Anderson Cooper talked to some members of the press yesterday regarding the nature of his new daytime talk show, Anderson (premiering September 12th. Click here for local listings). We were interested in what the silver fox expects of himself, what he hopes viewers will like and what led him to embark on this new venture. Most importantly, how the hell is he going to juggle this with Anderson 360 and his segments on 60 Minutes?
That’s easy. He’s just going to do it. “I only did this because I was able to work out a deal where I could continue in news and both for 60 Minutes and CNN.” Anderson explained. “In terms of CNN, you know, it’s important to me personally and also to CNN that I continue to go to the frontline of breaking news lines and certainly think that’s going to be, I will not allow this show will not stop me from doing that.”
Anderson will have his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt on the show, which is just adorable. “The reason I wanted to have her on and do a full hour on her life, I just think she comes from a time and place that no longer exists. She was born into this world that really doesn’t exist. She was born in the ‘20s and into this family of great wealth and she’s suffered tremendous tragedy early on in her life.
“Her father died when she was an infant, the case of her custody battle where she was taken away from her own mother and at the time it was called the trial of the century. It was the height of the Depression it was the biggest tabloid story of that generation. And yet, she is somebody who no matter what has happened to her, of losing a son, my brother who killed himself in front of her jumping off a balcony. She’s a survivor.”