Anderson Cooper Leaving Egypt


CNN's Anderson Cooper announced Saturday via his Twitter account that he's leaving Egypt.

"It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to leave Egypt," Cooper wrote. "CNN continues to have many teams in place," he continued, before noting it was a "hard decision to leave."

Cooper was attacked by crowds in Cairo in two different incidents this past week.

On Wednesday, Cooper revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that things were increasingly "chaotic" as opposing forces continued to spar in Cairo and elsewhere in one of the Middle East's most populous countries. The 43-year-old also noted that he was in a "precarious situation" via the phone interview from Cairo.

"I've been in riots and melees before, but this is the first time that I've been in a situation that escalated to a level where we really had no control," he said.

While Cooper may be leaving, CNN will maintain a heavy presence in Cairo and elsewhere in order to cover the still-unfolding story that has drawn viewers from around the world. The cable network still has over 30 staffers, including eight correspondents, on the ground in Egypt.

The silver-haired newscaster is the latest high-profile American journalist to leave Cairo this week. NBC's Brian Williams and CBS' Katie Couric both have already returned to the U.S. after street violence escalated between supporters of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and protesters demanding his resignation.