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Anderson Cooper Gives Snooki a Sweet Baby Gift; Snooki & Son Leave Hospital

Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi gave birth to her son Lorenzo Dominic on Sunday and at least one celebrity friend has found time in his busy schedule to send a gift.  CNN news anchor and talk show host Anderson Cooper sent Snooki two dozen cannolis from Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, N.J., which is the bakery featured on TLC’s reality show Cake Boss, according to Yahoo!

Snooki tweeted about the gift saying, “@andersoncooper THANK U so much, just got ur gift! We love you Mr. Anderstand !”

Snooki and Son of Snooki were released from a New Jersey hospital Tuesday. reports Snooki left the hospital in a wheelchair with baby Lorenzo in her arms and platform wedges on her feet.  An MTV camera crew was there to document the moment.

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Anderson Cooper Reveals He’s Gay

Gregg DeGuire/PictureGroup(NEW YORK) -- After years of declining to discuss his sexuality, CNN’s Anderson Cooper has revealed that he’s gay.

The 45-year-old CNN anchor came out in an email to the Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan that was published on Sullivan’s blog this morning. Cooper was responding to an Entertainment Weekly article about how gay public figures are increasingly coming out in more restrained ways than in the past.

“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud,” Cooper writes.

Cooper explains that he kept his sexuality private “for professional reasons” but had “begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle.” Instances of gay bullying made him “believe there is value in making clear where I stand.”

While Cooper doesn’t go into the specifics about romantic relationships, he writes, “I am also blessed far beyond having a great career. I love, and I am loved.”

He concludes his email, “I still consider myself a reserved person and I hope this doesn’t mean an end to a small amount of personal space. But I do think visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter’s shield of privacy.”

In 2007, Out magazine famously featured Cooper’s face on the cover of its “Glass Closet” issue. (Subtitle: “Why the Stars Won’t Come Out and Play.”) In 2005, he defended his decision not to discuss his private life, telling New York Magazine, “I understand why people might be interested. But I just don’t talk about my personal life.”

Cooper anchors CNN’s primetime news show Anderson Cooper 360°. He also hosts a daytime talk show, Anderson.

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Anderson Cooper Distraught over Teen's Accident while Filming Show

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Anderson Cooper’s new daytime show has become involved in a serious medical situation.

A teenage boy is reportedly in a coma after a skateboarding accident which, according to, was being filmed at the request of the show’s producers.

The unidentified boy was reportedly asked to film himself doing the "crazy stuff" that youngsters do for a segment on the “teenage mind."  He fell and suffered a severe head injury.

Cooper was reported to be “distraught” at the news and issued the following statement via a spokesperson: "I was very saddened to hear the news of this accident, and want to express my deepest concerns for the teenager who was injured.  I take this situation very seriously, and my thoughts and prayers for his health, well-being and recovery are with him and his family."

In an earlier statement from the show, producers would not confirm that any responsibility for the accident lay with them, stating they did not supply a camera, but that asking for video and photographs was part of their routine production process.

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Amy Winehouse's Family to Appear on 'Anderson' Premiere

Simone Joyner/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Though her father Mitch Winehouse has spoken publicly many times since her death, Amy Winehouse's family, including her dad, will sit down with Anderson Cooper for their first interview since Winehouse's passing, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The interview will air on the premiere of Cooper's new syndicated talk show, Anderson, on Sept. 12.  Joining Mitch Winehouse will be Amy's mother, Janice, as well as her brother Alex and her boyfriend Reg Traviss.

Amy Winehouse died in her London apartment on July 23 of as yet unknown causes.  She was 27.

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Anderson Cooper's Gigglefest Goes Viral

Jordan Strauss/WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- CNN's biggest star is suddenly a viral sensation and it IS a laughing matter.

Anderson Cooper, host of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, developed a serious case of the giggles on live television Wednesday night while he was delivering a segment called "The Ridiculist."

The topic of Wednesday night's "Ridiculist?" French actor Gerard Depardieu, who made news earlier in the day for urinating in the middle of a grounded Air France airplane after he was denied access to the loo.


"All I can say, they should thank their lucky stars it wasn't Depar-two," Cooper joked.

And that's when the CNN host lost control: "You always see this sort of thing on YouTube and you don't think it could actually happen to you."

But indeed, the video went viral, lighting up Facebook and garnering thousands of responses -- and laughs -- from Twitter users.

"Watching Anderson Cooper lose it while reporting on Gerard Depardieu is the funniest piece I've ever seen," one person wrote on Twitter.

"Just had a giggle fit while watching @andersoncooper having a giggle fit on live TV!" another said.

A third person wrote, "i love @andersoncooper and his adorable laugh."

Cooper took to his own Twitter page Thursday afternoon to react to all the attention.

"It's a goofy laugh, but I'm stuck with it," the AC360 host wrote.

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Anderson Cooper to Show Off Personality on New Talk Show

Jordan Strauss/WireImage/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Anderson Cooper says viewers will see a new side of him when he launches his syndicated daytime talk show this fall. Speaking with reporters in Beverly Hills this week to promote his new show, titled Anderson, the CNN newsman said it will be partly about "learning about viewers more, and viewers learning about me more. And where that goes, I don't really know."

Cooper says his show will delve into topics ranging from pop culture to "provocative" social issues. Oprah Winfrey's talk show was similarly diverse, and though Cooper will fill her old time slot in many markets, he says he's not trying to replace her. He says he admires the work of Oprah as well as other daytime personalities such as Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa and Ellen DeGeneres.

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CNN Cancels Eliot Spitzer's 'In the Arena'

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A prostitution scandal brought down former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's political career, and now low ratings have torpedoed his television gig.

CNN has announced that Spitzer's show In the Arena has been given the axe. The series, rebuilt from his first CNN show, Parker Spitzer, will be replaced in the 8 p.m. timeslot by Anderson Cooper's AC 360 starting Aug. 8.

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CNN Anchor Joins Group of Stars Sticking Up for Gay Teens

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Anderson Cooper's jumping into the fight to stop teen bullying, and he's found a foe in Vince Vaughn.

The CNN anchor visited The Ellen Degeneres Show this week to condemn teen bullying.  A particular point of contention:  Vaughn's upcoming movie The Dilemma, in which his character proclaims, "Ladies and gentleman, electric cars are gay."  A trailer for "The Dilemma" featuring that line is currently playing in theaters.

"There was a preview of a movie, and in it, the actor said, 'That's so gay,' and I was shocked that not only that they put it in the movie, but that they put that in the preview," Cooper said.  "They thought that it was OK to put that in a preview for the movie to get people to go and see it."

"I just find those words, those terms, we've got to do something to make those words unacceptable cause those words are hurting kids," Cooper continued.  "Someone else I talked to recently said that the words people use and the things people say about other kids online, it enters into their internal dialogue.   And when you're a kid, it can change the way you see yourself and the way you think about yourself, and the worth that you give to yourself.   I think we need to really focus on what language we're using and how we're treating these kids."

Universal, the studio putting out "The Dilemma," heard Cooper loud and clear.  Today, Universal confirmed to GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) that they will remove the "gay" scene from the movie's trailer.

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