Anderson Cooper, who has braved angry mobs in Egypt, faced potential radiation poisoning in Japan, and rescued a bloodied child in Haiti, shows a decidedly less hard-hitting side on his new daytime show. Case in point: On the second episode of Anderson yesterday, Coop went for a spray tan with—who else?—Jersey Shore star Snooki. (Lest you forget, AC has mocked Snooks more than once on his primetime show.) Both New York and Gawker seemed to take away one major thing from the segment: Cooper took off his shirt!
"The entire premise was a thinly veiled excuse to get Cooper shirtless on his new show as soon as possible, and to that end, it was an unqualified success," writes Kyle Buchanan. "It turns out Cooper's got quite the chiseled torso!" chimes in Matt Cherette. Oddly prophetically, Mary McNamara had earlier reviewed Monday's Anderson premiere in the Los Angeles Times, and bemoaned the fact that Coop's interests seem to be "eerily similar to every other daytime talk show host's. ... After all, what’s the point of being Anderson Cooper if you’re just going to waste it on hanging out with Snooki?" (Read more Anderson Cooper stories.)