Anderson Cooper Tapes CNN Pilot With Kathy Griffin; Did NBC Approach Him to Replace Matt Lauer?
Just how many new shows can Anderson Cooper do? According to Deadline, the journalist and Kathy Griffin filmed a pilot for CNN. The website is also reporting NBC approached Cooper to replace Today's embattled Matt Lauer.
I hear NBC toppers recently reached out to CNN’s Anderson Cooper to replace Lauer on the show before the end of the year. After their initial approach to Cooper, I hear NBC reached out to Lauer to get his blessing about the changeover. But I heard they got pushback from the Today veteran, who contacted Cooper to express his disapproval. I also hear that call caught Cooper by surprise, as he had assumed Lauer had been brought on board before NBC began making overtures.
If you've ever watched one of Cooper and Griffin's New Year's Eve specials, you can imagine what a regular TV show featuring the duo would be like. However, anchoring Today is still one of the most coveted gigs in television. Decisions, decisions!