By Ran Aubrey Frazier
Originally published on Advocate.com April 01 2014 3:13 PM ET
In an attempt to clear the air, Anderson Cooper opened up about his ongoing tensions with Alec Baldwin during in an interview on The Howard Stern Show.
"I got no beef," Cooper proclaimed Monday, rebutting any presumption that he still harbors ill will toward Baldwin as a result of last November's incident between Baldwin and a photographer. In the testy exchange, Baldwin reportedly called the photographer a "cocksucking little faggot," although he later denied using the word "faggot." Baldwin apologized for using the first term, stating that he did not realize it was an antigay pejorative. Cooper took him to task for his statements in a panel discussion on CNN in November, stating if "you don't know that ... calling someone a c-sucking fag, whether or not you say fag or not, but c-sucking to another guy, that that's an antigay statement, that is just a lie. And for him to say, 'Oh, I was informed of this afterward,' I mean, come on!"
During Monday's interview with Howard Stern, Cooper again chafed at the notion that a reasonable adult would not understand that "cocksucker" was a slur. The CNN anchor told Stern, who also claimed that he used the word "all the time" before realizing its inappropriateness, "When you want to say something and the worst thing you can possibly think of to say to something, which is what this situation was, [is] to talk about a sexual act between two guys," the implication is that it is antigay.
Cooper continued, however, "I have no idea what's in [Baldwin's] head." Citing a February opinion piece in Vulture in which Baldwin defended himself against accusations of homophobia, Cooper expressed his surprise "at how upset [Baldwin] seemed to get for some reason at me."
"I sent my little two tweets six months ago. I'm done," Cooper declared. Watch below.