Anderson Cooper’s mom offered to carry his child at the age of 85

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On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Thursday, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper told for the first time ever on television, the story about the “batsh*t crazy” idea his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, who died at the age of 95 in July of 2019, had when she was 85. As Cooper tells it, his mother informed him that she had recently gone to the gynecologist, who informed her that she could still bear children. She wanted Cooper to get an egg, fertilize it with his sperm and she would carry his child. Obviously, Cooper did not think this was a good idea in any way.

“I was just stunned,” Cooper said, “and I finally said to her, I was like, ‘You know, mom, I love you, but even for you that is just batsh*t crazy. That’s just nuts.’ I was like, ‘That is just weirdly Oedipal on a whole other level. That kid would be on the front page of the New York Post for the rest of its life.’”

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