Anderson Cooper and CNN crew attacked in Egypt, spawning jokes on TV, radio
Ed Walsh, SF Headlines Examiner
Posted:02/03/2011 11:42 PM
Anderson Cooper attacked in Egypt, spawning jokes on TV, Radio
Radio talk show host Phil Hendrie spent an hour Thursday night hilariously poking fun at CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Hendrie’s pseudo-guest Don Berman, of California TV station Channel 19, talked to Hendrie about being in Cairo, Egypt, and being disturbed about Cooper stealing the limelight after the CNN anchor was attacked a mob of protesters. (Click here to view that CNN tape.) Berman said he was traumatized himself by having to eat oriental pastries and Turkish coffee at the Intercontinental Hotel in Cairo. (The Phil Hendrie Show airs locally here in the San Francisco Bay Area on KNEW 910 AM 10 p.m.- 1 a.m.)
Berman also noted that he had to wear an unlaundered suit while in Cairo.
The Los Angles based newsman told Hendrie, “I wore the same suit for 2 days. It stunk. It stunk when I put it on in LA.”
Anderson Cooper nude in the sauna
Berman several times reminded listeners that Cooper is gay and Gloria Vanderbilt’s daughter. He said he tried to go into the hotel sauna several times but turned around after seeing Cooper there naked, with an unlit cigar in his mouth while talking about his journalistic exploits in front of four nude college-aged men.
Berman said Cooper was “holding forth for all his male interns about all the places he’s been and the people he’s seen.”
“He’s gay and he’s got no towel on,” Berman said. He later explained, “ I didn’t want to go in there with everything hanging out for him to eyeball me.”
The TV comics were also quick to make light of Anderson Cooper being attacked.
Jimmy Kimmel: “Apparently something is going on over in Egypt. Anderson Cooper and his crew got attacked by pro-government forces. He got hit in the head about ten times, and I think he got kicked in the Mini Cooper too.”
Conan O’Brien: “While in Egypt, CNN’s Anderson Cooper was attacked and beaten, which raises two questions. Is it safe to send our media into these places? And how do we get Glenn Beck over there?”
Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart said, “Alright, Hosni (Mubarak) now you have gone to far. Hands off Anderson Cooper. There’s not to be a silvery wisp out of place on that man’s head, on that man’s glorious head. There is only one person, only one person who is allowed to assault Anderson Cooper. “
Jon Stewart then showed video of comedienne Kathy Griffin punching Cooper in the stomach during CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage from Times Square.
“And even she is granted the honor but once a year.” (Watch the Comedy Central video on the left. Stewart talks about Anderson Cooper at 2:45)
Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert told viewers, “But these days it seems like you can’t have an armed street mob without it turning ugly and unfortunately one of the exquisite works of art in the region was damaged namely— Anderson Cooper.
“But folks as bad as it is there, it could get worse because I know because Anderson is still wearing a shirt with a collar Until Anderson puts on the tight black Donna Karan T-shirt, legally the UN does not send in Peacekeepers Click here for that video. Colbert jabs Cooper near the end of the video.