Why Anderson Cooper Will Never Leave CNN No Matter How Much Money Another Network Offers Him

Anderson Cooper is still doing the news every day during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He’s even going into the CNN studio for broadcasts and interviews. When he’s home, he gives interviews to the likes of Stephen Colbert via video chat. 

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Cooper appeared on The Howard Stern Show on May 12. Stern asked Cooper what it would take to get him to leave CNN, and Cooper said nothing because he won’t leave. Anderon Cooper 360 airs nightly at 8 p.m. on CNN.

Anderson Cooper still has at least two years on his CNN contract

This conversation is all hypothetical right now. Cooper is under contract with CNN for at least two more years. Cooper became a CNN anchor in 2001 after 9/11. Prior to that he’d been an anchor for ABC, and host of the reality TV competition The Mole.

“I don’t know that anyone wants a contract to be up during a global pandemic, by the way,” Cooper told Stern. “I got a couple years. I’m very happy. I’m very lucky.”

Anderson Cooper wouldn’t leave CNN for double the money

CNN reportedly pays Cooper $12 million per year. That leaves another $24 million on his current contract, and a potential renewal at at least the same rate. Should a rival network offer him $24 million per year, Cooper still wouldn’t take it. 

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“No, I would not,” Cooper said. “I’m very happy. I’m very happy. First of all, no one’s going to double my salary. I’m able to work at 60 Minutes. I’m able to work at CNN.”

No one else does what CNN and ‘60 Minutes’ do

Cooper joined the 60 Minutes team in 2007, but it’s not just moonlighting for the legendary news magazine show that earns CNN his loyalty. Cooper does a lot of on location reporting, from Hurricane Katrina to war zone coverage. He does not believe another network, even MSNBC, would allow him as many opportunities.

“MSNBC doesn’t have people traveling around the world,” Cooper said. “A lot of people are thinking about a lot of stuff but they’re not doing it. CNN is doing it and that’s what I’d like to do.”

Anderson Cooper doesn’t need the money either

$12 million is far more than most people’s salaries, so Cooper is pretty well set for life. He’s also reportedly very frugal with that money. Plus, he stands to inherit his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt’s estate, which could range from $1.5 – 2 million. Cooper said she never cared about money either, and she inherited a railroad fortune plus made her own in modeling and fashion.

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“I am my mother’s son,” Cooper said. “Money is not my thing. I wish it was. My mom lived a big life and made a lot of money, spent a lot of money, had people embezzle money. She wasn’t interested in money. I know people would imagine that’s what she was interested in. She had no sense of it. She cared about being generous to her friends and having a nice physical environment and creating art.”

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UK holidays will never be the same – with timed meals, pre-booked pool slots and beach visitor limits, says tourism boss

CORNWALL's tourism boss has warned of timed breakfast and lunch slots, a cap on the number of beach visitors and shorter hotel stays when holidaymakers return to the region.

Malcom Bell says tourists can expect a "different kind of holiday" in the UK when they visit Cornwall once the lockdown is over.

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It follows the warning from Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove who told MPs that "at the moment and for some time to come" members of the public should not travel to visit popular British seaside resorts such as Cornwall.

Mr Bell told Sun Online Travel: "The issue is what was the definition of 'some time'."

"If we're talking weeks, we all understand that as it is important to maintain the current message.

"If we're talking about this entire year, or saying don't bother in the summer, then it's very, very worrying."

He explained how holidays are likely to change when restrictions are lifted: "Buffets you will see disappear, doors will be left open so people don't touch handles, social distancing markers will be seen."

"At attractions you might see timed tickets, to stop people standing outside and queueing for hours."

"Guests may have to even pre-book time at swimming pools.

"This could be the same for breakfast at hotels – guests might have to have breakfast slots if the resort only has three tables due to social distancing."

Tourists could also find themselves spending much less time at their accommodation too: "Self-catering might change too, such as you can only be in from 4pm but must be out by 9:30am as they need to do a deep clean.

"This might mean taking out all the toy boxes, the DVDs, the games and the books, as consumers will want to see cleanliness."

When it comes to beach visits, one of the main selling points for tourism, this may also see visitor caps.

Malcom said: "Beaches is the big question.

"In one regard, the challenge changes on the tide – if it comes in, it will push people closer together.

"While we do have a lot of beaches for spacing, tourist boards may introduce traffic restrictions meaning only limited capacity at beach car parks."

However, with cafes and restaurants unable to operate on less than 50 per cent capacity, it has led to fears that local businesses may not be able to last past summer if they are unable to open.

While he said that a "managed opening in July and August" is understandable, Malcom warned that they already have 75 to 80 per cent of bookings for those two months.

Previous comments from the tourism boss raised fears that it could be "the end for 80 per cent of the business" in Cornwall.

He added: "This has scared us rigid.

"There is a lot of creative thinking going on and how to cope with high capacity."

"The British public will have to learn to accept different approaches to things and see the positive."

Cornwall has launched their newest tourism campaign, #ComeBackLater campaign, asking people to avoid the area until the lockdown is lifted.

The tourist boards along with emergency service authorities and local establishments have all urged people to stay away.

According to local media, the message states: "Do not come – how dare you put yourself before the lives of others."

It comes as Brits are slammed for non-essential visits to the coast – one couple made a 530-mile trip from Surrey to Cornwall and told police it was because they were “stressed about their exams”.

Another family were stopped by police after driving 300 miles from Kent to Cornwall for a mini-break during the lockdown.


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