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 $12 million a year (plus the option allowing him to contribute to CBS News’ 60 Minutes).
“I don’t know that anyone wants a contract to be up during a global pandemic, by the way,” Cooper said (via J$P) to Howard Stern. “I got a couple years. I’m very happy. I’m very lucky.”
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.
After all, the anchor said, “I am my mother’s son. Money is not my thing.”
It was an eyebrow-raising thing to do: Anderson Cooper, who serves a dual role as CNN’s primetime anchor as well as a contributor to CBS News’ 60 Minutes, landed a big get — an interview with Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had a relationship with President Trump and was paid $130,000 to keep quiet.
The only thing is, CBS got the Daniels’ interview, not CNN, his primary employer.
That interview has yet to air; CBS News boss David Rhodes promises it will air after all the proper vetting occurs.
This Thursday, however, Cooper will sit down with Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who claims she had a 10-month affair with Trump in 2006-07, and it will air on CNN, reports Brian Stelter, ahead of Cooper’s CBS interview with Daniels.
CNN is covering President Donald Trump’s scandal with porn star Stormy Daniels quite thoroughly. But it isn’t CNN that star Anderson Cooper taped an interview with the porn star — rather, it was with CBS News, where he serves as a contributor to newsmagazine 60 Minutes.
According to BuzzFeed, Trump’s team of lawyers are attempting a legal challenge against CBS to prevent the interview from airing.
On Tuesday, Variety reported that CBS News president David Rhodes hasn’t seen the interview — but it is definitely going to air.
Its delay is due to good-old boots-on-the-ground journalism, he says, rather than a flurry of legal action from the 45th president of the United States. “The only reason it hasn’t run is that there’s still a lot of journalistic work to do,” Rhodes explained.
“I haven’t seen such an injunction, and I can’t imagine what the basis for that would be… The encounter between Anderson Cooper and Stormy Daniels was accompanied also by conversations with attorneys, documents were provided, and so we have to run all that down before it runs.”
In addition to serving as CNN’s primetime anchor, Anderson Cooper is a contributor to CBS News’ 60 Minutes. And tonight, as Brian Stelter reports, Cooper taped an interview with Stormy Daniels, the porn star that President Donald Trump allegedly had an affair with.
But the interview isn’t airing on CNN.
Rather, it is airing on the newsmagazine that he serves as a contributor to, 60 Minutes, sometime in the near future. But the exact air date is unknown. A source involved in the taping said it will air “on a future episode,” Stelter reports. A 60 Minutes spokesman declined to comment.
Anchor Anderson Cooper was shooting footage today in New Orleans–with a drone.
In January, CNN signed an agreement to use drones for newsgathering purposes.
No word on what he was using this drone for…
CNN’s Anderson Cooper is in reporting from Texas tonight, but not Waco (which you would likely expect). Instead, he’s reporting from El Paso, Texas; and according to Google Maps, there’s over nine hours between the two Texan cities.
So, why is he in El Paso?
His show account, AC360, says he’s on assignment.
Which, as we later learn, is true… But not for CNN, but rather for CBS’ 60 Minutes:
Many on Twitter were quick to notice where he was reporting from: