Star Jones and Anderson Cooper are officially enemies after the former accused the CNN host of ‘coming out’ for ratings.
In early July, Anderson Cooper revealed he was gay (something most people already suspected) in a letter to a friend at the DailyBeast. While many of his celebrity friends sent over congratulations for his decision one in particular wasn’t sure Cooper had genuine intentions.
Earlier in the week Star Jones visited the Today show and revealed she believed Cooper came out to boost ratings for his show. Anderson, who had Bravo’s Andy Cohen – who’s openly gay – on Anderson Live enthusiastically slammed Jones for her thoughts.
“The only thing that did kind of annoy me and actually it annoyed my mom [Gloria Vanderbilt] who brought it up to me, Star Jones.”
“I haven’t thought about Star Jones in I don’t know how long. I was unaware she was even on TV still but she apparently shows up on a morning show . . .out of the blue Star Jones said after I sent this email Star Jones said this was a ratings ploy by me to boost ratings.
To further make his point Cooper recalled Jones obvious effort to bring attention to her wedding and weight loss during her stint on The View.
“I seem to recall her hocking her wedding every single day to get free products when she was on The View,” he added of Jones. “I seem to recall her lying about her gastric bypass surgery and making everybody else lie about it as well. So for her to suddenly emerge out of the shadows and suddenly attack me for this, I couldn’t believe it.”
While Jones declined Cooper’s offer to visit his show she did respond to his remarks on Twitter.
“I was wrong. @andersoncooper didn’t come out as a ratings ploy. He used ME talking about him coming out @todayshow as a ratings ploy. #mybad”
Judging by the responses on her timeline, her Twitter followers were TeamAnderson.
Jake Updegraff stated,
Love this!! @andersoncooper just owned @StarJonesEsq and her delusional thoughts.#TeamAnderson
Mrs. Betty Bowers added,
@StarJonesEsq @andersoncooper @todayshow Anderson Cooper came out as a gay man for publicity? Well, you married one for publicity!
Easy now girls.