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  • Our first guest is an Emmy and Peabody

  • award winning journalist, but most importantly, he's

  • a brand new daddy.

  • Please welcome Anderson Cooper.

  • Hey, how's it going?

  • Woo!

  • Yay!

  • Anderson Cooper, yay!

  • Good.

  • How are you, Anderson?

  • I am great.

  • I'm sort of blissfully happy.

  • Yeah, I'm great.

  • I can't stop smiling.

  • Yeah.

  • You did, you know, a lot of people

  • are rescuing, adopting puppies during this time,

  • and you decided no, I'm going to get myself a baby.

  • Yeah, the shelter was all out of puppies,

  • so I took the extra step.

  • Yeah.

  • No, I knew I wanted to have a family of my own

  • forever and have kids.

  • I love kids, and yeah, I never thought it'd be possible,

  • and it's just yeah, it's just incredible.

  • I apologize, I actually, he just like burped up on me,

  • and I just noticed that I have a stain of milk on my shirt,

  • so sorry.

  • I should've changed.

  • That's all right.

  • I barely see it, and everything is allowed during this time.

  • There it is.

  • Yep, it's Wyatt's DNA.

  • There's one over here, yeah.

  • So anyway.

  • So this is interesting.

  • Obviously that you've been planning

  • this for at least nine months, but the timing

  • of this that it happened during this is crazy,

  • but then it's also in a way beautiful,

  • because you get to be home with him all the time now.

  • It is.

  • Yeah, I mean, it's extraordinary.

  • And you know, I actually was going into work up until about

  • a week, about a couple days before he was born,

  • so I was still going to my office.

  • I was pretty much kind of one of the only people in the office,

  • because everybody else was working from home.

  • But yeah, but now I'm working from home,

  • and it's just amazing.

  • I mean, it's been--

  • to spend, I spend hours.

  • You know how sometimes like, I don't know, in the past

  • I'd be on Instagram, and suddenly like hours

  • would go by and be like, oh my God,

  • I'm never going to get those hours of my life back.

  • I don't even check that anymore.

  • I just like stare at him, and I can watch him for hours,

  • and hours, and hours, do nothing, and it's amazing.

  • Aww, that's really sweet.

  • I know.

  • I bet.

  • I'm sure.

  • And especially when he smiles like that,

  • you wonder like, what--

  • they say it's gas, but it can't be.

  • There must be something in that little head.

  • I don't know.

  • I mean, he definitely is dreaming,

  • because he goes through a whole range of emotions on his face

  • while he's sleeping.

  • It's really, I mean, it's better than Netflix.

  • It's better than, like there's no point in streaming,

  • I can just sit there and stream him.

  • I just watch him all the time.

  • And now I have like a monitor where

  • I can watch him on my phone, which is just obsessive.

  • Yeah.

  • I get it.

  • I totally get it.

  • I mean, I feel like that about my dogs and my cats,

  • so I'm sure a human thing is actually

  • probably more interesting.

  • But--

  • Well, your dogs and cats are probably doing more.

  • Right now, he's just kind of sleeping, and pooping,

  • and eating, but it's pretty fun.

  • But then every single day, and I know Andy Cohen is your friend,

  • so you probably have been watching his baby, you know,

  • change every single day.

  • And that's the beauty is that every single day there's

  • a new little thing.

  • Yeah, I mean he's, you know, he's not even a month old.

  • I mean, he's just a little bit more than a week

  • old or two weeks old, and yeah.

  • He's already changed so much, and like

  • he got a little baby acne today, and I didn't even

  • know that was the thing.

  • I had to Google it, and apparently it is a thing,

  • and it goes away, but yeah.

  • Every day is different.

  • And like he's already focusing more his eyes,

  • and it's yeah, so extraordinary.

  • I mean, I know everybody always says this

  • and how it changes everything, and I hate to be so cliche,

  • but it's yeah.

  • It's just astonishing.

  • That's the word I keep using, astonishing.

  • I'm completely astonished.

  • I'm so happy for you, and I'm going

  • to send you some Proactiv.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • That'll clear that right up.

  • I hear, I think it's a little [INAUDIBLE] maybe,

  • but you know.

  • Well, I don't know.

  • Not really.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • So this is kind of a silly question,

  • because I think I know the answer,

  • but bringing a baby into the world during this time.

  • Well, I'll let you just say what you think.

  • You know, it's scary.

  • I mean, look, I certainly didn't plan, you know,

  • who knew that there would be this pandemic at this time,

  • and obviously, you know, I've actually

  • reported about pandemics for quite a long time.

  • You know, years, and years, and years ago,

  • and years before this, so obviously it's

  • always a possibility and something that we should've

  • been better prepared for, but you know, it is what it is,

  • and people throughout millennia have raised kids

  • in difficult times, in difficult circumstances,

  • and you know, I think life continues.

  • And even when there is sadness and suffering,

  • there is also joy and beauty.

  • And I think it's important to be able to recognize both and live

  • in a world that has both of those extremes

  • and to be able to function in that world, and you know,

  • my mom died this past June.

  • Yeah.

  • Sorry about that.

  • Yeah, but in, you know, in one year

  • to have this incredible juxtaposition of my mom's life

  • ending and and, you know, her grandson's life beginning,

  • it's just extraordinary.

  • And that's what, so Wyatt the name comes from your family,

  • right?

  • Yeah.

  • Tell me the whole--

  • Yeah, so my dad's name was Wyatt Cooper,

  • and he was from Mississippi, grew up poor on a farm,

  • and he died when I was 10 years old,

  • but he was an incredible parent and very,

  • I mean, he always wanted to have kids,

  • and he wrote a book actually about my family and his family

  • in the south, and he wrote it as sort of a letter

  • to my brother and I, because I think

  • he kind of knew he might not be around,

  • because he had heart disease.

  • And so that letter has sort of been like a guidepost for me

  • for much my life.

  • I read it probably once or twice a year I read that book.

  • So I always knew if I had a son, I would name from Wyatt,

  • and Morgan is Wyatt's middle name,

  • and that is my mom's grandmother's married name.

  • My mom's mom's, my grandmother's, maiden name.

  • And so I wanted something from my mom and yeah.

  • And Morgan, also I found--

  • I've been going through my mom's stuff

  • and organizing it in boxes over this past couple months--

  • and I found this list, a handwritten list in pencil

  • that she and my dad had made of possible names for me

  • before I was born, and Morgan was on the list,

  • so I knew that they liked that name.

  • So I thought, OK, let's do that.

  • That's great.

  • That's a great name too.

  • Wyatt Morgan.

  • Let's take a break.

  • Andy.

  • Yep.

  • Take a break.

  • All right.

  • Andy is in the yard, and he's telling me to take a break,

  • so I'll do that.

  • You know, I haven't seen you.

  • You have been on the show in 10 years.

  • I can't believe that.

  • I know.

  • Was it cause I didn't dance last time?

  • I think maybe that's it.

  • I--

  • I think we didn't invite you back because you didn't dance.

  • That's exactly why.

  • But you know what?

  • I actually did you a favor, because it's painful.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • I would like to see it one day actually.

  • I bet now you will dance.

  • Having a son will make you dance.

  • Yeah.

  • But here you are talking about your son, your brand new baby,

  • and your openly gay now.

  • You were not out at the time, and I

  • remember having a conversation with you about that.

  • I don't know if you remember that, but we did talk about it,

  • and I'm really happy that because you came out,

  • and it's a freeing thing.

  • Yeah.

  • Well, I mean, you know, I'd always been--

  • you know, I came out in high school

  • to my friends, and my family, and stuff,

  • and was open at work, but just yes, in a public way I was not.

  • I hadn't made a statement about it, and you know,

  • I never said I wasn't gay or tried to hide it or pretend

  • anything else.

  • I just didn't want to talk about it.

  • But you know, it got to the point

  • my life where not saying something

  • seemed like I was saying something.

  • By not saying something, that seemed

  • like I was indicating that I was somehow ashamed of something

  • or you know, not happy being gay,

  • and the complete opposite has always been the case.

  • And so you know, I consider it, along with Wyatt,

  • one of the great blessings of my life to be gay.

  • And so I felt bad that by not saying something

  • I seemed to be saying something.

  • So even though I'm kind of painfully shy and introverted

  • and stuff, I thought, OK, well, I want to say something,

  • and so I did, and you know, I couldn't be happier.

  • I mean, even though you think you're out,

  • and even though you think everybody knows, and it

  • doesn't matter, it does matter.

  • And it makes a difference, and it's important to say.

  • I think it's important for me to have said the word gay,

  • that I'm gay, and I'm proud of it.

  • It's fantastic, and it's--

  • Well, it's important for people to see somebody

  • and to be represented, you know?

  • I think there are a lot of people out there

  • that don't feel like they're represented enough

  • on television, and so that's, to me, the reason to do it.

  • But I've got to say, I remember being--

  • I think it was like 1992 or maybe '93 in Los Angeles,

  • and there was a big event, an event for equality,

  • and you spoke at it, and I was in the audience,

  • and there was like there were thousands

  • people in the audience, and I just

  • remember it being such this incredible thing when

  • you came out on stage, and I just felt so proud of you,

  • and I mean, as I still to this day

  • do when I see you in all that you've achieved.

  • So you know, I was late to--

  • I wish I'd done it sooner, because it's just you know,