Friday, August 07, 2015

Anderson Cooper 360 on Friday, August 7, 2015

 

Anderson anchored AC360 from the NYC studio.  Most of the hour was devoted to more analysis of last  night's Republican debate and "The Donald"!  


From Twitter today:

The article from EW:

Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper talk being set up on a blind date and THAT infamous WWHL episode
Posted August 7 2015 — 10:00 AM EDT

The friendship between Watch What Happens Live host (and EW cover star) Andy Cohen and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper is fairly well-documented. The pair even have their own speaking tour, called AC2, that will begin again this October.

But what’s it like to have lunch with these two? Quite amusing actually. EW sat down for a meal with the old friends to talk about how they met and the time Anderson really embarrassed Andy.

EW: How did you guys first meet?

ANDY: We were set up on a blind date. We didn’t wind up going on the date.

ANDERSON: We had a phone call.

ANDY: I was too enthusiastic for him.

ANDERSON: I was at ABC at the time and I was on the phone to this guy in my little cubical at ABC.

ANDY: “This guy.”

ANDERSON: I was on the phone with Andy and he was a producer at CBS at that point. And I just imagined him gesticulating a lot while he was talking to me.

ANDY: That’s so rude.

ANDERSON: I was like, “We’re not going to go on a date.” So we never went on a date.

EW: How long ago was this?

ANDY: Early ’90s.

ANDERSON: He had big hair.

ANDY: And I thought the call went great and I was excited to go out with the young Vanderbilt boy!

ANDERSON: Oh, see, this is what I also sensed!

ANDY: Oh, you think I was after your money!

ANDERSON: No I’m kidding. I’m kidding.

ANDY: I thought it seemed like “I’m at CBS. You’re at ABC …”

ANDERSON: On paper it seemed to make sense.

ANDY: I have no regrets for how it worked out, trust me.


EW: Did you then go on a friend date?

ANDERSON: We had a lot of mutual friends in LA. So we started to see each other.

ANDY: We started traveling together with a group of friends who traveled together. Really the way we became friends is he and I have been around the world and back together. We’ve really been around the world together.

ANDERSON: 10 years ago, we were together in Croatia the week before Hurricane Katrina. This gives you a sense of why Andy is no longer in news. Should I tell this story?

ANDY: Sure.

ANDERSON: So we were together on a boat and I get this call saying, “Look, there’s this massive hurricane coming — you need to come back.” That’s fine. Pretty much every vacation we’ve ever been on I’ve left early because of some story popping up.

ANDY: He always has to leave early and I hate it. And we were having the best time!


ANDERSON: So I get this call saying this huge hurricane is coming so I said, “I gotta go.” And Andy’s like, “It’s no big deal! Don’t go! They’re using you!”

ANDY: “This is bulls—! CNN is using you! This is going to be nothing! You’re leaving for a tropical storm?! This is ridiculous!”

ANDERSON: And I was like, “No, I think this is something.”

ANDY: The nice thing about this tour is that it’s been a nice opportunity for us to put a weekend in the books once a month and go spend a weekend together!

ANDERSON: That’s true. But he’s at the pool all the time.

EW: Andy, it seemed like the one moment you got flustered on WWHL was when Anderson actually revealed your preferred sexual position?

ANDY: Yes. My mom goes, “No one needs to know that you’re a top!”

EW: Were you thrown off your game?

ANDY: Yes! But that is the danger of us doing these things together in public.

ANDERSON: But then you tweet out a picture on top of a pyramid of gay guys on some gay beach somewhere.

ANDY: That was cute!



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5 comments:

Jaanza said...

@Unicorn's Bacon - Thanks for the info about the afternoon debate yesterday with the bottom 7 of the GOP candidates. I honestly did not know about this debate until today and the timing of it was made clear. In all of the news about the Top Ten GOP candidates and the cut-off point, I don't remember any news about there being an separate debate for the bottom 7.

On Friday's 360, the debate itself was not exactly the lead story. Trump was. Specifically, his comments in the past about women like Arianna Huffington. Bette Midler and women from 'The Apprentice'. In a clip from the debate, Trump said he won't be politically correct and some in the audience cheered. Anderson talked to Trump attorney Michael Cohen who said exactly what you'd expect. I liked the all-women panel of Gloria Borger, Katrina Pierson and Amanda Carpenter. They discussed the relevance of Trump's comments, Carly Florino, the female vote and the chances of the GOP - Trump in particular - of getting the female vote.

I didn't see the start of Anderson's interview with Carly Fiorino. What I did see had a lot of Trump in it, her take on Trump's comments.

Tom Foreman had a great report; he domonstrated with graphs and graphics how much time each candidate got (Trump had the most), the number of times names were said (Obama on top, Trump second), and the most-mentioned topics (America, security, women). I didn't stick around for the panel with Jeffrey Lord and Ari Fleisher. I simply do not need to listen to Fleisher.

Gary Tuchman had a report on body language during the debate. The body language expert said Trump won and Christie came in second.

The death of Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown got a segment. Randi Kaye had the report and the panel was Mark Geragos and Sunny Hostin.

The last minute of the show was a Bulletin. One of the blips was the life sentence for Aurora CO killer James Holmes. This had a full segment on Hayes' show. Jon Stewart's final 'Daily Show' also got a full segment. Another segment was the "Democratic Response" to the debate. Excellent points were made by the panelists including Gov. Kasich's defending Medicare expansion in his state and how overall it's just more Republicans making the same old Republican sound bites.

I skimmed through the Anderson/Andy Cohen article. Hurricane Katrina was brought up. Anybody know if there's going to be a special report from 360 or CNN about the 10-year anniversary of Katrina?

CWM84 said...

Oh and AC and Andy I kinda wish this was more of a back burner thing. Save it for a book. Hanging around Andy cohen just kinds of mess with AC's credibility. Its ok to be openly gay and be open about your partner but talking about someone's sex life or uh position crosses the line. That's not discusses that serious journalist should be discussing. Andy Cohen is a fame whore who has made a living creating nonsense t.v. and wild statements. I don't really have a favorable opinion on the guy but I know when AC was doing serious journalism and very passionate about his work he but his personal life, friendships on the back burner and didn't discuss them. I think the whole AC tour is ridiculous... ATA fans wish we could rewind to 2005-2011.

UNICORNS BACON said...

No problem. I think it was unfair to split up the candidates because those who debated at 5pm are already at the bottom of the polls and to then split them up doesn't give them any more publicity. There were a couple of GOP candidates who did not debate at prime time, that I was more interested in.

In general I thought the FOX news debate wasnt that great. They should've asked all the candidates the same questions, but instead they pitted two candidates against each other. I will be looking forward to how CNN hosts the Democratic Debate.

Anonymous said...

Sorry I think AC2 make great team. They know each other so well and play off of that. As for Anderson losing credibility as a journalist he lost that when he started to cater to the GOP. Also he isn't a real journalist he doesn't have a degree and as he said in the past his Poly SCI degree is useless. He just knows (knew) how to talk to people to get them to open up, but now he just plays to the Right wing base and has forgotten those who got him to where he is today.

Anonymous said...

IF BOBBI KRISTINA HAD BEEN PARENTED BY JOAN RIVERS, SHE'D BE ALIVE TODAY.
I KNOW THIS STATEMENT SOUNDS FAR FETCHED AND IT MIGHT BE, BUT JOAN HAD AN ONLY CHILD AS WELL, MELISSA.
AND SHE WAS BROUGHT UP VERY DIFFERENTLY, BUT BY A CELEBRITY AND SHE TOO WAS LEFT THE BULK OF JOAN'S
ESTATE.
YES, MELISSA IS TWENTY YEARS OLDER THAN BOBBI KRISTINA AND BOTH MOTHERS DIED UNDER DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT JOAN TAUGHT MELISSA HOW TO HANDLE HERSELF AS WELL AS HOW TO HANDLE MONEY.
AND LET'S NOT FORGET, MELISSA LOST HER FATHER AS A TEENAGER FROM SUICIDE...SOMETHING NO CHILD SHOULD HAVE TO FACE, ESPECIALLY AN ONLY CHILD.
SO FOR THOSE WHO SAY BUT BOBBI WAS FACED WITH SUCH UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCES, THINK AGAIN.
THE ONLY UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCE WAS THAT WHITNEY HOUSTON NEVER TAUGHT HER HOW TO GROW UP AND ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR HER OWN ACTIONS.
MELISSA HAD A WONDERFUL ROLE MODEL AND UNFORTUNATELY BOBBI JUST DIDN'T.