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Late Night Highlight: Anderson Cooper thought Seth Meyers was gay when they first met -- VIDEO

In the world of Hollywood, there are a few key places where stars tend to meet for the first time: At a casting call, on a red carpet, at a Whole Foods, or at a gym. And for Seth Meyers and Anderson Cooper, it was a gym.

On Late Night with Seth Meyers, guest Anderson Cooper talked about meeting Meyers at “pretty much the gayest gym on the planet,” which influenced how Cooper saw Meyers. “I assumed you were gay, ’cause there weren’t a lot of other reasons to be there,” Cooper tells the Late Night host.

Watch their exchange in our late night highlight video below:

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Alec Baldwin vows to quit public life, adds Rachel Maddow to ever-growing enemies list

TMZ, the New York Post, and their ilk have had a lot of fun with Alec Baldwin over the years. A lot of fun. But the embattled former 30 Rock star has had enough, he says in a new New York Magazine cover story: he’s quitting public life. Just think how much the tabloids are going to be missing: They don’t have Alec Baldwin to kick around any more.

The last year has been rough on Baldwin professionally. Privately, it’s been a time of great joy, as he and his wife, Hilaria, welcomed a baby daughter. But even that blessing has been marred by several highly-publicized incidents with paparazzi whom Baldwin says have crossed the line and instigated confrontations. One of those confrontations resulted in accusations that Baldwin had uttered a gay pejorative, leading to his being branded a homophobe by several high-profile out media personalities. As a result, his newly-launched MSNBC talk show, in hindsight, was doomed to failure. Throw in his less momentous but even more fascinating Broadway pissing match with the formerly famous Shia LaBeouf, and Baldwin has had enough. In a 5,284-word confession that is half apology, half Nixonian diatribe, Baldwin settles old scores, makes new enemies, and announces that he’s probably done with New York. “There’s been a shift in my life,” he says. “And it’s caused me to step back and say, This is happening for a reason.”

On the way out the door, he slams a multitude of famous people for incompetence, phoniness, or outright stupidity. If Baldwin is sincere in his intention to retire from the spotlight — at least in the sense of participating in public discourse, both important and frivolous — his final blast was a corker. But I suspect his growing list of enemies will respond, denying him the final word.

1. Rachel Maddow
What Baldwin said: “Another [MSNBC employee] told me, regarding the ‘toxic little queen’ comment, that Rachel Maddow was the prime mover in my firing, as she was aghast that I had been hired and viewed me as equivalent to Mel Gibson. Another source told me, ‘You know who’s going to get you fired, don’t you? Rachel. Phil will do whatever Rachel tells him to do.’ I think Rachel Maddow is quite good at what she does. I also think she’s a phony who doesn’t have the same passion for the truth off-camera that she seems to have on the air.” READ FULL STORY

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin count down to 2014: 5 outrageous things that happened before midnight

It’s out with the old and in with the new – year that is. And for the seventh year in a row, silver fox journalist Anderson Cooper and the feisty and funny Kathy Griffin hosted their annual New Year’s Eve count down live from Times Square on CNN. Griffin sent Cooper a shirtless tweet before the telecast, hinting at some familiar wild antics like in year’s pasts. Would 2013 end differently? Yeah, we didn’t think so either. EW counted down to Midnight with the CNN odd couple and here are five of the most outrageous things that happened on air.
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New Year's Eve specials: Which one is right for you?

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It’s that time of year again, when people on TV giggle over the phrase “balls dropping.” As the countdown to 2014 begins, you might choose to binge-watch your way through zombie carnage or Happy Endings reruns. But if you prefer to watch something live — and by “live,” we mean “while guzzling cheap champagne at a safe distance from Times Square’s Port-O-Potties” — we’ve got you covered. Below, check out our rundown of which special might be right for you.
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New Year's Eve preview: Kathy Griffin already making Anderson Cooper giggle, squirm -- VIDEO

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For years now, the best part of staying in on New Year’s Eve has been watching the battle of wills between Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper on CNN as he worries that she’ll swear, strip, and/or throw something at the artists performing on ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. And, of course, those are very real concerns because she has done all three (and worse), which we’re reminded of in the video below of the duo, along with Griffin’s beloved box wine-loving mother Maggie, previewing this year’s festivities (Dec. 31, 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET). READ FULL STORY

'Hollywood Game Night': Ranking the freakishly fascinating facial mashups

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On Thursday’s Hollywood Game Night, the teams (Max Greenfield, Ellie Kemper, Kal Penn, and plebian Jill vs. Kenan Thompson, Minnie Driver, Angela Kinsey and plebe Dipal) participated in a riveting round of Celebrity Fusion — in which two celebs with a common name had their faces smeared into each other and presented as art. (So basically, Conan’s “If They Mated,” but on a show with a different title.) I’m VERY ashamed of how long it took me to guess the above beauty, but at least I didn’t say “Boy George..Carlin?” like poor JIll.

Doesn’t take much to fascinate me on a summer Friday! I’m gonna rank these creatures from least horrifying to most:

MILDLY SCARY:

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Pamela Anderson Cooper (not not hot)

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Steven Tyler Perry (yikes, but pedestrian)

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Steve Martin Short (Tom Brokaw in a wind tunnel?) READ FULL STORY

Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper, and Frank Ocean make annual OUT Power 50 list

Apple CEO Tim Cook leads OUT Magazine‘s 7th annual list of the 50 most powerful gay men and women in America. Each year, OUT ranks the perceived power and prestige of entertainers, business leaders, politicians, and activists to determine the most influential people in the LGBT community.

Cook is followed by talk show titan Ellen DeGeneres, who holds onto the No. 2 spot for the second year in a row. Glee, American Horror Story, and The New Normal creator Ryan Murphy moves up into third place with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow at No. 4.

This year marks the first time Anderson Cooper is out publicly for his appearance on the list — he’s No. 5 — though he has been included in years past. OUT‘s decision to include power players that are not publicly open about their sexuality has been somewhat controversial and continues this year with FOX News anchor Shepard Smith, who ranks at No. 8, and Matt Drudge (No. 21).

Frank Ocean, who opened up about his bisexuality last year ahead of the release of his Grammy-winning Channel Orange, rounds out the top ten.

Neil Patrick Harris, Bravo exec Andy Cohen, fashion designers Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford, Suze Orman, Jane Lynch, X-Men director Bryan Singer, Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, and RuPaul also appear on the list.

Visit OUT for the complete top 50.

Follow John on Twitter: @JohnMitchell83

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Anne Hathaway haters to the left: Anderson Cooper defends the Oscar winner -- VIDEO

Anderson Cooper is definitely a fan of Anne Hathaway’s.

Yesterday on Anderson Live, Cooper went on a mini-rant, defending the actress from all the backlash she’s received. “She’s incredibly talented. She seems like a lovely person. I think she’s been through a lot. And you know what people have all these judgments about her, they don’t know what she’s really like.” READ FULL STORY

Kathy Griffin talks about Anderson Cooper's crotch on 'Letterman' -- VIDEO

After comedian Kathy Griffin pretended to perform oral sex on the CNN anchor during their annual New Year’s Eve coverage, she went on The Late Show with David Letterman to — well, “apologize” would be the wrong word — explain herself.

“If you think this is the part where I’m gonna apologize for trying to go down on Anderson Cooper, you are sorely mistaken,” she said. Watch the video below!

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Kathy Griffin kisses Anderson Cooper's crotch... for good luck?

How low can she go? That was the question for CNN viewers early Tuesday morning as they watched comedian Kathy Griffin drop to her knees and plant a smooch on Anderson Cooper’s pants zipper during the live New Year’s Eve broadcast from Times Square in New York.

CNN has made a New Year’s Eve tradition of matching the bottled-up Cooper with the uncorked Griffin, who is essentially an imported disaster to keep things interesting for the breaking news pro. Griffin stripped down to her bra during last year’s broadcast, for instance, a searing memory that had Cooper twitching with anxiety as soon as this year’s edition began at 10 pm on Monday. “I’m sweating already,” admitted the man who has covered atrocities in Rwanda, bedlam in Lebanon and calamity in Louisiana. Griffin didn’t calm him with her response, which hinted at her future target:  “I’m going to tickle your sac.” Shortly after midnight, Griffin casually lowered herself to Cooper’s crotch and delivered a kiss that was audible to the television audience.

To add a touch of the surreal to the seamy stunt, Griffin’s maneuver was apparently inspired by a report by a CNN correspondent in Eastport, Maine, who was explaining with a weird gusto the briny local tradition of kissing a giant sardine on the final night of the year.

With all the chum in the water, Griffin wasn’t about to let her victim off the hook  and the broadcast devolved into a strange dance in confined quarters – it was like Life of Pi but this tiger was wearing lipstick. “You’re scaring me,” Cooper said in a flat voice of a victim who can’t process the horror in front of them. He added: “This is getting to be the night bad things happen.”  That may be the perfect soundbite to promote next year’s broadcast or, come to think of it, an efficient catchphrase for any holiday with spiked punch.

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