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What Does The Future Hold For CNN’s Anderson Cooper?

CNN’s Anderson Cooper has long been called “the face of CNN” inside the halls of the CNN Center in Atlanta, and Time Warner Center in New York. His show “AC360″ is on twice in primetime (though probably not for too much longer), and he has become the face of CNN’s New Year’s Eve broadcasts alongside comedienne Kathy Griffin.

Deadline.com’s Nellie Andreeva, well-sourced in the TV world, reports that Cooper was recently approached by NBC about potentially replacing Matt Lauer on “Today” when the anchor’s contract expires. He also taped a pilot for CNN–just yesterday–with Griffin, effectively taking the New Year’s Eve concept and making it a more regular thing.

Regular readers may also recall that Cooper’s name came up as a potential replacement for Alex Trebek on Jeopardy!, although that is still a few year’s off.

One thing is clear: the next few months will likely decide Cooper’s fate at CNN. With the cancellation of his daytime talk show, Cooper is believed to have more flexibility in his contract, potentially allowing him to look into other opportunities. That said, and as the pilot indicates, CNN executives do not want to lose the anchor, whose name has become synonymous with terrific field reportage. “CNN does not want to lose Anderson, he is the best thing they have going right now,” one staffer told TVNewser.

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Kathy Griffin: CNN Had Best New Year’s Eve In Years Because She Tried To ‘Kiss The Sardine’

Comedian Kathy Griffin was a guest on TBS’ ‘Conan” this week, and the subject of her once-again infamous New Year’s Eve appearance on CNN with Anderson Cooper came up.

“I am a newswoman, I am practically an anchor over there at this point,” Griffin quipped. “Every year Anderson is like ‘please do something really offensive, please!’ and I am like OK, whatever Anderson.”

Kathy Griffin Talks About Her Anderson Cooper Moment On Letterman

Comedian Kathy Griffin, who once again co-hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve special with her friend Anderson Cooper, went on “The Late Show with David Letterman” to talk about this year’s wacky “moment.”

“If you think this is the part where I apologize for trying to go down on Anderson Cooper, you are sorely mistaken,” Griffin quipped to Letterman.

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin Rehash New Year’s Eve On CNN

While everyone was waiting to figure out what the heck was going on with regards to the fiscal cliff yesterday evening, Kathy Griffin returned to CNN to talk about New Year’s Eve with Anderson Cooper.

Ali Velshi is actually seizing out in the hall over here, I hope Sanjay is giving him some oxygen,” Griffin quipped.

Despite the talk about New Year’s, there was one moment that they didn’t discuss, a moment that Baltimore Sun critic David Zurawik said “debased” the CNN brand:

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Cable Networks Break in to New Year’s Eve Specials with Senate Vote on Fiscal Cliff Deal

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After Anderson and Kathy and Megyn and Bill signed off last night, the Senate came to a deal — by a vote of 89 to 8 — to avert a full dive over the fiscal cliff. The House meets this afternoon with a vote coming possibly today, or tomorrow before the new Congress convenes on Thursday. Voting began after 1:45amET with the Senate adjourning at 2:31am.

CNN International was covering the vote when at 1:50amET CNN/U.S. broke into a re-air of the Anderson Cooper Kathy Griffin New Year’s Eve special taking the feed anchored by John Vause with CNN Radio’s Lisa Desjardins on the phone from Capitol Hill. At 1:51am, Mara Schiavocampo broke into MSNBC’s coverage as the vote was going on with Mike Viqueira reporting from the Hill by phone. (Schiavocampo is back on the air anchoring the 10am hour). Patti Ann Browne broke into a re-air of FNC’s Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer New Year’s Eve special at 2:08am after the vote occurred. Correspondents Doug Mckelway and Chad Pergram reported from Washington.

Anderson Cooper on Scantily Clad Kathy Griffin: ‘That Sort of Thing, It’s Not My Demo’

Anderson Cooper talked with Kathy Griffin the other night about their upcoming New Year’s Eve special — their sixth together on CNN. Cooper: “Every year, I have to fight to get you to be quiet during the sweetest, most special time of the night, when the ball drops.”

“We’re not doing that this year,” said Griffin. “That’s the moment where we’ve just got to punch Ryan Seacrest in the face, hard.”

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin Back to Co-Host CNN’s New Year’s Eve Coverage

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Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin are back for their sixth time co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage from Times Square.

“As always, I await New Year’s Eve with Kathy Griffin with grave reservations and tremendous fear, and I want to apologize in advance to anyone she may offend/assault/attempt to kiss,” said Cooper.

The last two years — NYE 2011 (although Griffin did take off her top at one point) and NYE 2010 — were relatively tame compared with some of the headline-making stunts of the previous years; like when Griffin dropped the “F” bomb on New Year’s Eve 2009 and the year before when she called out an onlooker who had been heckling her.

CNN’s live coverage begins at 10pmET from Times Square. Cooper and Griffin will be joined by correspondent Isha Sesay in Times Square, John Zarrella in Key West and Gary Tuchman in Eastport, Maine.

At 12:30amET CNN’s Brooke Baldwin at Jackson Square in New Orleans and HLN’s Susan Hendricks at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville will count down to midnight, Central time.

And once again, Tom Foreman will host a year-end special “All the Best, All the Worst 2012,” at 8pmET.

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‘CBS This Morning,’ ‘Today’s Professionals’ Talk Anderson Cooper

Two of the morning shows have acknowledged Anderson Cooper‘s gay acknowledgment.

“CBS This Morning’s” Erica Hill, a friend of Cooper’s from her days at CNN, discussed his coming out with country music artist Chely Wright, who revealed two years ago that she’s gay. Video after the jump.

ABC’s overnight show “World News Now,” which Cooper once anchored, gave it a mention as did the pre-GMA show, “America This Morning.” “Good Morning America” didn’t.

On NBC’s “Today,” Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford talked about it on the 4th hour. “He is a sweet guy,” said Gifford. “We just wish everybody to be happy.”

It also was the subject earlier on “Today’s Professionals.” The panelists, Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and Dr. Nancy Snyderman, all seemed to take the cynical route, arguing that Cooper made the announcement for some sort of ratings gain. They seemed to be unaware that his daytime talk show is on hiatus, and that Cooper is in Africa on assignment, not hosting his CNN program.

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Anderson Cooper’s In-Air Incident

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was a guest on comedienne Kathy Griffin‘s Bravo talk show. Cooper revealed that as he was flying to LA for the show, he had an incident on the plane. Another passenger tried to snap a surreptitious pic of him, and Cooper felt the need to respond.

“I have lately become emboldened, and I grabbed the guy on the shoulder and said something to the effect of, ‘bitch, what the… are you doing??’ It was one of those things where as soon as I said it I said ‘I can’t believe I just said that.’”

Despite Claims, Kathy Griffin Not Banned From Today

As she makes the rounds promoting her new Bravo talk show, Kathy Griffin says she won’t be on NBC’s “Today,” because she’s been banned. But a “Today” spokesperson says that’s just not true and calls the whole thing “silly.”

“I just found out, I’m very excited, I’m re-banned from the Today show,” Griffin told USA Today Friday. “Over the years since ‘Suddenly Susan’ in 1996, I have been banned and re-banned from the ‘Today’ show by several people. Katie Couric at one point. Matt Lauer at one point.”

Griffin says her ban this time was brought on by news anchor Natalie Morales.

“What I heard from their team is that I was rude to her at the Golden Globes,” says Griffin.

“The idea that ‘Today’ show anchors and hosts ban guests from appearing on the show is silly,” spokesperson Megan Kopf tells TVNewser. “There was no incident between Natalie and Kathy at the Golden Globes or anywhere else. In fact Natalie is a big fan of Kathy’s.”

Sounds like the way Griffin is promoting her new show, is by talking about how she can’t promote her new show. Bravo and NBC are both NBCU networks.

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