Friday, May 25, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 on Friday, May 25, 2018


The very capable Jim Scuitto was in the AC360 anchor chair in the 8pm and 9pm ET hours.


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15 Reasons To Love AC2: Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen
They have set a record together. They inspire the masses, whether we are looking at their personal lives or their professional endeavors.


BY BRI THOMAS – ON MAY 24TH IN POP CULTURE

Andy Cohen, the host of Watch What Happens Live, and Anderson Cooper, a CNN journalist, are both beloved celebrities, and together, they are even more magical; even more loved and even more popular. Since 2015, they have been touring together on AC²: An Intimate Evening With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen, full of deep talk and shallow tales.

Their fans already know that these two—together and separately—bring so much to the table, but for those who are not as familiar with their work (or for those who just can’t learn enough about the duo), I have gathered up 15 more reasons to love AC and AC! (Because what's not to love?)

They have set a record together. They inspire the masses, whether we are looking at their personal lives or their professional endeavors. They vacation together, and other super famous celebs are usually along for the ride. They are down-to-earth, despite the fact that they are so inspiring, they hang out with stars, and they have seen so much success in life. I could go on and on... And I did, down below. So continue reading to learn the details behind 15 facts that make us love Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen even more!

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THEY ARE DOWN-TO-EARTH HUMANS

With Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper, what we see is what we get. As the son of artist, author, actress, fashion designer, heiress, and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt, Cooper has always sort of been in the spotlight. His career has made him a well-known television personality, as he was a correspondent for ABC News, became an anchor on American Morning, and eventually got his own show on CNN. But despite growing up in the Vanderbilt family, reporting on major worldly issues and hanging out with celebrities like Madonna, he is actually an introvert.

On the other hand, Cohen is as wild and crazy in real life as he is on his Bravo show. He is obsessed with pop-culture, he is always looking to have a good time, and he apparently has bizarre celebrity encounters all the time.

Together, they balance each other out, like real-life friends do and should. When they are traveling together and doing their show together, they have real conversations about everything; from family and fights to politics and paparazzi — just like us “normal” people do! They just do so regularly in front of huge live audiences and sometimes while accompanied by big-time singers, actors, or real housewives.

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THEY GET TO TRY NEW THINGS TOGETHER ALL THE TIME

Both Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen have travelled the world—for work and play—and now, for their intimate live evenings around the country.

Last fall, when the two went to Houston for their event, they did an interview with the Houston Chronicle, and in it, both stated how much they truly love the city. Cohen was even the Celebrity Grand Marshal for the gay pride parade there in 2010. He also “took a lover in Houston” — a phrase that Cooper feared he would try to have printed on T-shirts for their show! Cohen went on to say that the intimate encounter he had in Houston was not insignificant and that he and this mystery person are still very much in touch.

Whether lovers are involved are not, the two enjoy trekking across the United States, meeting new people, going out into new cities—before and after—the shows and doing it all with each other. Cohen sometimes even goes a week early, just to really immerse himself into their new temporary homes. Cooper also mentioned that, of course, there would be no point in doing AC² at all if it were not fun for them and fun for the crowds they draw.

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THEY ARE A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

In 2015, it was announced that Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper would be teaming up and going on the road for this live and intimate show. The two had already been friends for years, and since they are proof that opposites attract, AC² was sure to be a hit from the beginning. Cohen even shared their early planning process with social media, saying that they were cracking themselves up; a foreshadowing of all the laughs that their audiences would experience while watching them in person.

Now, when I say that Cooper and Cohen are a match made in heaven, let me be clear: They are only friends and nothing more.

In fact, they were set up on a date years ago. They had a phone call before the date and right there—during that call—both of them could tell that they were not romantically meant to be. But that was fine! They still met, they became very good friends, and now, we get to see this friendship bloom and grow right before our very eyes; the two are always sharing photos of themselves together online, and their events are even further proof of how much they cherish one another. How cute!

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THEY KEEP UP WITH EACH OTHER'S WORLDS

Anderson Cooper reports on more serious issues; such as natural disasters and political campaigns. While Andy Cohen deals with more trivial matters, like which of the waitstaff at Pump restaurant are dating and which housewives will be returning to which cities.

However, they definitely keep up with each other’s worlds, and their live tour includes around a full half-hour of just questions and answers. People ask about everything from famous people they have met, to requests for them to give birthday shout outs, but most of the questions are for Cohen and are about The Real Housewives.

And if Cooper were a housewife, here are some possibilities for his infamous tagline: I’ve been rich, and I’ve been famous, and now, I’m both, bit—s! I might be the silver fox, but that doesn’t make me any less of a cougar. I don’t keep up with the Vanderbilts; I am the Vanderbilts. Climate change may be real but there’s no way to turn down the AC!

Similarly, if Cohen were to run for president, he would focus on peace, no discrimination, weed legalization, no racism, fair—but sensible—disbursement of firearms, and no war. Those were at least his answers when he was asked what he wished for the world. but he did say that Teresa Giudice would be his running mate.

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THEY SPILLED SOME SECRETS ON 'WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE'

Andy Cohen is a radio host, an author, and the Executive Producer of the Real Housewives franchise, but he is probably best known for his talk show on Bravo, Watch What Happens Live.

The show features guests such as Bravolebrities, actresses/actors,and musicians, as well as other stars (like Anderson Cooper!). Once when Cooper was on Cohen’s show, the two played "One, Two, AC!" to put their friendship to the test. How did it go? Well, Cooper thought that Cohen wears boxers, but he wears briefs. Cohen knew that Cooper was a fan of Narcos. And since Cooper is a catastrophist, Cohen’s answer of his pal’s biggest fear (going broke) was a likely answer.

Also, Cohen answered in a matter-of-fact way that Cooper would actually be the bigger freak in bed!

Since both Cohen and Cooper are in the spotlight, several of their secrets have been made known before — even at their AC² intimate evening. But nearly every guest on Watch What Happens Live has to spill some major secrets (since games like “Plead the Fifth” are played). Therefore, seeing these two friends being forced to answer some personal questions about each other was like a dream come true for fans.

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THEY WERE TWINS ON VACATION

Some people may think that Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen are just friends because they have to be; since they travel all over doing their show, that must be why they hang out, right? Well, it turns out that they hang out outside of work, too, and last summer they took a vacation together to Tahiti!

Cohen shared this picture of the duo, with a caption saying that he "caught a silver fox swimming by a deserted island." Cooper shared the photo, too, but does anyone notice anything interesting about it? Yes, it shows celebrities enjoying an island getaway. Yes, it features two friends who are talented, attractive, and too good to be true. However, Cooper and Cohen are wearing matching black rash guards! They are totally twinning. Is it a coincidence? Did they buy them there together because they both forgot to pack their own? Or are they just that cute and perfect? Whatever the reason, I love it. I love giving everyone else more reasons to love these two!

Oh, and while on that vacation, the friends ended up on a boat with Diane Von Furstenberg, Bradley Cooper, Irina Shayk, Allison Williams, and her husband, Ricky Van Veen. No big deal...


THEY WERE ON 'THE TONIGHT SHOW' TOGETHER

Last year, Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper had a joint appearance on the The Tonight Show, and of course, while on the show, host Jimmy Fallon asked about the time the two almost dated. As I mentioned, Cohen and Cooper were set up on a blind date, and they had a phone conversation before the date. That one call was all either of them needed to know that a serious relationship would not work. But why? What happened? How was it so awful of a call?

Well, Cohen—being the pop-culture-obsessed person he is—asked Cooper about his mother, the famous Gloria Vanderbilt. In Cooper’s eyes, asking such personal questions should come later in a relationship, and Cohen could tell he shut down when asked about her. He just got too excited about dating that Vanderbilt boy!

But, now he knows, and now, the duo has talked about anything and everything. Plus, they get paid to do so, as they tour the country together! And numerous fans have paid to see them live, have watched them on their own shows, and now have watched them talk some more with Jimmy Fallon on late-night television show (because no one can get enough of them!).


THEY ARE BUSINESS SAVVY

Andy Cohen spent 10 years at CBS News, then was the head of development at Bravo for more than 10 years. His autobiographical memoir, Most Talkative, became a New York Times Best Seller. He has hosted numerous events (such as Miss USA 2011 and Miss Universe 2012). He played Zeus in Lady Gaga's music video for "G.U.Y." He has a radio show on SiriusXM. He is the host for the revival of Love Connection. He has appeared as himself on shows such as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and even Riverdale.

Anderson Cooper worked at the small news agency Channel One, became a correspondent for ABC News and became CNN's weekend prime-time anchor. He now has his own show and has covered events such as the tsunami damage in Sri Lanka, the death of Pope John Paul II, and the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. He also narrated the 2011 Broadway revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and published a memoir, Dispatches from the Edge, which became a New York Times Best Seller.

Plus, they take time to travel together, for fun and for work, as I mentioned, and both just lead super inspiring lives!


THEY ARE IDOLS IN THE GAY COMMUNITY

From the years 2012 to 2016, Out Magazine listed Andy Cohen as one of the Most Powerful Gay People, and he is the first openly gay host of an American late-night talk show.

Anderson Cooper is also openly gay, and according to The New York Times, he is the most prominent openly gay journalist on American television. As we know, he is a very private person, but in 2012, he allowed an email to be published that said he had been thinking about how private he was and that perhaps by staying quiet, he looked as if he were trying to hide something. He did not want people to think he was uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid, though, because he is gay—"always have been, always will be"—and he said he could not be any more happy, comfortable or proud.

Both men regularly talk about being gay — just like they both talk about many different aspects within their lives, since they are on national television and are currently touring on a show that is all about personal matters.

And just as their professional choices have inspired many, their personal lives, too, are inspiring. Apple CEO Tim Cook even turned to Cooper for advice before coming out as gay, and I'm sure they have both helped numerous others with this decision.


THEIR CO-HOSTING SET A RECORD FOR CNN.

This year, Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live. The special resulted in 1.7 million total viewers in prime time, which is a record! There were also "+29 percent in total viewers and +39 percent growth" in the demo versus the previous year’s record-setting broadcast.

Despite the high numbers, many called this new duo co-hosting on this beloved holiday a flop. People who were not fans of the broadcast flocked to Twitter to share their disappointment. As Cohen was scrolling through all the negative comments, Cooper told him to stop and to just ignore it all. This advice—combined with the same advice from his mother—caused Cohen to recalibrate and to redefine his relationship with social media, since so much negativity exists out there.

As I mentioned, Cooper is a catastrophist, so he sort of has to be super tough and able to deal with anything that does and could happen. In Cohen’s words, he is “unflappable,” as his career has put him in some crazy situations. And while dealing with bickering housewives and upset social media fans may be a different sort of crazy than reporting live from a war zone, Cohen is still learning from his friend, as the two continue to persevere, remaining cool and confident, no matter their situations.


THEY LOVE FOOD

When traveling, Andy Cohen must have chicken backstage. Now, when he is traveling with Anderson Cooper for their show, they usually go out to eat. So Cohen may not even need or eat the chicken. But he stills wants it there. And he can have whatever he would like, right?

Cooper also commented once about his eating habits onstage; Cohen just started eating jelly beans during one of their live evening shows, which Cooper thought was kind of odd and maybe even rude. But, once again, if Cohen wants candy, he can have and eat candy!

When it comes to Cooper’s eating habits, he eats the same food day after day. Recently, he was apparently only eating scrambled eggs. And he didn’t put anything on them. And he ate them for every meal of the day. Before that, it was baked potatoes and then oatmeal raisin bars and then veggie burgers - one food for three meals for months at a time. Many may find the idea of eating the same thing over and over gross or boring, but...Cooper, too, can have and can eat whatever he wants, just like his pal Cohen can have chicken and eat jelly beans!


THEY ARE BOTH GEMINIS

Anderson Cooper was born on June 3, 1967. Andy Cohen was born on June 2, 1968. That means that both of these television personalities are Geminis. According to the zodiac, Geminis are social butterflies. They love interacting with people and need lots of intellectual stimulation. Yes, those that are born between May 21st and June 20th. And like Cohen and Cooper, like to say “I think” (the Gemini motto), and the symbol for this sign is The Twins.

Cooper and Cohen are certainly social and are certainly involved with tons of people; from Hollywood starlets to presidents. They obviously both say “I think” a lot, and these thoughts have led to amazing career opportunities; like new works such as books and TV shows and AC². (They had to think up the idea to make this social event happen!) And the fact that their zodiac symbol is The Twins... These two are like twins, since they are so similar since they sometimes dress alike, are both silver foxes, and they can often be found together! Plus, just think of all the joint birthday parties that probably take place each year with all their famous friends... I am definitely a bit jealous.


THEY ARE BOTH FAMOUS AND HAVE FAMOUS FRIENDS

Speaking of all of these famous friends who can all be seen together... Within Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper’s lines of work, they have both met their fair share of celebs.

They are, after all, celebrities themselves.

And even though they interview people like Stormy Daniels and Melania Trump (Cooper) and Jimmy Buffet, Martha Stewart, Jerry O’Connell and Rashida Jones (Cohen), they are actual friends with some even bigger names.

As we have learned (or as huge and true fans have reread), Cooper is more of a private person, but when he is out and about, it is not uncommon for Cohen to be around. And Cohen’s friend list is also as famous and as envious as Taylor Swift’s. (Who am I kidding, I would much rather hang out with Cohen and his clan!) Sarah Jessica Parker, Kelly Ripa, Jerry Seinfeld, and Jimmy Fallon are just a few of the stars that can be seen with these stars.

So, there are numerous reasons to love AC and AC, as we all know and have learned, but our pop culture-loving world especially loves famous people, and we just cannot get enough when these people hang out in real life...like these guys all do!


THEY ARE HOT

We are nearing the end of this list, so let us recap: Andy Cohen, the host of Watch What Happens Live, and Anderson Cooper, a CNN journalist, are both beloved celebrities. For a few years now, they have been touring together on AC²: An Intimate Evening With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen, full of deep talk and shallow tales. They were friends long before this show started, but now, people are able to see them up close and personal — which means we get to admire their looks.

I may sound shallow, but this is definitely another reason to love them even more. Yes, they are talented journalists who report on matters such as politics and pop-culture. Yes, they have written books and spoken out about important topics. Yes, they are famous and have famous friends. And yes, whether we are talking about just Cohen or just Cooper or AC², we will have a list of accomplishments and fun facts and amazing details. But look at them! On top of all of that, they are both insanely gorgeous! Those smiles...those bodies...those perfectly chiseled faces...those stylish outfits...I love it all and think everyone else should as well.


THEY ARE BFFS

Most people have heard of Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen, and their fans know that they tour together and that they have been friends for some time now, and to us, that is the best part about all of this. The 14 previous details within this article go on and on about other aspects of their lives, but it all boils down to one thing: They are real humans with a real friendship. They grab late-night snacks together. They watch different forms of entertainment together. They plan things together. They go on trips together. They attend events together, along with their other famous friends.

They are just like us! And sure, our forms of entertainment may not include front-row seats to fashion shows, and our planning processes may not include getting ready for sold-out performances, but we have friends, and we are familiar with all of these experiences.

And the fact that AC and AC go through all of them together is just too adorable!

Separately, they are amazing, but together, they really are too good to be true. And if they need one more member within their friend group...Well, my contact details can be found via my byline above!


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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday, May 24, 2018


Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 in the 8pm and 9pmET hours from the NYC studio.


Anderson posted the following to his IG account today:



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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 in the 8pmET hour from the NYC studio.  A CNN Special Town Hall anchored by Chris Cuomo filled the 9pmET hour.



The Late Show with Stephen Colbert had a fun opening on Tuesday night that featured a young Anderson from his days as host of The Mole.  ~


Note:  We have opened a post of Anderson coverage of the Royal Wedding.  We will be adding video over the next few days.  Please click here.  (And thank you for your patience.)


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 from the NYC studio in the 8pm and 9pmET hours.



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Monday, May 21, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday, May 21, 2018


Anderson Cooper, back from covering the Royal Wedding, anchored AC360 in the 8pm and 9pmET hours from the Washington, DC Bureau.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Spotted Pig: Anderson Cooper Reports for 60 Minutes on May 20, 2018


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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Anderson Cooper Covers The Royal Wedding from Windsor on Saturday, May 19, 2018


Anderson Cooper anchored the Royal Wedding coverage from Windsor from 4AM to 11AM ET.

Here are a few highlights of his coverage ~

The first being Prince Harry waving to Anderson:




POST WEDDING CEREMONY ~

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 on Friday, May 18, 2018


Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 in the 8pm and 9pmET hours from a studio in England.  With the shooting at a TX high school this morning CNN's constant coverage didn't leave even a minute of coverage of the countdown to the Royal Wedding, the reason for which Anderson is in England.  Our hearts go out to the people effected by the shooting but CNN should be able to cover more than one story in a two hour time slot.  Just saying....


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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday, May 17, 2018


With Anderson traveling to England for CNN's coverage of the Royal Wedding, the very capable John Berman was in the AC360 anchor chair in the 8pm and 9pmET hours.   Anderson is scheduled to anchor AC360 from Windsor tomorrow (Friday) night.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 in the 8pm and 9pmET hours from the NYC studio.  At the end of the program he promoted CNN's coverage of the Royal Wedding.  He will anchor AC360 from Windsor on Friday night and then be part of CNN's team for Royal Wedding coverage Saturday beginning at 4amET.


Anderson was at the Turner Upfront today.  We are sorting through articles and waiting for some professional photos to be posted.  We will try to have more for tomorrow night's post.


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 in the 8pm and 9pmET hours.  He was back in the NYC studio tonight.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday, May 14, 2018


Anderson Cooper was back in the AC360 anchor chair, but not the NYC studio, in the 8pm and 9pmET hours.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Is Shock Therapy Making A Comeback: Anderson Cooper for 60 Minutes


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Anderson Cooper's Report:


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Friday, May 11, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 on Friday, May 11, 2018


Where in the world is Anderson Cooper?   The very capable John Berman was in the AC360 anchor chair in the 8pmET hour.  John also anchored the first 20 minutes of the 9pmET hour before a special investigation report on Scott Pruitt aired. 

The last segment of the 8pmET hour was a portion of Anderson's interview with Anthony Bourdain ~


Anderson is schedule to be at the Turner Up Fronts in NYC on Wednesday and in Windsor, England for Royal Wedding coverage beginning next Friday.


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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday, May 10, 2018


The very capable John Berman was in the AC360 anchor chair for the M.I.A. Anderson Cooper.



60 Minutes released a preview of Anderson's upcoming segment ~



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Is shock therapy making a comeback? 
For people with treatment-resistant depression, a controversial therapy gains ground and leads to innovation; 60 Minutes reports, Sunday at 7 p.m. ET/PT a

A great film has given a bad name to what many consider a good medical treatment. ECT, electroconvulsive therapy – or "shock treatment" – was portrayed in 1976's best picture-winning film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" as a jarring, painful experience. But it's not done that way anymore. Today, doctors consider ECT the most effective treatment for depression when drugs don't work, which is the case 35 percent of the time. Anderson Cooper examines the treatment and a newer, gentler, experimental version of it on the next edition of 60 Minutes Sunday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m., ET/PT on CBS.

Dr. Charlie Welch, of McLean Psychiatric Hospital outside Boston, believes ECT could be helping more of America's estimated 5 million people suffering from treatment-resistant depression. Just about 1 percent of those who might benefit from it have tried it. "Clearly, 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' gave ECT a bad name because that's not how it actually is done," he says. "What's different first of all is that it's done under general anesthesia with a muscle relaxant. So when the treatment is done, the patient is sound asleep and completely relaxed."

Kitty Dukakis, wife of former Massachusetts governor and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, took numerous medications over 17 years before finally seeing Dr. Welch. "One would think that somehow, sometime earlier than 17 years somebody would have said, 'Hey, go see Doctor Welch,'" Dukakis tells Cooper. She allowed 60 Minutes cameras to tape her before, during and after one of the periodic ECT treatments that husband Michael credits with saving her life. She thinks others may be afraid to try it. "I'm convinced that-- that if I can be that public, that it will help others."

One drawback of the treatment is it can cause memory loss, mostly short-term, but in rare cases, permanent. Dr. Sarah Lisanby has been trying for decades to solve that problem and has come up with a promising experimental treatment using magnets called Magnetic Seizure Therapy. MST is similar to ECT, causing the brain to have a seizure, but the magnets are a more gentle way that can target just the parts of the brain associated with depression. A 2015 study comparing MST to ECT observed that MST patients did not experience the same memory loss ECT patients had.

Doctors are comparing the two treatments in the first large coordinated trial by the National Institute of Mental Health. It will span five years and involve more than 250 patients.

Says Dr. Lisanby, "For some people, ECT may still be needed. But if Magnetic Seizure Therapy could be effective without the memory loss who wouldn't want to try that first?"

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday, May 9, 2018


The very capable John Berman was in the AC360 anchor chair for the MIA Anderson Cooper in the 8pm and 9pmET hours.


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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday, May 8, 2018


Anderson Cooper was back in the AC360 anchor chair in the 8pm and 9pmET hours from the NYC studio.

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Monday, May 07, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 on Monday, May 7, 2018


The very capable John Berman was in the AC360 anchor chair in the 8pm and 9pmET hours.  The MIA Anderson Cooper interviewed Jake Tapper last week about his new book ~





The following interview was on Hornet.com today ~

CELEBRITIES
The Anderson Cooper Interview: On Journalism, Stormy Daniels and Touring With BFF Andy Cohen 
Written by Michael Cook on May 7, 2018

Changing the game does not begin to describe what Anderson Cooper has accomplished during his storied career. From telling the real news on Anderson Cooper 360 to interviewing some of the most important newsmakers of today’s world, Cooper has broken the mold in terms of what so many think “a reporter” should be.

Now, as he heads to the next stop on his AC2 tour with talk show host and friend Andy Cohen, Hornet caught up with the famed newscaster. In our Andersoon Cooper interview we discuss journalism today, his televised sit-down with Stormy Daniels and his legendary mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.

You’re currently on tour with Andy Cohen with your “AC2 — Deep Talk And Shallow Tales” tour. You and Andy Cohen are almost like a modern-day “Rowan and Martin” in some way. Why do you think it still works after all this time?

Oh yeah, I’ll take that, absolutely! You know, I think it works because we are truly genuine friends and we have really good chemistry. We are very different people, and in many ways we could not be more different. For example, Andy is extremely extroverted, while I am very introverted.

We both work regularly in live television, but in very different aspects of television — as much as Andy feels totally qualified to modify our political debates, because he feels that politics have become like a reality show! I just think there is a definite, unique chemistry between us.

Andy has said that he absolutely loves being a celebrity, while you’re notoriously private. Are there ever any cringeworthy moments when he may say something you’re not 100% comfortable with?

Listen, Andy is a shit-stirrer and always loves to stir the pot. That goes for us onstage or at a dinner table hanging around with friends. He always ‘goes there’ on Watch What Happens Live, and I can tell you, he goes there in real life as well. I know with him it comes from a good place, so I am happy to go wherever he pushes me.

Your New Year’s Eve Telecast on CNN got huge ratings and was a monumental cultural moment, with two out men hosting a New Year’s Eve celebration on a major network. You had to corral Andy several times, if I remember correctly.

Laughs] You know what it was, I think he was shocked at how absolutely cold it was! He was a little frozen and just bowled over by just how cold it actually was.

Was it hard for you to see people online tear into the telecast so viciously after you guys had such a successful night?

It doesn’t really matter to me. I enjoyed it, I had fun and I enjoy working with Andy. I enjoyed working with Kathy [Griffin] over the years as well. I hope to do it again.

You famously had a falling out with Kathy Griffin last year. She’s been very vocal about her issues with you and has spoken about them to a number of outlets. Is it hard as a serious journalist who has covered monumental news stories and who has hosted presidential debates to now become the actual story?

If you are on television in this day and age, people are interested in knowing every little thing about you. It’s obviously something I am used to now, but it’s definitely not something I particularly enjoy.

Actually, to hear someone that is on television complaining about being recognized or people being interested in them always strikes me as wildly inappropriate. I am sort of playing the world’s smallest violin, you know? It’s part of the job, and it definitely comes with the territory.

Your romantic relationship changed recently, and in work you talk to many people about their own relationships. Does that ever encourage you to be more open about your own romantic entanglements, knowing you’re asking people to be open about their personal lives?

Not really, no. I ask people questions, and people choose whether or not to answer them. I am not one to force people to answer questions. It’s my job to ask those questions, but I do definitely get why people would want to ask those questions of me as well.

Your interview with Stormy Daniels was captivating. Is there anything we didn’t see or anything you didn’t ask her that in hindsight you wish you had?

You know, we had a really long interview. Obviously for 60 Minutes we boiled it down to, I think, two 12-minute pieces. She gave me no limitations at all on the interview, and I was able to ask everything that I wanted to ask her. I think she was very forthright when she answered me.

With the press completely under siege right now, any advice for journalists?

Well, for one, I think as a journalist and in terms of interviewing, the most important thing to do is to listen to the person you are interviewing. Don’t worry too much about the questions you’ve prepared in advance, but let it be a real conversation. Listen to what the person you are interviewing is saying. It can be so easy to just focus on your own questions and not listen too much to what the other person is saying.

Usually what the person is saying takes the conversation in a direction that is so much more interesting than the one you may have anticipated. Journalism is under siege right now. It is important now — and always has been — to be accurate, to be fair and to just keep your head down and do your job.

Do you think it will be possible for the press to have its reputation and respect restored under a new administration?

You know, I don’t know. It is impossible to really predict it. While journalism is under siege, more people really see the need for accurate reporting than have in a long time. I cannot tell you how many people come up to me now every day and say, “I believe in what you are doing, keep going.” They are not saying that to me in particular. They’re saying it to me as a representative of CNN or of journalism in general.

You’re touring the country with Andy Cohen and interviewing world leaders and covering global events, but there has to be something about you we don’t know. I mean, are you a huge Cardi B fan or something?

Laughs] I used to be really big on reality shows, but now I am really big on dramas. I am a big Netflix binger. I have gone through pretty much every binge-worthy program out there, and I have moved onto really obscure European series. I cannot tell you how many weird Norwegian noir thrillers I have watched.

That and I am a really weird eater. I have the palate of a 5-year-old, and I order off the kids menu. It’s definitely a little weird in hotel rooms. Spaghetti bolognese, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches — yeah, totally. I also order the same food every day. I like the consistency of that, because it’s one less decision I have to make.

Your documentary Nothing Left Unsaid and book The Rainbow Comes and Goes with your mother Gloria Vanderbilt was wonderful. What is one invaluable lesson you take from your mother that you’re able to use on a daily basis?

Um … wear vertical stripes, because they are slimming? [Laughs] I don’t know, in doing the film and writing the book with my mother I realized how similar we really are. Growing up, I don’t think I realized it. I didn’t realize we both have this similar drive and determination which oftentimes leads to a real lack of contentment. I always actually wondered where that came from in me as well; I now realize that a lot of it is certainly from watching my mother. I don’t know if it’s genetic, but I have this relentless drive to push forward.

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Sunday, May 06, 2018

Into the wild with Thomas D. Mangelsen: Anderson Cooper For 60 Minutes


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Into The Wild ~



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Friday, May 04, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 on Friday, May 4, 2018 From Washington, DC


Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 in the 8pm and 9pmET hours from CNN's Washington DC Bureau.  He was sporting his good black suit and tie on this Friday night.



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Into the wild with Thomas D. Mangelsen 
Anderson Cooper profiles the renowned wildlife photographer; Sunday at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CBS

60 Minutes will showcase the extraordinary wildlife images of Thomas D. Mangelsen, one the world's foremost nature photographers, on Sunday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Anderson Cooper interviews Mangelsen about his work and accompanies him on a wildlife shoot in Wyoming for this profile, in which Jane Goodall, his friend and collaborator, also appears.

Some of the animals he photographs, such as mountain gorillas, black rhinos and jaguars, are threatened with extinction. He and Goodall help to raise awareness for their scarcity and raise money to save them.

Mangelsen's name is not a household word, but he is credited with producing some of the world's most recognizable wildlife photos – all shot in the animals' natural habitat. One, that captures the nanosecond before the jaws of a brown bear clamp down on a leaping salmon, is one of the most famous ever taken. It's what it's all about to Mangelsen. "This is the magic. This is the moment. This is the decisive moment, and this little tiny space right here I think is so important."

It may be one of his best, but it's not the one that took the longest to get. The photo he took of a mother cougar leaving her den took 42 12-hour days of waiting he recalls. He says if you calculated all the time he spent trying to get the right shot over his decades-long career, it would be "stupid." Nonetheless, "You wait long enough, it does pay off," he tells Cooper.



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Thursday, May 03, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday, May 3, 2018


Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 in the 8pm and 9pmET hours from the NYC studio. 

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 from the NYC studio in the 8pm and 9pmET hours.  Another two hours of Trump.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday, May 1, 2018


Anderson Cooper anchored AC360 in the 8pm and 9pmET hours from the NYC studio.   It was another two hours of one Trump topic hammered to death complete with a large panel of too many pundits.   Perhaps Michelle Wolf was right and CNN really did break the news?!


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