Anderson Cooper Turns Down 'Today' Show Appearance With Star Jones
Anderson Cooper has no plans to bury the hatchet with Star Jones -- especially on live television.
The host of Anderson Live, who moonlights as a CNN anchor, reveals on Wednesday's episode of the syndicated daytime talk show that NBC's Today attempted to bring him together with Jones, whom he slammed on the air last week for saying he came out to boost ratings.
"Don't get me in a war with Star Jones now," he says. "I said my peace on Star Jones, I am not one to have a feud. She tweeted back something. I said my peace and then she tweeted me and I'm not responding. Actually, the Today show tried to book me to go on with Star Jones so we could tussle. I was like I've got nothing more to say, nor do I want to be in a room with her. I'm done."
Jones is the controversial former co-host of ABC's The View who now makes regular appearances as a pundit on the morning program.
Cooper's beef with Jones began the day after he announced he's gay in a letter to The Daily Beast, posted July 2. Appearing on Today, Jones remarked: "When the ratings slip in daytime, the hosts tend to tell you lots of things about them."
Cooper vented his anger in conversation with pal Andy Cohen on Anderson Live, maintaining that he was in Africa on assignment for CBS' 60 Minutes rather than crafting a ratings PR stunt at the time of his announcement.
"I seem to recall her 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," he sniped. "So for her to suddenly emerge out of the shadows and suddenly attack me for this, I couldn't believe it. And my mom was like, 'Who is Star Jones?'"
Not one to shy from debate, Jones responded on Twitter that day, writing: "I was wrong. @andersoncooper didn't come out as a ratings ploy. He used ME talking about him coming out ... as a ratings ploy."
And she further fanned the flames of her burgeoning feud with Cooper on Monday, referencing his comments about Today's (alleged, to drop a Jones-ism) efforts to book an on-air confrontation between the two rivals.
"Someone is a LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE. I would NEVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES agree to a 'debate' on my accurate statements ... BS," Jones tweeted.
A Today show rep didn't immediately respond to THR's request for comment.