Sometimes, Anderson Cooper just gets a bad case of the giggles – on national television.
The latest gigglefest occurred this week on his CNN show Anderson Cooper 360 during the nightly 'RidicuList' segment. He was talking about Dyngus Day, a Polish-American celebration marking the end of Lent.
One of the traditions is girls striking boys with a pussy willow branch and that is what got Cooper giggling. At first just a little bit as he tried to maintain his composure.
But it was soon clear that he was going to completely lose it.
'It's really so stupid,' he said of his inability to stop giggling.
This led to a controversy with some people thinking he was calling Dyngus Day 'stupid.'
He made clear on his show the next night (12 April) that he had nothing against the tradition.
'I am concerned to hear that some people believe that I called Dyngus Day celebrations 'stupid' or in any way criticized this holiday. I did not. While in the midst of a silly giggle fit I said 'this is so stupid' in reference to my inability to stop laughing,' Cooper said. 'I was not saying Dyngus Day was 'so stupid.' I apologize to anyone who got the impression that I was being critical of Dyngus Day. I am genuinely sorry if I offended anyone by the lighthearted tone of the 'RidicuList.'
For his giggle fit, Cooper put himself on the RidicuList. He had done the same last year after a similar on-air incident while discussing actor Gerard Depardieu urinating on an airplane.
Cooper, who has never discussed his sexuality publicly, was on the cover of Out Magazine's annual Out 100 issue in 2007 along with Jodie Foster, another celebrity who does not talk about her personal life.
Below are the videos of Cooper's giggle meltdowns: