Star Jones: 'Anderson Cooper Came Out For The Ratings'

July 3rd, 2012 2:26pm EDT

Star Jones On the Today Show this morning, Star Jones says: Forget about all that high and mighty stuff Anderson Cooper wrote about in his coming out email. You know, all the stuff about speaking out and standing up as a public figure for all those kids out there who are bullied for being gay, etc. etc.?

Instead, the former View chatterbox and Today Show regular claims Anderson Cooper came out for the ratings!

The morning after the veteran CNN journalist's coming out email went viral, Star Jones said live, on air, for the world to hear: “When the ratings slip in daytime, the hosts tend to tell you lots of things about them.”

"I'm a bit of a cynic," she continues, citing Oprah as an example. " said she smoked crack, Oprah said that she was pregnant at 14 and considered suicide."

"There are times that you generate information for ratings," Jones concluded.

Oh, that's it after all.

I get it now. After decades of silence, Anderson was motivated to come out to save the sinking ship that is Anderson Cooper 360.

This contentious statement was helped along by fellow "Today's Professionals" panelist Donny Deutsch.

The former host of CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch said, even though Cooper may not have intended a ratings surge by way of emerging from the closet, “the reality is, more people will tune into his show today.”

Who knows? Maybe the only reason Star is even saying this is to make herself more relevant. Perhaps that whole Celebrity Apprentice stint wasn't enough for her.

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