CNN has Anderson Cooper’s back. The network is defending the journalist after his ex colleague Piers Morgan said some harsh things about him.
Speaking to various outlets to promote his new job as an editor at the Daily Mail, Morgan blamed the silver fox for bad ratings of his (now) canceled show, which was right before Cooper’s AC 360. He believes Anderson was better suited for the field than the studio.
“CNN publicist Megan Rivers told Politico. “It is sad that Piers is trying to find a new job by misrepresenting how he performed in his old one.”
Morgan responded via Twitter: “I have no wish to get into a Reservoir Dogs sequel with CNN. However, let me just respond by saying I’m not remotely sad.”
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Morgan also took another shot at Cooper, writing that he thought “he was terrific on The Mole,” an old reality competition on ABC.
TO EACH HIS OWN
What’s in a name? When Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes’ baby reaches 18, they may have some explaining to do. TMZ got ahold of the Hollywood couple’s birth certificate and apparently they are calling their daughter Esmeralda Amada. OK we get the middle name — it was Eva’s character in the 2007 movie We Own the Night. But Esmeralda? Maybe they’re big Bewitched fans?
BACK AT WORK
Newly married British lawyer Amal Alamuddin will advise Greece in its attempt to get the Parthenon Marbles back from the U.K.
The barrister, who married actor George Clooney in Venice last month, will visit Athens next week to give legal advice to the Greek government. Alamuddin’s firm, Doughty Street Chambers, said Thursday that she would meet Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and other officials.
The fate of the 2,500-year-old marbles, originally part of the Parthenon temple, is a longstanding issue between Britain and Greece. The friezes were taken by British diplomat Lord Elgin 200 years ago and now are exhibited in the British Museum. In February, George touched a nerve in Britain by suggesting the country should consider returning the marbles to Greece.
After years of rumors, there are finally plans for a new Ghostbusters, and it will be led by a female cast.
Bridesmaids filmmaker Paul Feig said that he will direct a reboot of the ghost-fighting comedy franchise starring, as he said on Twitter, “hilarious women.”
Casting has yet to be announced, but Melissa McCarthy would be a good bet. Feig has made three movies in a row with McCarthy, including the upcoming Spy.
NO MORE EXCUSES
Vice President Joe Biden is teaming up with Law & Order star Mariska Hargitay to do television ads raising awareness about domestic violence. NBC Universal says the public service announcements featuring Biden and Hargitay will appear on its USA Network on Oct. 19 during a 14-hour marathon of Law & Order episodes. The marathon is being dubbed “No More Excuses” and the ads will encourage people to get involved in efforts to stop domestic violence and sexual assault. Hargitay directed the ads, which will include dozens of other public figures.