Anderson Cooper has responded to Star Jones' claims he came out of the closet to boost ratings.
In a segment for "Anderson Live," co-hosted with one of the show's guests, Bravo honcho Andy Cohen, the talk show host discussed his disappointment with Star Jones' comments.
When Cohen asked Cooper if anything has happened or changed since the CNN anchor came out publicly in July, Cooper admitted it "annoyed" both him and his mother that Jones had "attacked him" for coming out.
"I will say and I actually haven't mentioned this, the only thing that did kind of annoy me and actually it annoyed my mom who brought it up to me, Star Jones of all people," said Cooper. "I haven't thought about Star Jones in I don't know how long. I was unaware she was even on TV still ... but she apparently shows up on a morning show. Out of the blue Star Jones ... said this was a ratings ploy by me to boost ratings."
In the episode, which aired on Oct. 4, Cooper said Jones was wrong to assume he was seeking attention because he was away in Africa when he sent the letter to his friend.
Cooper shared that he made the decision to come out low-key rather than drum up a big push behind it like he could have.
"If I was wanting to boost ratings, I would have waited to announce it on 'A Very Special Episode' that would have been promo'd for weeks and weeks and there would have been commercials ... 'Anderson's Huge Announcement.'"
Cooper then slammed Jones by addressing her weight loss and brought up the time she used her time as a co-host on the "The View" to have her wedding sponsored.
in 2004, Jones reportedly used her celebrity status to have her wedding sponsored with free products from various companies.
"As memory serves, in terms of boosting ratings, I seem to recall [Star] hocking her wedding every single day to get free products when she was on 'The View' and I seem to recall her lying about her gastric bypass surgery and making everybody else lie about it as well. So for her to suddenly emerge out of the shadows and suddenly attack me for this, I couldn't believe it."
Cooper said he invited her to his show for a sit-down to address the comment she made about him but Jones declined.
He then stated that he was surprised she didn't take advantage of the opportunity for more publicity. "I would think she would want as much publicity as possible given her penchant for wanting publicity," he told Cohen.
Since the episode aired, Jones released a statement defending herself on Twitter. "I was wrong. @andersoncooper didn't come out as a ratings ploy. He used ME talking about him coming out @todayshow as a ratings ploy. #mybad"
Star Jones appeared on the "Today" show and claimed "There are times that you generate information for ratings" when asked about Cooper's coming out. "When the ratings slip in daytime, the hosts tend to tell you lots of things about them."
Cooper came out in an open letter to Daily Beast in July this year.
"The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn't be more happy," he wrote. "I love, and I am loved," he added "In my opinion, the ability to love another person is one of God's greatest gifts, and I thank God every day for enabling me to give and share love with the people in my life . . . . I still consider myself a reserved person and I hope this doesn't mean an end to a small amount of personal space. But I do think visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter's shield of privacy."
Cooper, 45, lives with his boyfriend, club owner Ben Maisani, in New York City.
Watch the video where Anderson Cooper takes jabs at Star Jones below