Entries in CNN (8)


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.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


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.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


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.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


The Onion News Network Debuts on TV

Photo Courtesy - WireImage/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Watch out CNN, there's a new cable news show in town.

Well, almost.

Tune in Friday night to the Independent Film Channel for the TV debut of the Onion News Network. Complete with flashy graphics and a high-def touchscreen "Recon Wall," it has all the trappings of a cable news show but without any of the facts. It's the first-ever fake news network, which began as an online video series in 2007.

The anchors are not comedians, they're not riffing on the day's headlines and they're not after a fair and balanced reputation.

The ONN makes up its news; it aims to poke fun and imitate cable news coverage.

The show debuts Friday at 10 p.m. ET on IFC.

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CNN's 'Piers Morgan Tonight' Premieres with Guest Oprah Winfrey

Photo Courtesy - CNN/Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Piers Morgan's new CNN primetime talk show, Piers Morgan Tonight, premiered Monday night. As already publicized, his first guest was Oprah Winfrey, with whom he discussed her recent trip to Australia with fans who attended the season premiere of her talk show. Though John Travolta, a goodwill ambassador for Qantas Airways and a commercial-rated pilot, appeared on the season premiere, Oprah clarified that he did not fly the Qantas plane that took the audience members to Australia.

Morgan also asked Winfrey how many people she trusts in her life. She said there are five, but declined to name them.  Morgan correctly guessed that two of those people are her best friend, Gayle King, and her longtime partner, Stedman Graham.

Morgan's guests for the rest of the week include George Clooney and Ricky Gervais. Piers Morgan Tonight is CNN's replacement for Larry King Live, which ended last month.

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Larry King Closes Curtain on 'Larry King Live'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- Thursday night, on the final episode of Larry King Live, veteran newsman Larry King, 77, welcomed a slew of guests, including Bill Maher, Ryan Seacrest, Donald Trump, Regis Philbin, Dr. Phil McGraw, Suze Orman and Tony Bennett.

Ryan Seacrest gave King his first two surprises of the night by introducing California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who proclaimed Thursday "Larry King Day," followed by President Barack Obama, who congratulated King on opening America's eyes beyond their living rooms.

Comedian Fred Armisen dressed as King to "grill" the host, and was followed by news anchors Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, Brian Williams and Diane Sawyer, who presented King with goodbye suspenders.

Former President Bill Clinton -- who has been a guest on Larry King Live 28 times -- appeared live from Little Rock, Ark. to wish King a fond farewell.

King noted that although he was leaving his nightly CNN show, he would continue to do specials for CNN and other projects on radio and television.

"You're not going to see me go away," said a teary-eyed King during his final address. "Instead of goodbye, how about so long."

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Documentary on John Lennon's Murder to Air on CNN

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On Dec. 4, almost 30 years to the day after John Lennon's murder in New York City, CNN will air a documentary on the singer's death.

Lennon was shot four times in front of the Dakota, the Manhattan apartment building in which he lived, by Mark David Chapman on Dec. 8, 1980.

The documentary will be hosted by CNN anchor John Roberts and will feature interviews with Yoko Ono and Lennon's son, Julian.  Also seen in the documentary are never before heard clips of an interview with Chapman, as well as interviews with some of his childhood friends.

Losing Lennon -- Countdown to Murder will air at 8:00 p.m. EST.  The documentary will also air on CNN International in December.

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Rick Sanchez: Jon Stewart 'Classiest Guy,' 'I Screwed Up'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Rick Sanchez blames fatigue for last week’s rant in which he called Comedy Central host Jon Stewart a “bigot” and implied that his CNN bosses were part of a Jewish clique that controls the media.

“I was tired. I had been working 14-hour days for like two-and-a-half months,” Sanchez told ABC News on Friday, a week after he was fired for his remarks. “I was doing three shows. I was exhausted.”

“I was feeling a little bit put out. And I was feeling a little sensitive. And I was looking at the landscape and I was looking and I was seeing [little diversity] and I externalized the problem and I put it on Jon Stewart’s shoulders and I was wrong to do that,” Sanchez said of his comments.

The former anchor says he called Stewart on Monday to apologize.

“I learned later that he is the classiest guy in the world when I called him, and I’m the one who needs to be in trouble,” Sanchez added.

“CNN didn’t screw up. Rick Sanchez screwed up,” he said.

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