Anderson Cooper Isn’t Trying To Replace Oprah

Anderson Cooper will be a very busy bee come fall.  The Yale-educated son of Gloria Vanderbilt will host a daytime talk show, Anderson on CNN.  Add this to his already-packed itinerary – hosting Anderson Cooper 360 and contributing to 60 Minutes – and you’ve got yourself the newsman’s Ryan Seacrest.

“For some people, the news doesn’t connect with their daily lives, but on daytime television, you can connect with an audience in an emotional way,” said the Silver Fox, who plans to interview both celebrities and everyday people, according to Canada’s National Post.  Cooper has been careful to stress that he is, in no way, trying to replace the queen of talk shows herself-Oprah Winfrey.  He believes Ms. Winfrey will still be a force to be reckoned with in the media.

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Read more on what to expect from Cooper’s new show after the jump.

“I find it rewarding doing CNN and 60 Minutes, but it’s nice to exercise different muscles,” Cooper explained at a CTV press conference in Toronto, Canada yesterday.  “I watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Atlanta as much as anyone else, and I don’t think that makes me any less credible because I care about Syria, as well.”

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