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.”
Anderson Cooper, 52, who welcomed a son, Wyatt Morgan Cooper, and announced his ex, Benjamin Maisani, 47, would be co-parenting with him, explained his decision to have his ex raise his son on Sirius XM’s The Howard Stern Show.
“I don’t really have a family, so my friends have become my family. This is somebody I was involved with for 10 years,” he said of Maisani. “You know, my ex is a great guy, and I think it’s good to have two parents if you can.”
“We didn’t work out as a couple, but . . . when I was a little kid, it was just my mom and my brother, but it was my mom — she was not the most parental person and I wish some adult after my dad died had stepped in and just been like, ‘You know what, I’ll take you to a ball game,’” Cooper said.
“Or, ‘Let’s go out to lunch every now and then, and let’s just talk.’ You know, no one ever did that and so I thought, well if something happens to me or even if something doesn’t happen to me, if more people love my son and are in his life, I’m all for that.”
Cooper said he will go by “dad,” while Maisani, who is French, is going to go by “papa.” Page Six first reported Cooper’s remarks.
Even though CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, 52, and ex Benjamin Maisani, 47, split over 2 years ago, Cooper revealed that Maisani will be a co-parent to his newborn son, Wyatt.
And according to Page Six, Maisani was also in the delivery room when Wyatt was born.
“He’s my family and I want him to be Wyatt’s family as well,” Cooper said.
When they split two years ago, Cooper said at the time, “We are still family to each other, and love each other very much. We remain the best of friends, and will continue to share much of our lives together.”