Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa sat down with Andy Cohen on Wednesday's Watch What Happens Live, where the CNN news anchor got pretty candid about his love life -- including his failed romance with Cohen himself.
Well, "romance" might not be the right word. The two were once set up on a blind date, but Cooper decided he wasn't interested in the Bravo star before the date ever happened.
The story came up when Cohen, apropos of nothing, reminded Ripa that Cooper's mom is the famous socialite and fashion icon, Gloria Vanderbilt.
"Andy and I were first set up on a blind date, which never happened because we had a phone call and after two minutes I said, 'I’m not dating this guy,'" the 49-year-old journalist recounted. "He broke my cardinal rule… he mentioned my mom within the first four sentences of meeting me."
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Cooper also got candid about a few other areas of his sex life, including answering a caller's question about whether he'd ever "been with a woman."
"I’ve gone on a date or two with a woman," he answered, hesitantly.
"That’s not answering the question," Ripa pressed.
"I don’t think I’ve done more than kissing a woman, yeah," Cooper clarified.
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The news anchor also weighed in on Billy Bush's termination from the Today Show in October, following the release of the "Trump Tapes," in which the former Access Hollywood star was recorded having a misogynistic and sexually vulgar conversation with Donald Trump back in 2005.
"We work in an industry that it’s up to viewers who they want to watch,” Cooper said when asked if the 45-year-old TV personality was "unfairly penalized" when NBC released him from his contract. "I understand why the show made the decision they did and this is a tough industry. I think Billy Bush understands the industry."
"I’m sure he'll bounce back in one way or another," he added.
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Meanwhile, Ripa, 46, dished on how close Live!With Kelly is announcing a permanent co-host, sharing, "We really didn't set a time frame for ourselves. We just wanted to wait until we found the right person. What we didn't anticipate was such an outpouring of interest."
"Our list got very long, very quickly, so we've been trying to keep it as narrow as possible," she continued. Cooper was once considered a frontrunner for the co-hosting gig before he re-signed with CNN. Ripa admitted that he was her top pick for the role, calling her friend "the one that got away."
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