Anderson Cooper RIPS Star Jones’ Suggestion He Came Out as a “Ratings Ploy”!

Don't look for Anderson Cooper and Star Jones to go on a BFF vacation anytime soon.  The CNN anchor and daytime talk show host is steaming over remarks Jones made about his decison to come out as a gay man. During an appearance on a "Today's Professionals" segment Jones wondered if Cooper came out to boost ratings for Anderson. Jones remarked at the time:

I've been in daytime television for a long time. He's a daytime talk show host and when the ratings slip in daytime, the hosts tend to tell you lots of things about them. I remember Oprah said she smoked crack. Oprah said she was pregnant at 14 and considered suicide. There were times that you generate information for ratings.

Ok then…

Right after her statement Jones sarcastically remarked:

Whoa, I'm sorry I said that. But I say bravo! Bravo for him!

Fast forward to today, when Cooper had Bravo's Andy Cohen  as a guest on Anderson. The Real Housewives wrangler asked the Silver Fox how he felt now that he was out. Cooper admitted the one thing that bugged him—and his mother, heiress and fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt—was Jones' claims. He then fired back, reminding the audience that it was Jones who used her then-platform on The View to solicit corporate sponsors for the event. Ouch! Watch the entire conversation below.

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14 Responses

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    TV Gord

    If Star Jones did anything beyond talking off the top of her head (like, doing a little research), she would know that Cooper wrote about his sexuality at the worst possible time to capitalize on the publicity. His daytime talk show was in hiatus. He was on vacation from his CNN show, and he was somewhere halfway around the world, so he was unavailable for comment. It’s not as though he pimped out his fake wedding on his shows for months on end.

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    [quote=Ryan-Scott]Anderson checked that wannabe celebrity like a piece of homework and I loved it. Everything he said was true. Star is a joke and everyone knows it.[/quote]

    Now Now Anderson & Star,

    Play Nice Or Go To Bed Without Dessert!

    Brian 0:) 0:)

  3. Profile photo of TV Gord
    TV Gord

    [quote=nysam]Never was a fan of Star’s and used to be a fan of Anderson’s. I totally agree with Star in this situation though.[/quote]

    Exactly what is it you agree with? Since she’s the one who seems to be trying to make herself relevant and Anderson didn’t play up his acknowledgement of his sexuality, I’m curious to know just what it is about Star’s position that you see winning out between the two.

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    I agree that Anderson came out to create buzz about himself and his floundering talk show.

    Star made her comment on a TODAY show segment where she, Donny Deutsch and I can’t remember the other person talk about what is happening in the world. She was asked what she thought.

    It looks like Anderson is trying to reignite the discussion since Star made that comment a couple months ago. He didn’t say anything about it at the time, but now brings it up.

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    Star is trash and everybody knows it. She was a bully on the View, she was a bully on the Apprentice, and she’s a bully in real life. My cousin worked with her on a TV special years ago. Guess what? She was a bully on the set too.

    Furthermore, Anderson is more than “a talk show host.” He’s a journalist. And Oprah only divulged personal info about herself to connect with her audience, never to boost ratings.

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    TV Gord

    nysam, Anderson’s co-host yesterday asked him about the reaction to his confirmation that he’s gay, and he mentioned that his mother brought up Star’s comments, which were made MONTHS ago. What Anderson did was exactly what Star did…he responded to a question. I just don’t understand how talking about Star Jones–who isn’t anybody, in the grand scheme of things–is going to give Anderson some kind of ratings bump. Anderson Cooper already has the name recognition to headline two TV shows. Star is clinging to Matt Lauer’s lame ripoff of a View-type show.

    If Star hadn’t sent out her attention-getting tweet, this would have gone by completely unnoticed, so I fail to see how it is Anderson who is trying to ride her coattails to ratings success.

  7. Profile photo of nysam

    TV Gord….yes, Cooper does have 2 TV shows. Both of which don’t do well in the ratings. You can look the numbers up. I have worked in TV for years and it isn’t a surprise that Anderson did this to boost his numbers. No different than Katie Couric admitting she was bulimic a week ago on her show. Katie has been in the spotlight for 20 years and she decides to reveal her “secret past” now?? She did it to appear more relatable to her audience, thus, hoping for a ratings bump.

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    Never said he was going for ratings by mentioning Star. He was going for ratings by “coming out” even though he used to be at the same gay bars I was at 20 years ago when nobody knew who he was. As I said in my first post, I was never a fan of Star. I was a fan of Anderson’s. That is no longer the case.

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    TV Gord

    So, I go back to my original point. If he was looking for a ratings bump, why wouldn’t he have done it when he was actually in the country and on the air, where he could get the most publicity? Why would he do it when he was in Africa and he wasn’t on TV at all? By the time he was back on the air, the issue had passed and he never addressed again.

    Which is another point: you did say in an earlier post that Anderson brought it up, which isn’t true. Andy Cohen brought it up during their discussion at the beginning of the show. It was impromptu chat and he just reacted to her ridiculous tweets claiming that he’s using her for publicity (when the fact is that SHE has always been a media whore, not Anderson).

    If I remember correctly, Anderson did not say in his email that he was “coming out”, and he never hid his sexuality from the people who mattered to him, so who cares if you saw him in gay bars 20 years ago? Why does that have anything to do with anything? As he wrote, he also didn’t say anything publicly about his religious beliefs or his political beliefs, because–like his sexuality–those personal, private aspects of his life would color some people’s opinions on a reporter’s work. Are you as upset that you may not have known his religious beliefs?

    For much of the past year, AC360 has been largely about the bullying problem for young people, especially young gay people, and he decided that it was increasingly relevant to his job to make it clear that he’s gay (if it helps one bullying victim, yada yada yada). Of course, most people shrugged because we already knew, so I don’t know why there’s any reason to be angry at him, regardless of whether he did or did not go on the record.

    In the end for me, what it comes down to is that Anderson has always seemed to be honest and sincere, whereas Star has always been deceptive and phony. I’ve never understood the anger people feel toward anyone who doesn’t talk about their sexuality precisely as those people think they should. So, he didn’t “come out” just as you wanted him to. It’s nobody’s business.

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