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Anderson Cooper Calls Star Jones Out For Stating His Coming Out Publicly Was Ratings Ploy! – Watch The Video!

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There was a lots of melodrama on this afternoon’s episode of the syndicated talker, Anderson, when host Anderson Cooper and his co-host on the episode, Bravo’s Andy Cohen, discussed the topic of how Anderson felt now that he  publicly came out.

Cooper then went on to blast Star Jones for comments she made on a segment of  The Today Show’s “Today’s Professionals” where she suggested that the decision for Cooper to come out at this time was a ratings ploy for his show! Jones had said, “I’ve been in daytime television for a long time. He’s a daytime talk show host and when the ratings slip in daytime, the hosts tend to tell you lots of things about them.  There were times that you generate information for ratings.”

Anderson responded to this to Cohen today when he said. “As memory serves, in terms of boosting ratings, I seem to recall Star 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. So for her to suddenly emerge out of the shadows and suddenly attack me for this, I couldn’t believe it!”   He added that her comment was “so annoying” because he made his announcement when he was off the air.

Anderson went on to say, “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! But instead I was in Africa on assignment for 60 Minutes.  I wasn’t even on the air for days afterward!”

The talk show host and CNN anchor said t he invited Jones on the show to discuss this whole situation further but she turned him down.  Watch the video of the segment of Anderson talking about Jones to Cohen after the jump, and then let us know what you think about Jones’ comments and Anderson’s rebuttal!

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Linda
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Linda

Star Jones is just mad because her ex-husband is gay!!! He was gay when she married him!!!

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Yes he was….. AND I can’t believe SHE didn’t SEE that.

aria
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aria

she always been a two face hypocrite. I’m not surprise about her knack for attacking people.

Jax
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Jax

LOL! Now, of course, Cooper is making a big deal out of this MONTHS later? Please. Why even bring this up? The majority of people probably didn’t even know what Jones said. This is the start of the new season. So, Cooper is creating a mini-controversy that is permeating the web.

This is just very meta!

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Well, right now HE is doing it for the ratings, LOL. Whose he kidding? I agree, why bring it up months later?

Jules
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Jules

Anderson is so poised, so professional, and always a good sport. Star is a wannabe who is no longer relevant on any measure. Who cares what she has to say?

Rob
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Rob

Star Jones is a washed up never-was and it seems to me that SHE is the one looking to make news. She should crawl back to wherever shes been….

k
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k

Wow what a bunch hypocritcal comments. I didn’t even know that Star Jones made that comment, but so what?? Anderson Cooper brought more attention to this then it needed, I wonder if he did that for ratings also. Star Jones made a huge mistake while on the view, but who in life hasn’t let something go to their heads??? People need to get down off their high horses and stop being nasty bullies to people. He bullied that RHNJ girl and now Jones. What’s his problem with strong women who have opinions??

k
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k

He brought that RHONJ girl back to apologise and she accepted. I saw a clip of the comment Star Jones made and she immediately apologised after saying it, but he forgot to mention that. Rather you accept the apology or not is up to you but you should have let it go at that.

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

Whose the RHNJ girl? Oh, and I like your point of view referencing this matter, regarding Anderson giving it more attention that it needed (Ratings) and Star’s mistake on the View, but who hasn’t made mistakes. Very humbling point of view, k.

Winona
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Winona

I am going to follow in the words of Raylan Givens on JUSTIFIED and “just file this under ‘Who Gives a _hit?'”

kay/kay
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kay/kay

Could not agree more! Really is this all these people have going on for them?

lisa
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lisa

Star who ?

Anderson you rock !!

mary
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mary

Thought everyone knew.I don’t even know why he had to announce it.Does straight couples have to admit how and what ways they had sex,Nobody’s business.don’t even know why it was brung up on The Today Show.Star has never confronted that people thought her husband was gay.She really needs to shut up.What happens in the bedroom needs to stay there and everyone needs to get over it.

boes
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boes

I think if you were gay you’d understand why it’s important for people like Anderson Cooper to say it out loud. Straight people don’t have to announce it, because it’s something that is generally assumed. (Though if they felt the need, go for it).

Young gay folks need to know that there are role models out there, people in the public eye at the very least who they can relate to in this way. It’s more important than you know.

kiele
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kiele

Sometimes straight people have to announce it because certain gays think everyone is GAY! And if they deny this, their just as hypocritical.

mary
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mary

Never met a gay person who thought everyone was gay.I knew anderson was gay for years.The press kept bringing it up forever.I really don’t care if he’s gay doesn’t change my opinion of him.I like the guy.But my point is why does he have to come out and say it.Its nobody’s business.I don’t why people thought it was a big secret.No he didn’t say I am gay ,but why does everytime someone is gay they have to make a announement to shut the media up.I heard for years how Anderson wouldn’t come out of the closet.Its his business.Being born into… Read more »

SZima
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SZima

Why is this even an issue?
There are more OUT gays on television than ever.
Who gives a shit anymore?

1loveabcsoaps
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1loveabcsoaps

I like Anderson Cooper. Seems he is taken pretty serious as a journalist.

toscanti
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toscanti

Never cared for Star Jones, she treated Barbara Walters like dirt.

bc
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bc

how sad is anderson cooper. yale graduate. filthy rich. part of the vanderbilts. socially connected. yet he chooses to be a daytime talk show host and a liberal shill on cnn. it’s the lowest rated news network. how low? during the vice presidential debate: cnn’s combined ratings w/ msnbc are still lower than the total ratings of fox news! no one cares abt star jones and his feud. the only reason the mainstream media keeps promoting him is precisely bec he’s gay. cnn is a ratings disaster. he is not a ratings draw. yet he gets a talk show precisely… Read more »

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Soap Smarts: How Daytime Dramas Are Using Ingenuity To Get Back Into Production During COVID-19

Daytime dramas seldom get the credit they deserve, and now they should be getting further credit for being the first back into production as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage on, and trying to implement new ways to keep their trademarks love scenes, intimate moments and two-person scenes somehow looking in tact; even though it will be far from how it was done in the past.

In the story from the Associated Press The Bold and the Beautiful EP, and head writer, Brad Bell – who’s soap was the first one back into the studio – commented on how the show is utilizing mannequins, or real-life significant others to help pull off close contact love scenes and how it is rather groundbreaking. “We feel almost like television pioneers all these years later because we’re the first ones out, blazing new ways of producing the shows with the current safety standards, and we’re getting the job done. It’s very exciting.”

When B&B scripts written pre-coronavirus were reviewed in preparation for shooting during the pandemic now, originally all the cinches and smooches were cut. But Bell found a solution whereby a remote actor recites lines as their on-camera scene partner responds in a “low, intimate voice” and engages in “beautiful, yearning eye contact” with an off-camera doll.

As far as the soapy embrace or lip-lock, B&B cast member Katrina Bowden (Flo) has had her husband and musician Ben Jorgensen stand in for her on-screen love interest, Darin Brooks (Wyatt) since returning to taping new episodes.

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Days of our Lives EP Ken Corday noted to AP:  The “learning curve” is steep. Before the pandemic, “we were producing eight, one-hour episodes a week. That’s basically 40 or 50 scenes a day.  That’s going to be basically impossible to reopen, so to speak, at that pace. We’re going to have to be more careful. So will there be five shows a week, or more? Yet to be determined.  It will certainly cost more.”

B&B and now Y&R which heads back into production next week, and the others soaps, will be using the company called Reel Health, which launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to serve the entertainment industry, and hires medically trained workers to monitor sets and enforce protocols developed by a company epidemiologist and in accordance with industry and government standards,

Alicia Rodis, a veteran intimacy coordinator who helped the actors guild develop guidelines for taping scenes of romance and simulated sex. shared: “Finding ways to put romance on the screen is inevitable and necessary.  At the end of the day, intimacy isn’t going anywhere. Physical intimacy is a part of the human experience. And we’re going to have to find a way to be able to continue to tell these stories, even in extraordinary circumstances.”

So, what do you think of how soaps are tackling taping episodes in the new normal to give their fans a sense of all that they love from their favorite daytime dramas during COVID-19? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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General Hospital Shifts Production Restart Date

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According to Deadline: “GH is now targeting the week of July 20 to resume taping. The situation remains fluid as new infections have been soaring in Los Angeles.”

General Hospital was previously eyeing a return to production this coming Monday on July 13th, before the COVID-19 outbreak saw a spike in numbers.

While GH is pushing itself back another week, The Young and the Restless is at this moment preparing to start taping new episodes beginning on Tuesday, July 14th.

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So, glad that GH is holding off a little bit longer to ensure safety first for all involved from cast, and crew? Comment below.

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NBA Great and LA Laker, LeBron James Buys B&B and Y&R Co-Creator Lee Phillip Bell’s Beverly Hills Estate

One legend is moving into another legend’s previous home.  Sources are reporting to The Real Deal, that Los Angeles Laker and NBA star, LeBron James has purchased the estate of the the late, Lee Phillip Bell, the beloved co-creator of The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless.

According to the report, James is in contract to buy Bell’s estate which was being marketed at 39 million.  It was unclear what James is paying for the 13,000-square-foot property, which sits on a 2.5-acre plot and boasts seven fireplaces, a pool house with two baths, lighted tennis court, and screening room.

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Bell’s estate was officially put on the market on April 30

This is the third L.A. County mansion purchase for James, who signed as a free agent with the L.A. Lakers in the summer of 2018.  LeBron previously bought two homes in Brentwood, California for 23 and 21 million dollars.

Lee Phillip Bell passed away in late February of this year.  She was remembered during the just completed 47th annual Daytime Emmys In-Memoriam segment on the telecast on CBS.

So, what do you think of LeBron moving into the renowned soap opera creators home?  Comment below.

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