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Anderson Cooper didn’t like Joan Rivers as a kid because she made fun of his mom, Gloria Vanderbilt

Anderson Cooper didn’t like Joan Rivers as a kid because she made fun of his mom, Gloria Vanderbilt

Joan Rivers got some laughs at Gloria Vanderbilt’s expense back in the 70s and 80s but one person who wasn’t laughing was the fashion icon’s son.

That son grew up to be CNN anchor Anderson Cooper who recalled that period during a segment of his show Thursday (4 September) devoted to Rivers who had died earlier in the day.

‘As a kid, I didn’t like her, because she actually made fun of my mom in some jokes when my mom was doing the jeans and stuff,’ Cooper confessed.

‘… As a little kid, I found it upsetting to see her making fun of my mom.’

But he didn’t hold a grudge later on.

‘As an adult when I got to know her I came to actually like her and appreciate her,’ Cooper said.

The openly gay newsman also shared his thoughts on why Rivers was always so popular with the gay community.

‘I think she – beyond her acceptance of people – there was something about how she had overcome all of these obstacles: Her husband committed suicide, she had a child to raise, she was cut off by Carson, and yet she persevered.’