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WATCH: Anderson Cooper Reveals Crush on Male Teen Idol

Since finally coming out publicly as gay last July, Anderson Cooper just keeps the revelations coming. The recent recipient of GLAAD’s prestigious Vito Russo Award now shares his crush on a certain male heartthrob of yesteryear.


While playing a guessing game on his daytime chat show Anderson Live! with guests Andy Cohen and Arrested Development‘s Jessica Walters, Cooper revealed why the late ’70s-early ’80s were such, ahem, happy days. The host guessed the titles of popular TV series of the era while his guests gave clues. When Walters offered, “One of the stars was Anderson’s childhood crush.”

“Which one?” asks the host, before answering Joanie Loves Chachi. Ding!

“Wait, was the crush Scott Baio?” Cohen asks. (Did you really think Erin Moran stood a chance, Andy?)

“Yeah,” Anderson confesses, adding that Baio was once a guest on the show, but that he “didn’t have the courage to tell him” that he was one of his childhood crushes.

Cohen tells Cooper, “Having met him it’s better you didn’t.”

Well, now he knows AC, but as Baio is a conservative Republican and his wife once posted an anti-lesbian rant on Facebook, you probably shouldn’t expect flowers anytime soon.

By:          JEREMY KINSER
On:           Apr 6, 2013
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    • avesraggiana

      Eeeeek!!!! No!!!! Not Scott Baio?!

      I’ve always held Anderson Cooper in high regard, but Scott Baio?! I myself had the wet panties for Jon Schneider on Dukes of Hazzard.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jonty Coppersmith

      I can’t believe Mr. Cooper said that out loud.
      Alas, my childhood crushes included Robert Conrad AKA “Jim West” and Patrick Duffy AKA
      “The Man From Atlantis”.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 2:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • northwest

      Last night on Jimmy Fallon Anderson talked about another crush he had, Robbie Benson. Hopefully Robbie isn’t right wing homophobic scum like Baio these days.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • yaoming

      Never liked Scott Baio, never understood what the girls saw in him… but who am I to talk? I was in love with Albert on Little House on the Prairie.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Icebloo

      Scott Baio was always wimpy and ugly. Once his career disappeared he became more famous in Hollywood for being a loser who constantly chased women. OF COURSE he would identify as a repugnant Republican !

      Apr 6, 2013 at 4:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Icebloo

      @avesraggiana: Jon Schneider is a repugnant Republican too ! What is WRONG with you gays ???!!!!

      Apr 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • northwest

      Andy Cohen may have been able to convince AC that Baio is a douche.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 5:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran

      Where’d you find that picture of Scott Baio in a diaper?

      Apr 6, 2013 at 7:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hf2hvit

      @Kieran: EASY! He goes to the same hookers as David Vitter

      Apr 6, 2013 at 9:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • greyhound1954

      I always thought Scott was pretty cute. When I was a young bi boy, spending my nights alone in front of the TV, I had crushes on Greg and Marcia Brady, Keith and Laurie (sp) Partridge, and Will and Penny Robinson.

      Apr 6, 2013 at 11:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jniceny

      He was in a teen gay football afterschool special. http://scottbaio.wordpress.com/2012/08/

      Apr 6, 2013 at 11:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • enfilmigult

      @Jonty Coppersmith: Oh man, right with you on Robert Conrad on “Wild Wild West.”. So handsome, and those tight, tight pants he wore…I wonder if that show’s on DVD now, ha ha.

      Apr 7, 2013 at 10:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead

      AC should have crushed on “Rex Smith”…can’t go wrong that much of a man…..

      Apr 7, 2013 at 11:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hudson

      @yaoming: I’m with ya buddy. Albert was soooo cute. what became of him? We’re dating ourselves here!

      Apr 7, 2013 at 5:35 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kurt_t

      My only teen crush that I’m willing to admit to is Peter Frampton.

      And maybe-eee, ummm…

      No. No, just Peter Frampton.

      Apr 8, 2013 at 1:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvlaries

      Thank God Andy’s taste graduated to muscular bar owners.

      Apr 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bondisteve

      Although it pains me now (no pun intended) to say, my crush was on Kirk Cameron as Mike Seaver on Growing Pains.

      Now there’s a Douche!

      Apr 12, 2013 at 4:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Bellerophon69

      Euuwwww! Not Scott Baio?!?

      May 9, 2013 at 5:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Superman

      Let’s see: Joanie Loves Chachi, Dukes of Hazzard, Wild Wild West, Man From Atlantis, Brady Bunch, and some references I don’t even recognize. All I can say is: Y’all is old, bitches!

      My first crush was Tom Welling when he first came out in Smallville way back in 2001. That huge package has held up very well. If you put him in a lineup with Brandon Routh and Henry Cavill, well…you’ll have a Super-protein filled buffet! Yum! Seconds, thirds, and a doggie bag to go please!

      Jun 15, 2013 at 9:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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