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Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 4:36AM EDT
Alex Trebek's picks to succeed him Jeopardy! respond, but a superfan says Anderson Cooper makes the most sense
Source: The New York Times
Trebek named Los Angeles Kings announcer Alex Faust and CNN legal analyst Laura Coates in his interview on Fox News' OBJECTified that hinted he'll likely step down from Jeopardy! in 2020, when he turns 80. "I guess there are worse ways to randomly see your name show up on TMZ!" tweeted a "flattered" Faust. Coates tweeted: "Incredibly honored & humbled @Jeopardy Alex Trebek 1) knows who I am 2) thinks I'd be a great host of my fave game show ever that I grew up watching w/ my family & still watch w/ my own kids." Andy Saunders, who runs The Jeopardy! Fan site, said the front-runner in his eyes is Anderson Cooper, who could work on Jeopardy! four to six days per month while keeping his CNN and 60 Minutes gigs. Saunders said of Trebek: “He has so much experience and he is such a good host that anyone, even Anderson Cooper, would find it incredibly difficult to fill Alex’s shoes."
- LeVar Burton pitches himself as Trebek's replacement: "I’ve had my eye on this gig for a looong time" he said, adding: "Sorry, brother! There is only one game show I’ve ever wanted to host... This Is Jeopardy!"
- Ken Kennings joked about replacing Trebek: "(be right back), deleting ten years of pedophilia jokes"
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Anderson Cooper: My "disgraceful" comment about President Trump "just popped out"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Cooper, who was visiting Stephen Colbert's Late Show with pal Andy Cohen, explained his "disgraceful" CNN comment earlier this week during the Trump-Vladimir Putin press conference. "I'm not saying it proudly or gleefully. It just popped out," he told Colbert. "It was the first thing I said. As soon as the press conference was done it just sort of popped out of my mouth."
Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 11:21PM EDT
Facebook Watch's news programs don't seem innovative, as seen on Anderson Cooper's Full Circle
Rather than try to reinvent their shows for the web, Cooper's Full Circle and Fox News' Fox News Update aren't breaking much ground on Facebook Watch, says Daniel D'Addario. Cooper would be perfect for Facebook Watch's format. But on Full Circle, D'Addario says, "most of these segments are saddled with heavy, distracting guitar music underlaying them; all are announced onscreen with bright and much-labored-over widgets. The notion, I suppose, is that breaking the show up makes it 'snackable,' full of bite-sized bits of information, but the show still exists as a single half-hour video. That video becomes laborious to endure when so much time is spent setting up aspects of the broadcast. In trying to create a fun and vibrant broadcast, CNN has ended up seeming out of place and, worse, outdated."
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 8:37PM EDT
Anderson Cooper and CNN launch a daily Facebook Watch show
The CNN host's Full Circle premiered today on Facebook with an aim to get Cooper and CNN "where everybody is and increasingly will be. On their mobile phone."
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 3:05PM EDT
Anderson Cooper calls President Trump's press conference with Vladimir Putin "disgraceful"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"You have been watching perhaps one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit in front of a Russian leader truly that I’ve ever seen,” Cooper said. The CNN host's unusually harsh sentiment was echoed by his CNN colleagues, including chief national correspondent John King. Even Fox News' Neil Cavuto was shocked. "I’ll give the benefit of the doubt to maybe jet lag and time differences, but holy moly,” he said. ALSO: Fox & Friends Weekend's Abby Huntsman -- the daughter of Trump's Russian ambassador Jon Huntsman -- accuses the president of throwing "your own people under the bus."
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 1:21PM EDT
Marco Rubio expresses outrage that CNN aired a pre-taped uncensored F-word as part of its newspaper shooting coverage
"Sign of our times... the F word is now routinely used in news stories, tweets etc It’s not even F*** anymore. Who made that decision???" the U.S. senator tweeted this morning, apparently in reaction to CNN's decision not to censor Anderson Cooper's pre-taped interview with a Capital Gazette newspaper shooting survivor. Rubio's comment was immediately met with ridicule on Twitter, including by U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, who tweeted: "Dear Senator Marco Rubio: I agree with you that using the F word without asterisks should not be routine. But perhaps you should be concerned about the F*cking evil situation of thousands of children ripped away from their parents by our government. Who made that decision???" ALSO: Tom Brokaw calls for a "new crusade" against gun violence after "our dear friend carl hiaasen lost his brother" in Annapolis newspaper shooting
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 11:16PM EDT
Anthony Bourdain's wokeness was a secret ingredient baked into every Parts Unknown episode
Source: The New York Times
Bourdain could be "casually radical" explaining to viewers why, for instance, the Black Panther Party's controversial demands weren't all that controversial, says Sarah J. Jackson. In Bourdain's death, says Jackson, we "lost a man who brilliantly and bravely wove political education into food culture in a way that provided the kind of historical context and compassion for the oppressed that Americans need now more than ever. In an era in which 'woke' has morphed, for some, into a derisive term for those who are too earnest about injustice, Mr. Bourdain delivered this kind of insight effortlessly and without repentance. It was a secret ingredient baked into his every episode, and served to viewers whether they’d ordered it or not."
- Bourdain's mother, longtime New York Times editor Gladys Bourdain, told The Times: “He is absolutely the last person in the world I would have ever dreamed would do something like this"
- Bourdain treasured cultural differences -- in contrast to Roseanne's joke that black and Asian families are "just like us": "No matter where Anthony Bourdain went, he never wanted the takeaway to be, 'Cambodians are just like us' or 'Lebanese are just like us,'" says Daniel Fienberg. "He treasured cultural difference and viewed it all as worthy of recognition and understanding. He wasn't about homogenization; he was about not being isolated in the world, not being lonely."
- "Anthony Bourdain was who I wish I was"
- "Anthony Bourdain was the best friend I never had"
- Anderson Cooper says "he loved and was loved in return" on CNN's Remembering Anthony Bourdain special
- Bourdain's CNN colleagues were in "complete shock" over his death
- Bourdain understood his privilege and used it as a cudgel to force Americans to think about our role in the world
- Photographer recalls "raw" and "filterless" Hollywood Reporter photoshoot that Bourdain used for his Twitter avatar
- Jimmy Kimmel tweeted of Bourdain: "This is a man I admired greatly"
- Suits' Patrick J. Adams responded to Bourdain's death by admitting: "I’ve wrestled with the darkness for years. And it wants us to be alone. That’s how it wins"
- Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential book showed that it's never too late for a second act in life
- A Chinese restaurant owner featured on No Reservations recalled how Bourdain changed his family's life
- Here are five episodes that capture Bourdain's blazing spirit
- The best Bourdain episodes were when everything went terribly wrong, like in Romania
- Here's a roundup of Bourdain's most poignant quotes
- The replies to Bourdain's last tweet are devastating
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 2:05PM EDT
Facebook Watch to unveil news shows from Fox News, CNN, ABC News and Anderson Cooper
A nightly show hosted by Cooper will be among the offerings for Facebook Watch users that will be fully funded by the social media network and released this summer ahead of the midterms.
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 5:31AM EDT
Mario Batali reportedly under NYPD investigation for two separate sexual assault allegations
Source: CBS News
Anderson Cooper revealed at the end of his 60 Minutes story on Batali's sexual misconduct that the NYPD is investigating the former Food Network star for a sexual assault incident that allegedly took place at his New York City eatery The Spotted Pig in 2005. The accuser, a former Batali employee who appeared on 60 Minutes anonymously, said she joined Batali for a glass of wine, but she barely remembered what happened next. When she woke up in the morning, she says she found "deep scratches" on her leg and semen on her skirt. Meanwhile, TMZ reports the NYPD is investigating a second woman's allegation that Batali raped her in 2004 at Babbo, another of his New York City restaurants. TMZ reports the woman was a customer who went upstairs to use the bathroom at 2 a.m. The next thing she remembered is Batali allegedly on top of her. TMZ says the woman filed a police report in March of this year. Batali issued a statement to 60 Minutes denying the first allegation, saying: “I vehemently deny the allegation that I sexually assaulted this woman. My past behavior has been deeply inappropriate and I am sincerely remorseful for my actions. I am not attempting a professional comeback."
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
60 Minutes to tackle the Mario Batali sexual harassment scandal
Source: Eater NY
On Sunday's episode of the CBS News magazine, Anderson Cooper interviews those who were “sexually harassed or assaulted” at one of the restaurants Batali co-owned.
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 1:22PM EDT
FCC received only three complaints over 60 Minutes' Stormy Daniels interview
"I tuned in to watch 60 Minutes on Sunday March 25. Somehow Pornhub showed up on my TV. Very disturbing," said one complaint. Another called the segment a "commercial" that was "disgusting" to watch. A third complaint said: "SHAME ON 60 MINUTES!! THEY ARE NOW THE T.V. VERSION OF THE NATIONALENQURIER."
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel mocks Sean Hannity over the revelation that Michael Cohen was his attorney
Kimmel, eight days removed from ending his feud with the Fox News host, reacted to Monday's bombshell, describing Hannity as “chief propaganda guy for Trump’s legal team – but he never disclosed that he is also represented by a member of that legal team." Kimmel then poked fun at Hannity statement that Cohen never represented him. “That sounds normal. He has a lawyer – he doesn’t pay. By the way, I’m thinking of hiring Michael Cohen as my lawyer. He only has three clients and apparently, he works for free. He doesn’t take money from anyone.”
- In January 2017, Hannity said on Fox News he and Cohen had a personal relationship, saying: "full disclosure: a personal friend of mine, long before this election ever started"
- Anderson Cooper called out Hannity's massive conflict of interest
- Hannity opened Monday's show with a montage of cable news anchors saying his name
- Hannity said later in his show that the "media went absolutely insane. Wall-to-wall, hour-to-hour coverage of yours truly"
- Stephen Colbert's Late Show creates mash-up of Hannity admitting Cohen connection
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 11:20PM EDT
Kathy Griffin says she "loved" Anderson Cooper, but he became more interested in "shiny objects"
“Like, he wouldn’t do promos for me and stuff,” Griffin told Howard Stern on Tuesday. “But still, we would get together on New Year’s and the magic would happen and he’s smart and I love his mother.” She added: “I was in love with him as a friend. I loved him as a friend. (The friendship) was closer the first five years, then I think he’s the type of guy who’s into shiny objects, so later on he wasn’t as into it.” ALSO: Watch Griffin as Kellyanne Conway on The President Show.
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Anderson Cooper will host a CNN town hall with former FBI director James Comey
Source: KING-TV Seattle
The William & Mary College event will broadcast live on April 25.
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 10:29PM EDT
Stormy Daniels was treated with respect on 60 Minutes, while Jimmy Kimmel treated her to "insulting capers"
Daniels' interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live! stands in stark contrast to her 60 Minutes sit-down with Anderson Cooper -- obviously, because one is a comedy show and the other a newsmagazine. But Christina Cauterucci notes that on Kimmel, Daniels was playing "the role of a tabloid-cover porn actress in a political scandal" -- and Kimmel treated her with "several unsophisticated gags" that were "deployed to remind the audience that Daniels was famous for having sex." But "with Trump’s threats of a lawsuit looming and a new wave of online hate to consider," Daniels changed her approach for 60 Minutes, says Cauterucci, adding: "If Daniels appears more believable on 60 Minutes than she did on Kimmel, it’s because, for women, the distance between being a trustworthy victim of threats and being a greedy liar can be as narrow as a modest blouse and some good PR advice. Cooper lent another layer of credibility to the broadcast. Unlike Kimmel, he approached Daniels with empathy, as someone with smarts and legitimate concerns. His unflustered lines of questioning drained the blood out of the sex parts of Daniels’ story, even the spanking bit, leaving viewers to focus on the disturbing threats made against her and the Trump team’s possible violations of campaign finance law. (The studiously dull, highly edited production style of 60 Minutes helped set the sober tone too.)"
- The most radical thing Anderson Cooper did was refuse to treat Daniels as if "she was irresponsible or immoral, or as if she were less than credible simply because of what she does for a living."