It may have taken a while, but Anderson Cooper finally shot back at Star Jones over her accusation that he only came out to give his ratings a jolt.
After nearly four months Anderson finally addressed Star’s assumptions, throwing much shade at the former daytime TV personality.
Despite his usual timeliness, the former CNN anchor only just spoke on the topic of his outing during a recent taping of "Anderson Live." While chatting with Andy Cohen of Bravo, Anderson said that he thought admitting that he’s gay wasn’t that big of a deal.
When news of his confession first broke, Star found the timing of the announcement a little suspect because "Anderson Live" was between seasons and airing reruns. She said as much on "The Today Show" back in July.
Skip to today, and Anderson broadcast his annoyance at the accusation, which he only heard about because of his mother. "I haven’t thought about Star Jones in I don’t know how long. I was unaware she was even on TV still," Anderson told the audience in exasperation.
"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," said Anderson, who reminded the audience that he was actually on assignment in Africa when news of his confession began circulating after he sent a peronal letter to a friend who happens to work at The Daily Beast.
"I sent an e-mail to a friend of mine, who put it on the website," Anderson stated. "I gave no interviews about it; I never talked about it. I wasn’t even on the air for days afterward!"
Then he got really catty! Reading Star from cover to cover, Anderson pointed out that she made a media spectacle of her wedding to Al Reynolds years ago.
"As memory serves, in terms of boosting ratings, I seem to recall [Star] hawking her wedding every single day to get free products when she was on ‘The View,’" Anderson said, "And I seem to recall her lying about her gastric bypass surgery and making everybody else lie about it as well."
Questioning her current relevance, Anderson shared that he was bowled over by Star’s belief that his personal confession was nothing more than a publicity stunt. "For her to suddenly emerge out of the shadows and suddenly attack me for this, I couldn’t believe it," he said. "And my mom was like, ‘Who is Star Jones?’"
Even more shocking for Anderson, though, is the fact that Star turned down an invite to appear on his show. "I would think she would want as much publicity as possible given her penchant for wanting publicity," he stated.