Anderson Cooper Isn’t Worried ‘Anderson’ Will Affect AC 360 or 60 Minutes Reputation


We should start a Daytime Confidential pool betting how long it will take for The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s NeNe Leakes to appear on Anderson Cooper’s new talk show Anderson, after it premieres this fall. 

In a report from Promax BDA, Ad Week addresses Cooper’s discussion with The Early Show’s Erica Hill about whether-or-not interviewing such reality stars during the daytime would undermine him at Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN or as a contributor to 60 Minutes on CBS.

Cooper, unsurprisingly, thinks that his reportorial reputation will remain untouched no matter how many reality stars he interviews during the day. “You can be very serious and very passionate about [serious news] and still like [Real Housewives of Atlanta star] NeNe Leakes,” he said. “People know that you can juggle different things.”

I don’t understand why this is even a topic for discussion at such a conference. Barbara Walters routinely makes a fool of herself on The View interviewing reality stars, but no one questions when she interviews a president for 20/20 or a primetime special. Katie Couric did her fair share of fluff interviews on The Today Show, but received widespread acclaim for journalistic work at CBS afterwards.  Now, she's getting her own talk show. Speaking of Today, just the other day Matt Lauer was riding around on Jim Carrey’s back like a cowboy, but he also does tough question interviews.  Why would Anderson Cooper have a problem keeping his journalistic cred for interviewing reality stars?

Anderson premieres September 12.

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6 Responses

  1. Avatar of Carol2
    Carol2

    What reputation? He’s done some serious news pieces but he’s not exactly Walter Cronkite. Otherwise he wouldn’t be giggling with Kathy Griffin on the New Year’s specials.

  2. Avatar of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    I’ve got my name in for one of his tapings in August! I hope he stays away from reality crap, but I guess he won’t. Unfortunately, judging from his appearances filling in for Regis, he seems to enjoy some of the crappier reality shows. Oh well…the more I fast-forward, the more I can watch of whatever other show is on my DVR…

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    miztee246

    I will check out Coop’s show, but I guarantee you that it will not be the show where NeNe is a guest. Now that she has made some money as one of the trashiest of “reality stars” — could she at least do something about that nasal voice? I know she is what she is — but I cannot stand to listen to her. Those Apprentice commercials were all I needed to hear and they hurt my ears.

  4. Avatar of ckg927
    ckg927

    [quote=TV Gord]I’ve got my name in for one of his tapings in August! I hope he stays away from reality crap, but I guess he won’t. Unfortunately, judging from his appearances filling in for Regis, he seems to enjoy some of the crappier reality shows. Oh well…the more I fast-forward, the more I can watch of whatever other show is on my DVR…[/quote]

    Anderson CAME from “reality TV”! Does The Mole ring a bell? (BTW, I saw the seasons when he was on…and he rocked.)

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