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article imageTwo gut-wrenching events for CNN's Anderson Cooper

By Joan Firstenberg     Oct 3, 2011 in Entertainment
New York - CNN Super Anchor Anderson Cooper has a new daytime talk show, which not only is getting a lot of "buzz", but has already added a few very sad and shocking events to its programming
CNN's widely popular anchor, Anderson Cooper is busy trying to jump-start his three-week old daytime talk show, "Anderson". But it's already had two "wow" moments, which could either help or hurt the famous one's program.
The New York Daily News reports that a teenager preparing for an appearance on the show is now in a coma, after following show instructions to film his wild behavior. The teen was supposed to be within a segment on the teenage mind. Instead, he took a spill on his skateboard, while trying to film himself, and is now in a coma. A representative says,
"As part of our routine process, we ask guests for video footage and photos. [But] we did not provide the family with a camera."
Entertainment Weekly reports that Anderson, 44, offered the boy's family his condolences,
"I was very saddened to hear the news of this accident, and want to express my deepest concerns for the teenager who was injured. I take this situation seriously, and my thoughts and prayers for his health, well-being and recovery are with him and his family."
The Daily News also reports that on this same new show, Cooper brought his mom, Gloria Vanderbilt to the guest seat to have a heart to heart. And what a discussion it was. The main topic was his brother Carter's suicide, who in 1988, jumped from the 14trh floor of the family's New York penthouse.
Former "poor little rich girl" and fashion designer, Vanderbilt describes it,
"He was sitting on the wall with one foot hanging over and he kept looking down and I kept begging him [to come back]. When he went … I thought he was going to come back, but he didn't. He let go, and there was a moment when I thought I was going to jump over after him."
The 87-year old Vanderbilt then told Anderson, who was 21 at the time, that he was the one who gave her a reason to continue living.
"I thought of you and it stopped me from [jumping]. There's never closure on something that happens like this.”
This isn't the first time the subject has come up. Vanderbilt talked about it in her 1997 book, "A Mother's Story.” In it, she said she thought an allergy to anti-asthma medication was involved with Carter's decision to take his life.
Anderson describes the experience as mournful, but says it is one of the reasons he is inspired by his mother.
"You have survived so many things," he said. "This custody battle when you were 10 years old, the loss of your father when you were an infant, the loss of Carter, of my dad, your husband and so many others. It hasn't made you tough. It hasn't hardened you. You're still open to experience and open to new loss and open to new heartbreak and to new love."
But commenter Chairman Mao had this to say about this sort of TV tell-all moment,
People should deal with their tragedy with dignity, instead of getting on the news and telling the world about their misery and failures.
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