Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen reveal they went on a very awkward date

December 27, 2017
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Journalist Anderson Cooper (L) and host Andy Cohen (Getty)

Famous faces Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen have revealed the surprising story of how they met.

The presenters are among the most famous gay public figures in America, and it turns out they originally met on a blind date.

Friends thought the two men would be ideal for each other – but their romantic set-up turned out to be something of a disaster.

Anderson Cooper (Photo ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

“I knew within 45 seconds I was never going on a date with Andy Cohen,” CNN host Cooper told Jimmy Fallon. “Andy violated my cardinal rule.”

“I remember that something that I did made him shut down, so now I know,” Cohen replied.

Cooper went on to detail how Cohen immediately asked him about his famous mother – actress, designer and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt.

“I wanted to date the Vanderbilt boy!” Cohen said. “I was excited!”

While the pair never became romantically engaged, they did go on to form a close friendship.

The pair are now set to co-host CNN’s New Year’s Eve show after comic Kathy Griffin was fired by the network following comments about president Trump.

Griffin shocked America earlier this year when she posed for photographs holding a bloodied, ‘beheaded’ Donald Trump.

The graphic image caused an uproar, with prominent Trump critic Griffin being forced to apologise for the ‘stunt’ in a grovelling video.

Talk show host and comedian Andy Cohen is to take on the role from this New Year’s Eve.

Cohen is a long-time friend of the news anchor, and the two men posted to Instagram about holidaying together this summer.

The Watch What Happens Live host posted on Twitter: “The news is out! I’m co-hosting New Year’s Eve on CNN with @andersoncooper and I could not be more excited!”

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It comes after Griffin said her friendship with Anderson Cooper is officially over.

Cooper, with whom she anchored CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage since 2007, was among those to condemn images of the comic holding Donald Trump’s sethered head.

He posted: ““For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”

She was subsequently fired by the channel, and the photoshoot described as “disgusting and offensive.”

Griffin has now said she was not impressed by the post, as her news anchor friend had not been in touch with her prior.

In fact, the comic now says he didn’t contact her for months following the incident.

To make things worse, Cooper told Andy Cohen during an episode of Watch What Happens Live that he and Griffin were still friends – despite never messaging her about the very public row.

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