Anderson Cooper Mocks Piers Morgan on CNN's New Year's Eve Telecast
Your move, Piers Morgan.
One of the many topics Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin chatted about during their live New Year's Eve telecast Wednesday night on CNN was Cooper's former network colleague.
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During the telecast, Griffin was sharing a story about a conversation she was having recently with Sidney Poitier when someone took a picture of the two. It seems that Morgan unknowingly managed to photobomb the shot with his hand.
Joked Cooper, "Piers who?"
Griffin replied: "You're gonna get some tweets, mostly from Piers."
Cooper then quipped that Morgan was "dying for a Twitter war."
He added: "Listen, I hope he gets a job. One day. I hope he gets gainful employment." (Mediaite has the video.)
Morgan, who is very active on Twitter and serves as editor-at-large for MailOnline, has yet to respond.
However, Cooper's quips come two months after Morgan penned an essay for The Hollywood Reporter in which he revealed that he'd pushed CNN to replace the "stiff" Cooper.
"I suggested to Jeff that Megyn Kelly would be a perfect primetime star for CNN — young, beautiful, slick, razor smart, bursting with opinions, humor and authority," he wrote. "I was convinced she'd give me a much better lead-in than Anderson Cooper, who for all his qualities as a reporter is stiff in a studio and gets annihilated in the ratings every night by O'Reilly. Jeff nodded and replied, 'I tried to get her.' Days later, it was announced Megyn was moving to Fox News primetime, where she's been a huge hit. CNN has many good anchors, but it needs to find more of its own Megyn Kellys."
Morgan hosted his own CNN talk show, Piers Morgan Live, from January 2011 until March 2014. Morgan, who has been a vocal proponent of gun-control legislation and ended his last show with a plea for stricter laws, continued to insist he'll still go after the NRA.
He tweeted in September that he had turned down a two-year deal from CNN president Jeff Zucker to host several interview specials and that he was no longer with the network.