Anderson Cooper wants Live! gig, but bosses are ‘hesitant’

According to a report from ET, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper wants to be Kelly Ripa’s Live! co-host, following the exit of Michael Strahan to Good Morning America.

But bosses at both networks, CNN and ABC, are reportedly “hesitant” about giving him the job.

ET notes that Cooper expressed his interest in hosting both Live! as well as his primetime show on CNN, AC360. Last week, Cooper guest-hosted alongside Ripa.

CNN is reluctant in allowing their primetime anchor to have split loyalties, given that CNN has pledged to go “all in” for the 2016 election. Cooper, who has hosted debates and town halls for the network, is a large part of CNN’s election coverage, alongside colleagues Jake Tapper and Wolf Blitzer.

ABC bosses, meanwhile, have concern over his failed talk show, Anderson, and aren’t completely sold on adding him to the succesful Live! franchise.


500 Questions casts a new host for season 2, replacing Richard Quest

ABC’s game show 500 Questions will return for a second two, but not with CNN’s lead international business correspondent and CNNi anchor Richard Quest, as had been rumored for a few weeks now.

In Quest’s place, ABC is going a slightly different route, tapping ABC News anchor Dan Harris as the replacement host for season two, reports Deadline.

I guess this gives Quest more time to be CNNMoney’s editor-at-large.


Gossip: 500 Questions to replace Richard Quest?

CNN anchor and international business correspondent Richard Quest doubled as a game show host for ABC in early spring of 2015, 500 Questions. And while the show is returning for a second season, there’s gossip floating around that perhaps Quest will not be returning as host.

The ratings for the first season began strong, but eventually trickled off.

As the gossip goes, “Rumor has it that the show will replace Richard Quest, the abrasive Brit host. When ABC announced the second season a few months ago, Quest’s status was left tantalizingly unstated.”

(H/t Johnny Dollar)


Former CNN anchor busted for drunk driving in Hamptons

Former CNN International anchor/business correspondent Felicia Taylor was busted for driving with a blood alcohol level of almost there times the legal limit after side-swiping a car in the Hamptons, reports the New York Post.

Taylor, who anchored World Business Today on CNNI, was reportedly so drunk they took her to the hospital for “medical evacuation,” the police tell the Post.

She was charged with aggravated DWI.

In response, her lawyer Edward Burke Jr told the Post, “My client could not have fully cooperated with the authorities in the respectable manner that she did if she were under such influence. The breathalyzer was administered three times . . . proof of an inaccurate reading.”

(H/t Johnny Dollar)