Not yet, says Hadley Freeman. The first daytime talkshow from the CNN reporter showed a surprising lack of news revelation.
So is Anderson Cooper the new Oprah Winfrey? Heck, Oprah made the shift from local news reporter and a brief but celebrated acting career to becoming the behemoth of soapy, slushy talkshows; surely Cooper – the chic-ly grizzled, frequently flak-jacketed but never flustered, CNN reporter – could do the transfer with even more of a flourish. He might be best known for his tendency to throw himself in the way of natural disasters and wars, but he always seemed to take just as much – maybe even more – pleasure in making sarcastic jokes about Snooki and corpsing about Gerard Depardieu’s airplane incontinency.