For someone who’s sort of ubiquitous on television, Anderson Cooper is a bit of a mystery in that he doesn’t seem to do many in-depth interviews. I certainly don’t remember a magazine profile of any considerable note being done on him. So when I learned yesterday that he’d be a guest for an hour on the Howard Stern Show — where he’d be interviewed by arguably the best interviewer going these days — I was excited. And I didn’t come away disappointed after getting the chance to listen to the interview last night. In the interview, Cooper talks about, among other things…
- The current state of CNN and cable news in general, and why he’d never work at Fox News (it’s not why you’d think).
- How is mother has made it clear that he will not be inheriting her fortune when she dies.
- Alec Baldwin’s repeated use of gay slurs and how he honestly has no beef with Baldwin.
- Getting strung along by ABC for six months for an entry level job after he graduated from Yale.
- How he made a fake press pass, borrowed a video camera and snuck into dangerous countries, filing freelance reports for news outlets, a move that led to him being hired by CNN.
- How he hated Truman Capote, a friend of his mother’s, and thought he was “gross.”
- Coming out of the closet to his mom and his friends when he was in high school, and why he kept it a secret in his public life until recently.
- His brother’s very public suicide.
- Andy Cohen convincing him to do the interview with Stern.