One week after revealing that he's now a father, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has made another confession: At 52, he's finally started drinking coffee.
During a May 4 appearance on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert," the host asked the TV journalist if he was getting any sleep with a newborn at home. "It's been a shift," Anderson admitted. "I actually discovered coffee. I only allow myself two a day."
Stephen was shocked. "What do you mean you just discovered coffee — you're 52 years old!"
Anderson admitted it's pretty unusual to not have imbibed the caffeinated beverage all his life. "I can't believe I've gone this long without coffee," he admitted. "I like soda and I figured well there's soda, why have coffee? I don't like hot things so I thought what's the point. I've tried once or twice, on TV, a cup of coffee and I [didn't] see the point. But now I totally get it."
He added, "Now I think I'm addicted because it like, snaps your mind into focus. I wake up thinking, I mean, I think of my son first, but caffeine is a close second," he quipped.
Anderson, who's been on cloud 9 since son Wyatt Morgan Cooper arrived on April 27, went on to explain that he's learned a new trick at the office, where he uses a robotic camera setup to film himself for his daily newscasts. He's one of the few CNN staffers who's still able to go into the network's New York City building due to the coronavirus pandemic, so with no one around to help him, he's had to learn how to use the coffee machine.
"Since I've never made coffee before, since I just started drinking it, I taught myself how to make a nice coffee at the office. It's a revelation," he told the late night host. "Those machines, you just put the packet in. I tried for the longest time to rip it open because I figured you had to pour it, and you don't. Somehow the machine does what I could not do."
Joked Stephen, "You can't be left alone, Anderson Cooper."
Anderson revealed on CNN's coronavirus town hall on April 30 that he'd become a father. He explained that his son's first name honors Anderson's father, who died when the journalist was 10. "My son's middle name is Morgan, which is a family name on my mom [Gloria Vanderbilt]'s side," Anderson further explained. "I know my mom and dad liked the name Morgan because when I was going through her things recently [following her 2019 death] I found a list they made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me."
As photos of the newborn flashed on the screen, Anderson said, "That's Wyatt Morgan Cooper, my son. He was 7.2 pounds at birth, and he is sweet and soft and healthy, and I am beyond happy. As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child and I'm so grateful for those who paved the way." Anderson also shared several photos of his adorable son on Instagram.