Anderson Cooper RIPS Star Jones' Suggestion He Came Out as a "Ratings Ploy"!
Don't look for Anderson Cooper and Star Jones to go on a BFF vacation anytime soon. The CNN anchor and daytime talk show host is steaming over remarks Jones made about his decison to come out as a gay man. During an appearance on a "Today's Professionals" segment Jones wondered if Cooper came out to boost ratings for Anderson. Jones remarked at the time:
I've been in daytime television for a long time. He's a daytime talk show host and when the ratings slip in daytime, the hosts tend to tell you lots of things about them. I remember Oprah said she smoked crack. Oprah said she was pregnant at 14 and considered suicide. There were times that you generate information for ratings.
Right after her statement Jones sarcastically remarked:
Whoa, I'm sorry I said that. But I say bravo! Bravo for him!
Fast forward to today, when Cooper had Bravo's Andy Cohen as a guest on Anderson. The Real Housewives wrangler asked the Silver Fox how he felt now that he was out. Cooper admitted the one thing that bugged him—and his mother, heiress and fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt—was Jones' claims. He then fired back, reminding the audience that it was Jones who used her then-platform on The View to solicit corporate sponsors for the event. Ouch! Watch the entire conversation below.