During filming of the “Today” show, Star Jones made a shocking statement about recently out of the closet newscaster Anderson Cooper. “Today” host Natalie Morales asked her panel of “Today’s Professionals” how they feel about Cooper’s announcement that he was gay. Cooper released a statement on Monday explaining to his audience that he was gay. Panel regular Star Jones said it was all about the ratings.
Morales inquired of the panel whether star’s like Cooper should feel obligated to make their sexual preferences known to their audience. Jones said she did not think they should feel obligated and further that due to her own cynicism she feel Cooper had ulterior motives.
“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. I remember Oprah said she smoked crack. Oprah said she was pregnant at 14 and considered suicide. There were times that you generate information for ratings.”
Jones seemed to then be surprised at herself for her own candor and said,
“Whoa, I’m sorry I said that. But I say bravo! Bravo for him!”
Some of the other panelists agreed with Jones assessment and said that Cooper’s announcement will likely draw some viewers to his show. He has not been on his nightly CNN show all week due to the July 4th Vacation but he has tweeted messages of thanks to his fans for their support saying,
“I appreciate all the nice tweets. I am in Botswana working but want to wish everyone a great 4th of July!”