Anderson Cooper's new daytime show, Anderson, is under fire and facing tragedy after less than a month on the air. A teenager is in a coma after a producer the daytime talk show encouraged him to film the crazy stuff you do, according to Gawker. The unnamed boy was supposed to be part of an episode exploring the teenaged brain.
Cooper released a statement this weekend on the accident. I was very saddened to hear the news of this accident, and want to express my deepest concerns for the teenager who was injured, he said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. I take this situation seriously, and my thoughts and prayers are for his health, well-being and recovery are with him and his family.
The teenager sustained his injuries while filming himself skateboarding. A rep for Anderson confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter denied blame for the incident. As part of our routine process, we ask guests for video footage and photos, an official statement read. We did not provide the family with a camera.
The episode, based on a recent National Geographic article, was never broadcast.
Cooper began moonlighting as a daytime host less than a month ago. He has already faced criticism from fellow journalists for making the move to daytime at all. Everybody has different sides to them, he told the New York Times in early September, in response to the comments. I don't think there's anything wrong with wanting to work different jobs that show different sides of you.