Never one to hold her tongue, attorney turned reality actress Star Jones said that CNN’s Anderson Cooper revealed that he was gay to boost ratings for his show Anderson Cooper 360, reports The Daily Mail UK.
But she didn’t stop there. To show just how manipulative she believed Cooper to be, she compared him to media mogul Oprah Winfrey, whom she believes admitted to a troubled youth full of taboos to boost the ratings of the Oprah Winfrey Show.
“[Cooper is] a daytime talk show host and when the rating slip in daytime, the hosts tend to tell you lots of things about them.
“I remember Oprah said she smoked crack, Oprah said she was pregnant at 14 and considered suicide,’ Jones said. ‘There [are] times when you generate information for ratings.”
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Jones jokingly attempted to show remorse for her statement with a sarcastic, “Whoa, I’m sorry that I said that.”
Winfrey had her own dramatic coming out moment in 1995 when she addressed her troubled youth in a conversation with guests plagued by drug addiction:
“Let me say this, and this is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever said,” [her] voice beginning to crack. “Hold on just a second,” she said as she tried to regain her composure.Turning to one of the guests who had admitted smoking crack, Winfrey said, “I relate to your story so much because of what Patrice just said about being introduced to drugs by men in your life.”
She continued, “In my 20’s, I’d done this drug and I know exactly what you are talking about.” She said the drug use occurred while she was an anchorwoman on a television news show.
“It’s my life’s great big secret. It was such a secret because–I realize (with) the public person I have become–if the story ever were revealed, the tabloids would exploit it and what a big issue it would be.”
She went on to explain, “But I was involved with a man in my 20s who introduced me to the same drug that you’ve been talking about and, like Patrice, I always felt that the drug itself is not the problem but that I was addicted to the man.” She admitted: “I can’t think of anything I wouldn’t have done for that man.”
As previously reported by NewsOne, Cooper’s announcement was a lot more low-key:
“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself and proud,” he wrote in the letter, published by Andrew Sullivan of the Daily Beast.
“I still consider myself a reserved person and I hope this doesn’t mean an end to a small amount of personal space,” he wrote. “But I do think visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter’s shield of privacy.”
The irony of this critique coming from Jones is pretty spectacular. She has made a media career by encouraging speculation about her gastric bypass surgery, her “beefs” with Barbara Walters and NeNe Leakes, and most recently caused a stir by — wait for it — criticizing reality television personalities. That is, until, she and Evelyn Lozada kissed and made up via Twitter.
We wonder what stunt she will pull for media attention next?