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Anderson Cooper turned down blind date with Andy Cohen

Emmy-winning presenters Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper have been friends for 25 years, but it only took 45 seconds for the CNN journalist to turn down the Bravo executive before their blind date.

‘You know when straight people know two gay guys, they’re like, “Oh you guys should meet.” We had a phone call to set up the date, I was a young reporter at NBC, he was at CBS,’ 50-year-old Anderson recalled on Friday’s Tonight Show.

‘And he violated my cardinal rule, which is he asked me about my mom [Gloria Vanderbilt] within the first minute of talking to me.’

  

Denied! Emmy-winning presenters Andy Cohen (L) and Anderson Cooper (R) have been friends for 25 years, but it only took 45 seconds for the CNN journalist to turn down the Bravo executive before their blind date

At that, 49-year-old Andy gushed: ‘I wanted to date the Vanderbilt boy! I was excited! I remember something that I did made him shut down so now I know!’

Cohen went on describe how radically different their childhoods were in Missouri and Manhattan.

‘His mother took him to Studio 54 when he was 11,’ the Superficial author explained. ‘When I was 11, I had a paper route in St. Louis.’

Meanwhile, from age 10-13, Cooper was a Ford Model posing up a storm for Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Macy’s. 

50-year-old Anderson recalled on Friday's Tonight Show: 'He violated my cardinal rule, which is he asked me about my mom [Gloria Vanderbilt] within the first minute of talking to me'

50-year-old Anderson recalled on Friday’s Tonight Show: ‘He violated my cardinal rule, which is he asked me about my mom [Gloria Vanderbilt] within the first minute of talking to me’

At that, 49-year-old Andy gushed: 'I wanted to date the Vanderbilt boy! I was excited! I remember something that I did made him shut down so now I know!'

At that, 49-year-old Andy gushed: ‘I wanted to date the Vanderbilt boy! I was excited! I remember something that I did made him shut down so now I know!’

'His mother took him to Studio 54': Cohen had a paper route in St. Louis when he was 11, while Cooper worked as a Ford Model from ages 10-13 in Manhattan

'His mother took him to Studio 54': Cohen had a paper route in St. Louis when he was 11, while Cooper worked as a Ford Model from ages 10-13 in Manhattan

‘His mother took him to Studio 54’: Cohen had a paper route in St. Louis when he was 11, while Cooper worked as a Ford Model from ages 10-13 in Manhattan

The Boston University grad impersonated the 93-year-old heiress (M) talking to her privileged boy: 'Anderson, you have sportswear today. Anderson's so tired from smiling today in his formalwear!' (pictured in 2016)

The Boston University grad impersonated the 93-year-old heiress (M) talking to her privileged boy: ‘Anderson, you have sportswear today. Anderson’s so tired from smiling today in his formalwear!’ (pictured in 2016)

The Boston University grad impersonated the 93-year-old heiress talking to her privileged boy: ‘Anderson, you have sportswear today. Anderson’s so tired from smiling today in his formalwear!’ 

The Yale grad then deadpanned: ‘For some reason, he thinks my mom has a Southern accent.’

For the last two years, Andy and Anderson have performed their show AC2, which will next be staged at New York’s Beacon Theatre on January 26-27.

But first, Cohen has already started having fittings to replace his estranged former employee Kathy Griffin with Cooper on CNN New Year’s Eve Live after she was fired for posing with a bloody President Trump mask.  

Silver foxes: For the last two years, Anderson and Andy have performed their show AC2, which will next be staged at New York's Beacon Theatre on January 26-27

Silver foxes: For the last two years, Anderson and Andy have performed their show AC2, which will next be staged at New York’s Beacon Theatre on January 26-27

Fired! But first, Cohen has already started having fittings to replace his estranged former employee Kathy Griffin (L, pictured in 2016) with Cooper on CNN New Year's Eve Live after she was fired for posing with a bloody President Trump mask

Fired! But first, Cohen has already started having fittings to replace his estranged former employee Kathy Griffin (L, pictured in 2016) with Cooper on CNN New Year’s Eve Live after she was fired for posing with a bloody President Trump mask

Experienced: The Real Housewives producer - who didn't mention the 57-year-old comedian  - previously hosted NBC's New Year's Eve Game Night alongside Carson Daly (2-R) in 2015

Experienced: The Real Housewives producer – who didn’t mention the 57-year-old comedian – previously hosted NBC’s New Year’s Eve Game Night alongside Carson Daly (2-R) in 2015

The Real Housewives producer – who did not mention the 57-year-old controversial comedian on the Tonight Show – previously hosted NBC’s New Year’s Eve Game Night alongside Carson Daly in 2015.

It’s been two months since the two-time Emmy winner called her boss ‘deeply misogynistic’ and claimed he offered her cocaine during a 17-minute rant on YouTube – which Cohen denied on Twitter.

On Saturday, Kathy – who just concluded her Laugh Your Head Off World Tour – shared a holiday snap of herself wearing a red ‘naughty elf’ costume while sledding in on a snowy hill.

Cohen denied it: It's been two months since the two-time Emmy winner called her boss 'deeply misogynistic' and claimed he offered her cocaine during a 17-minute rant on YouTube

Cohen denied it: It’s been two months since the two-time Emmy winner called her boss ‘deeply misogynistic’ and claimed he offered her cocaine during a 17-minute rant on YouTube

Still smiling: On Saturday, Kathy - who just concluded her world tour - shared a holiday snap of herself wearing a red 'naughty elf' costume while sledding in on a snowy hill

Still smiling: On Saturday, Kathy – who just concluded her world tour – shared a holiday snap of herself wearing a red ‘naughty elf’ costume while sledding in on a snowy hill



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