Evidently, Star Jones, former co-host of "The View," seems to think Anderson Cooper came out in public to boost the ratings of his TV show.
Jones previously said on the "Today" show, "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."
She's either an idiot or she's looking for attention. Anderson Cooper doesn't have to do things like this to get ratings. First, I don't think it was a shock to most people that he is gay. Second, any time someone comes out of the closet it's such an emotional event for that person, it supersedes almost everything else, including ratings. It's a big thing to do. And there isn't a gay person alive who won't agree with me on this. Third, Anderson Cooper is a seasoned journalist who doesn't need to prove anything to anyone at this point in his career.
But I do like how he responded to Jones:
"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," Cooper said.
It always bothers me whenever someone straight questions the motivation of a gay person coming out of the closet. Coming out is such a highly personal thing to gay people, and so intensely emotional, it's hard to imagine that someone like Jones wouldn't have the sensitivity to keep her big mouth shut.