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Anderson Cooper Was 'Really Pissed' At His Ex After His Son's Milestone Moment
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Anderson Cooper Was 'Really Pissed' At His Ex After His Son's Milestone Moment

Even when you're as successful as Anderson Cooper, life as a working parent can be difficult.

During an appearance on "The Late Show" on Wednesday, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper lamented missing a milestone in the life of his 1-year-old son, Wyatt Morgan, because he was in Israel for work.

“It was my first work trip for ‘60 Minutes,’ and I was doing an interview, and I got this text from Wyatt’s other father, Benjamin [Maisani], and he said, ‘He just walked!’” he explained to host Stephen Colbert.

Many new parents may have been overjoyed, but Cooper joked, "My reaction was fury."

“I got really pissed at Benjamin,” he continued. “In my household, when I was growing up, you lied about everything. He should have just lied! He should have lied and said, ‘Oh no, he's not walking at all,' so when I got home and he walked, we'd be like, 'Oh my God! It's the first walk!'”

At that point, Colbert joked, "Missing your child's first walk proves you're a father."

I am fortunate that my son is healthy, but many children are fighting for their lives. Francesca “Beans” Kaczynski died at the age of 9 months from a rare brain cancer. Join #TeamBeans and DONATE TO @DanaFarber! pic.twitter.com/qblAYklyd9 — Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) March 11, 2021

Cooper revealed that he would raise Wyatt with Maisani, a New York nightlife entrepreneur, after the couple split in 2018 after nearly a decade together when Wyatt was born in April 2020.

Cooper explained the unusual arrangement to Howard Stern, saying, "My ex is a great guy, and it's good to have two parents if you can."

“I thought, if something happens to me, or even if nothing happens to me, if more people love my son and are involved in his life, I'm all for that,” he added.

Cooper told Colbert this week that he was looking forward to his second Father's Day as a father, a holiday he had avoided since the death of his father, also named Wyatt, when he was 10 years old.

He claims that becoming a father has brought him "in communion" with his own father.

“I remember things about my father that I never remembered before because I’m experiencing them with Wyatt as a father,” he explained, adding, “It’s really interesting.”

Anderson Cooper's appearance on "The Late Show" can be viewed below.

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