Most of the cognizant gay world has known that Anderson Cooper is family for quite some time. He’s been photographed with longtime boyfriend Benjamin Maisani in plain sight and has laughed at himself when called closeted in front of colleagues, but still hasn’t publicly spilled the beans on the cover of People—or posed in his skivvies for Next.
If anonymous sources are to be believed, though, Andy is prepping his unicorn-horn unveiling for his daytime show, Anderson, during the big February sweeps, when networks make even more desperate grabs at ratings.
Gawker’s Brian Moylan published the following tip yesterday:
Daytime talk show “Anderson” is having their first Christmas party [tonight], 15 December [ed’s note: Is this tipster British/Euro? Who else would write the date like that?], at the Russian Tea Room. Anderson Cooper is bringing Benjamin Maisani. And introducing him as his “boyfriend” to the staff. The staff is prepping Anderson’s “coming out” show for the next sweeps. Check the ratings. They’re getting desperate.
Moylan placed a call to the Russian Tea Room and, yes, they are hosting Anderson’s party. The fact that Cooper’s bringing Ben isn’t super-surprising: they kind of live together in a firehouse (and probably have hot power-gay sex in it).
That he will introduce him as his boyfy is notable, but the CNN anchor probably has been doing so with close friends for a while now. Step in the right direction, at least. And the show’s already been renewed for a second season, so they’re not that desperate for ratings.
Perhaps he heard Amber Beard’s call to stars to come out yesterday and just couldn’t ignore it?
Anyway, any CNN insiders want to take us along as a plus-one so we can do some on-the-scene reporting? Or, just, you know, do the reporting yourself and tip us off.
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