Cooper will continue to host his evening news program “Anderson Cooper 360” and make appearances on CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes.”
One of the facets that influenced Cooper’s decision to re-up with CNN was the cabler’s improvement in primetime ratings. The mix of documentary and unscripted series in primetime, where unscripted talent such as Anthony Bourdain and W. Kamau Bell have found a home under CNN president Jeff Zucker, takes the pressure off the main anchors when news is light.
The anchor had been a candidate to join his friend Kelly Ripa as co-host of ABC’s syndicated morning franchise “Live!” following the departure of co-host Michael Strahan from “Good Morning America.” The renewal of his CNN deal effectively removes Cooper from the “Live!” conversation.
Cooper has been highly visible for CNN on the campaign trail during the current presidential election. He will moderate Sunday’s town hall style presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump alongside ABC news’ Martha Raddatz.
Cooper’s deal was brokered by his reps at N.S. Bienstock and United Talent Agency.