If only Anderson Cooper had held out a bit longer for Regis to retire he could have slipped into that chair and avoided the debacle his new daytime show is becoming.
Instead, just three weeks in, Gawker reports that a teenage skateboarder in now in a coma after one of Anderson’s producers encouraged him to go out “and film the crazy stuff you do” for an episode on how the teenage brain works.
In a statement to Gawker Anderson’s show confirmed the accident had taken place but was careful not to take responsibility.
Our producers were working with a teen and his parents on a show about the science of the Teenage Brain, based on a National Geographic story. As part of our routine process, we ask guests for video footage and photos. We did not provide the family with a camera. On the morning that they were supposed to travel to NYC, we learned that the teen had been injured. We are very concerned about him, and are thinking of him and his family at this time.
Cooper issued the following statement to Gawker:
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.
But this is not going away quietly. The Today show devoted an entire segment to the incident this morning — with a special appearance by Gawker’s John Cook (nice to see NBC treating Gawker as a reliable news source) — repeatedly connecting it with reckless talk show incidents of the past like the Jenny Jones guest who murdered his best friend after he revealed himself to be gay on air.
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