Jon worries about Andy

CNN president Jonathan Klein worries about his star, Anderson Cooper.

“My main concern at this point is no longer whether he can deliver journalistically,” CNN President Jonathan Klein said about Anderson Cooper, his favorite boy star and host of Anderson Cooper 360. Klein was speaking at a screening of Planet in Peril, an environmental documentary in which Cooper travels far afield to exotic and potentially dangerous locations.

“It’s whether he can come back whole. And even there he has a flagrant disregard for his safety and his well-being—let alone just being able to have a personal life.”

Well, Jon, I do not know why you were ever worried about Cooper delivering. He had already proven he had journalistic chops long before he caught your eye. However, that is not the part of the statement I find odd. Why can’t Andy have a personal life? Oh, I see, Jon, you are implying Cooper puts everything on the line, even his own happiness, for his news show.

Psssst, Andy. Go out and have some fun. The show just ain’t worth it. However, Planet in Peril just might be worth the few nights away from home.

Cooper is known for cutting his reporting teeth covering various wars in farflung parts of the world. It seems, however, that Cooper’s main concern on his journeys for Planet in Peril was not the possibility of live grenades being tossed in his direction, but Amazonian sized insects.

Cooper’s co-star, Jeff Corwin, says that the flying-roach-to-human ratio at their Brazilian camp was particularly high thanks to a neon light they used at night, giving him ample opportunity to torment Cooper. “I would just grab handfuls of bugs and throw them at Anderson and listen to him squeal.”

Now girls.

Anderson Cooper and Planet in Peril co-star Jeff Corwin in Thailand
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Planet in Peril premiers on CNN over two nights — October 23 and 24, 2007, at 9 pm ET. Reported by Anderson Cooper, Animal Planet’s Jeff Corwin and CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta Find out more at CNN’s website

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