Anderson Cooper made a statement that CNN brass are probably quite happy with: the CNN AC360 anchor (and new dad), who still has 2 years left on his current CNN contract, doesn’t plan on leaving the network when his contract expires. . . Even if an opposing network offered more than his current contract, valued at approximately $12 million a year (plus the option allowing him to contribute to CBS News’ 60 Minutes).
He went on, “No, I would not [leave CNN for a higher salary somewhere else]. I’m very happy. I’m very happy. First of all, no one’s going to double my salary. I’m able to work at 60 Minutes, [and] I’m able to work at CNN.”
“A lot of people are thinking about a lot of stuff but they’re not doing it. CNN is doing it and that’s what I’d like to do,” Cooper concluded.
Cooper’s remarks come after he announced that despite the birth of his new son, Wyatt Cooper, he chose not to take a paternity leave, citing the Covid pandemic. Instead, Cooper has been taking off the past 3 Fridays, with CNN filling the hour with a rotation of an extra hour of Erin Burnett OutFront or an extra hour of Cuomo Prime Time.