Anderson Cooper Slams Star Jones for Claiming He Came Out as a Ratings Ploy

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Anderson Cooper has a bone to pick with Star Jones.

On Thursday’s episode of “Anderson Live,” Cooper discussed his decision to publicly come out with guest co-host and friend Andy Cohen.

In July, Cooper revealed he was gay in an email to his friend Andrew Sullivan that was posted on the Daily Beast.

Cooper admitted that he was pleased with the response he got from coming out, noting,  “I think it’s important to send a message to, especially young people, there’s nothing to be ashamed of and you can be successful and you can have a life and you can have many interests and this is one part of your life.”

But there was one response that rubbed him the wrong way. Shortly after Cooper’s announcement,   Jones suggested that he came out as a ratings ploy for his show.

Cohen noted that “Anderson” had been on hiatus at that time, so her assertions couldn’t be true.

“That’s why it so annoyed me,” Anderson said. “If I was wanting to boost ratings I would have waited to announce it on a very special episode, that would have been promo’d for weeks and weeks and there would have been commercials, ‘Anderson’s huge announcement,’ and you would have a cut away of the audience, but instead I was in Africa on assignment for ’60 Minutes,’ I sent an email to a friend of mine who put it on a website. I gave no interviews about it, I never talked about it.

“I wasn’t even on the air for days afterward,” he continued. “And so suddenly Star Jones, who as memory serves, in terms of boosting ratings, I seem to recall her hocking her wedding every single day to get free products when she was on ‘The View’ and I seem to recall her lying about her gastric bypass surgery and making everybody else lie about it as well,” he added. “So for her to suddenly emerge out of the shadows and suddenly attack me for this, I couldn’t believe it.”

Cooper went on to say that he never intended to bring up the Jones incident, but he did reveal she had turned down a request to appear on his show.

“No, come on,” retorted Cohen. “I would think she would want to hash it out.”

“I would think she would want as much publicity as possible given her penchant for wanting publicity,” joked Cooper. “You could be the moderator if she joins us.”

“I would enjoy that very much,” the “Housewives” reunion emcee retorted.

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