is dealing with its first tragic situation.

After three weeks on television, Gawker reports that a teenager is in a coma after a producer from Anderson allegedly encouraged him to record his behavior for an episode centered on the "teenage mind."

According to the report, the teenage boy was set to appear during an episode that delved into how the adolescent mind operated. Prior to the scheduled appearance, a producer told the teenager to "film the crazy stuff you do." The teenager subsequently filmed himself skateboarding and fell, where he suffered a serious injury to the head, and is in a coma, the report states. The episode was never broadcast.

A rep for Anderson confirmed to Gawker that the teenager "had been injured."
"Our producers were working with a teen and his parents on a show about the science of the Teenage Brain, based on a National Geographic story," the rep's statement read. "As part of our routine process, we ask guests for video footage and photos. We did not provide the family with a camera. On the morning that they were supposed to travel to NYC, we learned that the teen had been injured. We are very concerned about him, and are thinking of him and his family at this time."

Reps for Anderson did not immediately respond to an email sent Saturday.

UPDATE: Cooper released a statement on Saturday evening in response to the accident.
"I was very saddened to hear the news of this accident, and want to express my deepest concerns for the teenager who was injured," he said. "I take this situation seriously, and my thoughts and prayers for his health, well-being and recovery are with him and his family."

ANDERSON has changed the previously announced topic for Wednesday's talk show:


Anderson takes viewers inside the trial of Michael Jackson's private physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, and discusses the latest developments with the people closest to Michael. Anderson has a real conversation with members of Jackson's inner circle, who reveal Jackson's final moments and everything that happened on that fateful day.

Anderson speaks with fitness guru Lou Ferrigno, who shares personal stories from his longtime friendship with Jackson, as well as Jackson's former bodyguard of three years, Mike Garcia. Anderson also speaks with a panel of legal experts, including former prosecutor Marcia Clark.

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aries moon said...

So sorry to hear about the teenager who has been seriously hurt--I hope he is able to recover.

Anonymous said...

Great pictures of Cooper, Ben and Fergie, thank you for posting them.

I too hope the young man who was injured makes a full recovery. I'm sure the 'Anderson' spin machine will try and minimize their culpability but there surely will be a lawsuit even if the young man recovers from his coma. There was a lawsuit years ago that another Warner Bros. talk show was involved in. The jury in that case ruled that the Jenny Jones talk show producers had encouraged someone to act on an impulse and it resulted in him being killed by another guest on the show. The common thread in the two situations is talk show producers who don’t act in the best interest of the guest they’ve booked. In the 1995 case Warner Bros. was ordered by the jury to pay 25 million dollars to the slain man’s family.
‘Anderson’ is bleeding money at this point and after a settlement it will be hemorrhaging money. Not a good situation for the Silver Fox.

Personal responsibility? said...

I read the story a couple of times, and I just don't see how the Anderson show is at fault. The teenager and his parents signed up for the show, and signed waivers. They were asked to film the teenager doing a legal activity that the teenager was normally doing (the skateboarding). He had the accident while he was filming (using his own equipment). The teenager and his family contacted the Anderson show to be on it, not the other way around. This situation is very tragic, but how is the show responsible for the teenager contacting them, wanting to be on their show and getting hurt doing something he was used to doing. It's not like the show said "well why don't you try skateboarding for the first time and film it for us". The teenager was a skateboarder already, but that activity has an inherent risk of traumatic head injuries. If someone gets into a car accident on their way to a taping of the show, is the show also responsible for that person's injuries?? It was teenager's and his families choice to contact the show and to film him skateboarding to get on the show.

Broadway Bound Bunny said...

@anon I agree to some producers it's all about the ratings, not about the people involved in the stories. I'm just wondering if the family signed a release so relieving the producers and the show of any fault in the incident. I will not take sides, but will wait to see what happens.

Anonymous said...

Gawker can smell a law suit a mile away.
And yes, it is all about ratings and as long as Anderson wants to lie down with fleas, he'll get up dirty.
End of story.

Anonymous said...

And these are Oprah's producers??
Sounds more like Jerry Springers' producers.

aries moon said...

I don't know WHO these people are who seem to be reveling in the problems Anderson is having right now. They certainly can't claim it's all due to him not doing the news the way they want him to, because anyone who displays THIS much disdain and hostility towards him couldn't have a sliver respect for him on ANY possible level. Which begs the question once again, WHY are they here? We all have some criticism of Anderson/360 at times, but the level of animosity in some of these comments is downright bizarre. If I felt someone had disappointed me to the degree that Anderson apparently has for some of these commenters, I wouldn't waste any more time on him because he obviously has absolutely nothing to offer them at this point.

Anonymous said...

Anderson is safer with the Michael Jackson death panel.
At least we all know Jackson is still dead.
Can't do much harm there.

Anonymous said...

5:18 The Jenny Jones case was appealed, and the decision was reversed on appeal. The final decision was that the show had no liability at all and did not owe money to the victim's family. Bear in mind that the Jenny Jones case was egregious, and the Anderson producer's involvement looks like nothing in comparison. The murderer was a homophobic man with a history of addiction and mental illness who the show intentionally misled to think he would be surprised by a female admirer then they sprang a male one on him. The show had plied the gay man backstage with alcohol while urging him to expound on camera on his sexual fantasies about his straight crush so they could play clips of it in front of the show audience and the straight guy. Still there was no liability in the final decision because the appeals court decided the Jenny Jones show couldn't have been expected to foresee the murder that happened within a week of the episode's filming.

Soliciting videos to decide on guests and prepare introductory packages about them is absolutely standard practice among talk shows and reality shows. Instructions to film "the crazy things you do", if that is even a fair and accurate statement about what the producer said, is very broad, general and implies the teenager is just supposed to film what he is already doing. We don't know if the producer asked the family to make sure the teenager uses safety devices. Shows also are normally very careful with waivers that are explained to the prospective participants.

Someone could get injured trying to show off fancy dance moves on video to try to get on So You Think You Can Dance, or shooting arrows and stuff on video to try to get on Survivor, or as a violent consequence of saying some bad things about their spouse on a video played on the Marriage Ref or Dr. Phil or Oprah. There is always a chance in life that something can go wrong.

Talk shows are not expensive television compared to other types of shows, and I haven't seen any reports that the show is "bleeding money".

Anonymous said...

Allowing a skateboarder who wants to be on TV and show off his skateboarding to make a video for your show is not something immoral or some fiendish exploitative Springer-like ratings grab. Amateur skateboarding is not any kind of ratings gold, and the guy would have been doing it whether the show let him be a guest or not.

The people who are delighting in this, eager to condemn, and rubbing their hands hoping for the worst are the ones who are really "lying down with fleas" and demonstrating inhumanity and self-interest.

westcoast said...

@anon 3:43 and 3:58 - Thank you! Finally, other reasonable, rational people posting here! I am really getting tired of all the Ander-bashing going on on this site, and really appreciate reading logical thinkers who are not coming here just to bash Anderson!

I don't think the Anderson show is responsible for the teenager's accident. He contacted the show to be on it, (along with his parents) and would have presumably signed waivers (standard practice in the industry) and was filming something that the "normally would be doing" as per the show's request. The show didn't request for him to film himself doing something he has never done before. I am interested to hear whether or not he was wearing a helmet, but either way I don't think the show is at fault cuz this kid wanted to skateboard.

Anonymous said...

Word on both Aries Moon and Westcoast's posts!! I've been really surprised by some of the comments recently. Did I expect criticism? yes! Did I expect to see them addressed in this manner on this site? NO! I'm actually afraid to read the comments nowadays.

Anonymous said...

Anderson was a news person and many others like Matt Lauer are sitting on the sidelines "waiting" to see how he transitions himself or If he transitions himself.
Oprah has been silent and so has Ellen and, as far as we know, they have not encouraged or discouraged him.
When people are silent that says something as well.
The industry does not look kindly on those who try to step into someone elses shoes. Resentment is understandable.
This will be a learning experience for Anderson.