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Anderson Cooper Explains Why He Is Not Taking Paternity Leave after Becoming a Dad

Busayo Ogunjimi
May 09, 2020
08:00 P.M.

CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper revealed that he wouldn't be taking paternity leave after welcoming his first child at 52.


Following the outbreak of the coronavirus, sporting events, music concerts, and film production have been postponed. Most television shows and news Channels, on the other hand, have continued to update the public about the disease.

Anderson Cooper attends AOL Build Speaker Series to discuss "Nothing Left Unsaid" on April 15, 2016. | Photo: Getty Images.

Anderson Cooper attends AOL Build Speaker Series to discuss "Nothing Left Unsaid" on April 15, 2016. | Photo: Getty Images.


Many journalists and show anchors have taken to working via a home-based studio to observe social distancing, which is a measure to curb the spread of the virus. Anderson, a CNN anchor who recently announced the birth of his child, told Stephen Colbert that:

"Thankfully, I can do some work from home and stuff...to give people the truth is the difference between life and death."


The father of one explained that with the ongoing global health crisis, the world needs serious reporters with passion, as it is their job to bring facts with accuracy to the public.

More importantly, being in the media and reporting firsthand information is more delicate than spending time at home. For Anderson, this is what informed his decision of not taking paternity leave to be with his newborn.

The 52-year-old is optimistic about his family being with his child even without their physical presence.

The TV personality's son, Wyatt, wouldn't be alone as he will have the company of loved ones around him. Andy Cohen, Anderson's friend, mentioned that one of his son's nanny is interested in babysitting the infant.

Benjamin Maisani, the 52-year-old's ex, will also be involved in the life of his son even though they parted ways years ago. According to Wyatt's dad:

"[Benjamin is] my family; I want him to be Wyatt's family too."


Benjamin has maintained a close friendship with the journalist even after their split. Sources stated that he was present at Wyatt's birth. After the death of Mr. Cooper's mother last year, having to witness his son's delivery via a surrogate was another heart-melting episode for the onscreen personality.

He expressed his gratitude to the surrogate during the big announcement of the new arrival via Instagram. The father of one also got candid about his expectations as a young gay person.


During one of his shows, Anderson revealed the names of his son. He honored the memory of both his father and mother with the names he gave Wyatt.

Although no family member would be able to welcome the newborn, as granddad, grandma, and Carter, his dad's brother, have all died. Regardless, the 52-year-old is optimistic about his family being with his child even without their physical presence.

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