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Anderson Cooper/Star Jones Feud Is Getting Ugly

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Anderson Cooper recently talked to Andy Cohen about Star Jones’ accusations that he opened up about his sexuality to boost the ratings of his show, and things got tense very quickly.

Cooper came out earlier this year via email to a Daily Beast journalist, who had asked him about his thoughts on people in the public eye going public with their homosexuality. The email was then posted online, where it quickly made the rounds on social media sites and was quoted on various news outlets.

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. I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues. In a perfect world, I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted. I’m not an activist, but I am a human being and I don’t give that up by being a journalist, he wrote.

“If I was wanting to boost ratings, I would’ve waited to announce it on like ‘a very special episode’ that would’ve been promo’d for weeks and weeks,” Cooper said. “There would’ve been commercials [that said] ‘Anderson’s huge announcement,’ and you would’ve had a cutaway of the audience [gasping]. But instead, I was in Africa on assignment for 60 Minutes. I sent an email to a friend of mine who put it on a website.”

Cooper said he couldn’t believe that Jones, of all people, would attack someone for an alleged ratings ploy when she herself has been guilty of it in the past…and he got specific.

“I gave no interviews about it. I never talked about it. I wasn’t even on the air for days afterward. So suddenly Star Jones—who, as memory serves, in terms of boosting ratings I seem to recall her hawking her wedding like every single day to get free products when she was on The View, and I seem to recall her lying about her gastric bypass surgery and making everybody else lie about it as well–so for her to suddenly emerge out of the shadows and suddenly attack me for this, I couldn’t believe it.”

Jones has been invited on Cooper’s show as a guest, but she (wisely) declined. Earlier today, she responded to his comments by posting one of her own on Twitter.

Anderson Cooper/Star Jones Feud Is Getting Ugly
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  • Ashley

    That makes no sense. That stupid woman should just stuff a twinkie in her mouth and shut up. How was it a ratings ploy? Please. She needs to get over herself.

  • Ana

    Sad and frightening woman. Is she…serious? (She is, I’m sure of it.)
    A ratings ploy–i.e., one to boost ratings–would require a topic that might be controversial, or astounding, or new. Cooper’s sexual orientation is not controversial, or astounding or (shall we all say it together?) new. It’s possible–just possible–that Jones’ made-up (?) jibe was a ploy to grab media attention for herself, since her public persona/”profile” is no longer…popular? Thanks for listening to my two cents. ~Ana

  • Susan

    Star Jones is a low class woman who thinks she’s some kind of diva….she has the personality of a snail. Definitely needs to get over herself…and he is so right….she is the queen of using the media to “try” to boost her ratings and image. But alas, her image is still that of a shallow, gold digging bi%^&.

  • http://yahoo Regina

    it time somebody puts star jones in her place, really who is she to make a comment on why anderson cooper came out, what difference does it make when, where and why he came out, heh star, when is your ex-husband that you couldn’t turn straight coming out?

  • http://yahoo Regina

    it’s about time somebody puts star jones in her place, really who is she to make a comment on why anderson cooper came out, what difference does it make when, where and why he came out, heh star, when is your ex-husband that you couldn’t turn straight coming out?

  • http://yahoo Regina

    heh star, when is your ex-husband that you couldn’t turn straight, even with all your money and fame coming out. and what difference does it make when, where or why anderson cooper announced his? and you call yourself and intelligent person? really?

  • holson

    I never wanted to watch this Cooper. He’s not very smart. I did watch him on a game show last year and he was not good at answering questions. So why would I want to watvh a progem with him when I don’t believe what he has to say.

  • Sarah Rodriguez

    Oh stop it both of you, you sound like two squabbly little girls. I imagine you bent over nose to nose with your hands on your hips matching wits. out in the playground. GROW UP SPOILED BRATS.

  • lana

    she needs to get over herself. A grown woman acting like a child. Shameless.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not familiar with any of this. I didn’t even know he is gay. I had the biggest crush on him a few years ago. My chances with him being extremely slim anyhow, I guess this makes them even more remote, lol. I think Star is fighting for her dignity after a faux paux and he is defending his dignity. Happens all the time with people. The sooner they let it go the sooner they can get on with things.

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