Anderson Cooper, the host of CNN’s primetime show, seems to be one of the few on the network who hasn’t recently been embroiled in a scandal.
After the opening section and after sharing some momentous information, the host quit his own program. His new son, Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper, was born along with Benjamin Maisani, a former partner, according to that story.
“There’s a lot to get to tonight. But I wanted to start off with some good news, which also happens to be very personal news,” the host said to start the show. “In April 2020, in the early dark days of the pandemic, you may recall I announced the birth of my son, Wyatt. These are the pictures I showed of Wyatt then, taken just days after he was born.”
“Well, this is Wyatt today. He is nearly 22 months old, and he is sweet and funny and the greatest joy in my life. If he looks particularly happy in this picture, it’s because he now has a baby brother. His name is Sebastian, and I would like you to meet him,” he stated before displaying pictures of the newborn.
“This is Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper. He was 6.8 pounds at birth and he is healthy and happy,” he said, showing a video of the infant hiccupping, adding, “Even his occasional hiccups are to me adorable.”
In order to give both of his children the same last name, he said that his ex-partner was his best buddy and that he is in the process of adopting Sebastian.
“We want to thank the amazing doctors and nurses who helped bring Sebastian into the world, and most of all, I thank the surrogate who carried Sebastian and gave birth to him. The sacrifices she and her family — her entire family made — and the love that they gave Sebastian this past year has been extraordinary,” the host said.
“We’ll never forget the kindness and all of her and her family and all surrogates who helped bring new life and new love into the world,” he said.
“When I announced Wyatt’s birth, I said that I like to imagine my mom and dad and brother, all of whom are no longer alive, with their arms around each other, smiling and joyful at his birth.”
“Well, these past 22 months, I felt them watching over us, very strongly. And I already feel their love for Sebastian. The family I was born into may be gone, but I feel them alive in the family that we’ve created, new love and new life,” he said.
“Before he died, my dad wrote ‘Life itself is brief, and yet each life encloses all eternity. We are all of us, separately and together engaged on the same tough journey. Each of us alike, taste of its joys and sorrows. Each of us gets by as best he can. And we must whenever possible, reach out to each other, tentatively to touch with our hands, with our eyes and with our hearts,’” the host said.
Wyatt Emory Cooper, a novelist and screenwriter, was Cooper’s father. He was married to Gloria Vanderbilt, an heiress and socialite.
“We must wish for each other love and laughter, good thoughts and happy days. We must go rejoicing in the blessings of this world, chief of which is the mystery, the magic, the majesty and the miracle of life,” he said, upon introducing John Berman as the show’s host, noting that he would be taking the rest of the week off to play with his children.