CNN reporter, Anderson Cooper, 46, was on Howard Stern on Wednesday, speaking about his lack of a trust fund. His mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, 90, is worth approximately $200 million, and Cooper expects to see none of it. That said, Anderson Cooper himself is worth $100 million and allegedly makes $11 million a year at CNN… so he won’t have to slum it any time soon.
“My mom’s made clear to me that there’s no trust fund,” he said. “There’s none of that. Who’s inherited a lot of money that has gone on to do things in their own life? From the time I was growing up, if I felt that there was some pot of gold waiting for me, I don’t know that I would’ve been so motivated. She made more money on her own than she ever inherited. We believe in working.”
Did I know Cooper was a Vanderbilt? I knew he was awesome, and handsome, and incredibly well-paired with Kathy Griffin on the New Years Eve Special. Anyway. Good for him, good for the Vanderbilts. Hopefully since he’s financially independent, his mother is opting to leave her money to some worthwhile causes. Like my children’s college fund.
Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show, ‘Anderson Live’ has been canceled after two seasons.
“I am very proud of the work that our terrific staff has put into launching and sustaining our show for two seasons,” Cooper, 45, said in a statement. “I look forward to doing more great shows this season, and though I’m sorry we won’t be continuing, I have truly enjoyed it.”
The cancelation, set to take effect after the summer of 2013, is more of a testament to the market than a reflection on the veteran journalist, an anonymous studio executive explained to The Times. Even changes to the show for its sophomore season, including a live format and the introduction of co-hosts, did not increase its popularity.
But Cooper, a prime-time fixture on CNN, is clearly keeping busy covering Hurricane Sandy (a.k.a. Frankenstorm). “I will be along the New Jersey shore tonight,” he Tweeted Monday.
I never watched a single episode of ‘Anderson Live’ (who has time for daytime TV?). Will you miss the show?
Are Anderson Cooper and boyfriend Ben Maisani in an open relationship? According to the video below, the two are still vacationing together, despite Ben being caught kissing another man in a New York public park!
The two are on vacation in Croatia with Kelly Ripa and Andy Cohen, and Anderson doesn’t look too upset, leading many to assume the couple are in an open relationship.
The video below was shot by Croatian network Dubrovniktv.net, and shows the two men on the upper deck of a yacht talking together, before joining Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos.
The couple joined in on the European destination last week. Bravo’s Andy Cohen was already there and is believed to have flown out with Cooper a few days earlier.
According to the Croatian reporter providing the video, the yacht had been sailing around the Croatian coast for ten days, during which time they visited the Island of Hyar, which he said is one of the ‘most expensive places in the country’.
He said: ‘They came into Dubrovnik on August 18 around 11pm. When they docked they immediately wanted to go see the Old Town of Dubrovnick.’
Along with Cohen, the two couples left the Princess Lolanthe 41-meter yacht to try and catch a taxi.
But after waiting unsuccessfully for a few minutes and getting increasingly hassled by assembled media, they decided to return to the yacht.
Cooper has been tweeting Instagram images from his vacation since he arrived, but there was no sign that his partner was with him.
Today he tweeted that he saw the new Anderson Live set yesterday, saying it ‘looks great’, implying he is already back in New york after the vacation.
Pictures of the Eastern Bloc bar owner kissing and canoodling with another man openly in a New York Park were first published by MailOnline more than a week ago.
Maisani was thought to have been on the trip with him when he saw the pictures.
Anderson has never spoken publicly about his relationship and has made no comment on the photos of his boyfriend.
‘Ben runs with a really fast crowd in New York and Anderson always knew that his boyfriend was exposed to young, hot gay men at his bar. But he also believed he could trust Ben to stay faithful to him.’
Well, looks like Anderson isn’t too broken up about it. I doubt the two would be vacationing together unless they had worked it out. Maybe they’re working it out now? Maybe Anderson doesn’t mind if he steps out? Who knows!
To each his own, but I don’t know how people don’t lose their minds in open relationships. I just can’t imagine ever being okay with something like that. I’ve talked to people in the past who are in open relationships, and they swear they love it, but I want to know how that turns out for them – in the long run.
Are you – or have you been – in an open relationship? How does that work for you?
Anderson Cooper has officially come out of the closet. The CNN anchor wrote a letter to political blogger and friend Andrew Sullivan, and it was published today.
He wrote: “I’ve always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly. As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter.”
He admits that “remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something.”
He insists that’s not the case. “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud,” says Cooper.
The CNN host emphasizes that his role as a journalist supersedes his public discussion of his sexuality.
He explains, “Since my early days as a reporter, I have worked hard to accurately and fairly portray gay and lesbian people in the media – and to fairly and accurately portray those who for whatever reason disapprove of them.”
Cooper continues, “It is not part of my job to push an agenda, but rather to be relentlessly honest in everything I see, say and do. I’ve never wanted to be any kind of reporter other than a good one, and I do not desire to promote any cause other than the truth.”