CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has professed his love for Bravo’s reality show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and his favorite housewife, NeNe Leakes, on two separate talk shows within one week.
While sitting in for Regis Philbin on “Live with Regis and Kelly,” the newsman dished about how much he loves the series, and described in particular his affection for its most ample-bosomed cast member, NeNe.
Several days later, Cooper was a guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” appearing via satellite from his CNN headquarters. Somehow, he got on the subject of NeNe, but Ellen had yet to see the show.
“Honey,” the CNN veteran said, “I don’t even know where to begin with NeNe.” Alluding to Leakes’ bust, Cooper held his hands out from his chest and said, “You have to sort of watch to enjoy the fullness of NeNe.”
In an interview with E! Online, Leakes said her phone didn’t stop ringing and the text messages didn’t stop coming from friends and family who were watching “Ellen” at the time.
“I told my husband, ‘You know Anderson Cooper? He spoke about me,’” Leakes said. “And he said, ‘Anderson Cooper? The guy with the white hair? No, he didn’t!’ We think it’s great. We love it.”
As for DeGeneres not being a viewer? “I need to update Ellen,” Leakes said. “The girl is lost, and she needs to call me so I can let her know what ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ is all about.”
Leakes forgives Cooper for mispronouncing her name (it’s NeeNee, not NayNay), and has now begun imagining the fun times she thinks she could have with the silver-haired anchor.
“I would just talk to him and keep it real,” she said, adding, “Let’s just get down and dirty and talk about whatever. I’d wear a nice little top, since he’s talking about my chest. I don’t know if he’s had any brown sugar.”