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When Anderson Cooper launched his daytime talk show eight and a half months ago, he knew that many of his interview subjects would be less…dignified types than the ones he questioned on his news show, Anderson Cooper 360. But on Tuesday's episode of Anderson, he was so disgusted by his guest that he actually stopped the interview. Watch the awkward moment here:
Sarah Burge (a.k.a. The Human Barbie) is a British cosmetic-surgery proponent who holds the Guinness World Record for having undergone the most plastic surgeries. She's also made headlines for her questionable parenting decisions, like inviting tabloids to print photos of her 8-year-old daughter on a stripper pole. "I let people know that it's good exercise," she said. "And in fact more people should actually try it and perhaps stop stuffing their faces with burgers." In case the child's breasts don't fill out enough by the time she's 18, Burge has given her vouchers to have them enlarged when she hits that age. (Oh, and liposuction, too, if needed.)
At one point, Cooper questioned her decision to allow her 15-year-old to have Botox injections in her forehead. (Among Botox's magical abilities, apparently, is the prevention of a sweaty brow while dancing on stage.) "I would prefer to actually oversee my daughter's Botox than actually have her go underground, find a Voodoo witch doctor or, in fact, getting it off the internet and administering it herself," she said.
Cooper's reply? "I honestly have nothing more to talk to you about. I try to be really polite to all my guests. I think you’re dreadful and I honestly don’t want to talk to you anymore."
"That's fine," sniffed Burge, and walked off the stage. Later in his show, during an on-camera interview backstage, Cooper explained why he had stopped the interview. "I got the feeling this was about publicity for her," he said. "I regret having her on in the first place and I regret how things ended…I certainly don't want to be rude to anybody, and I hope she doesn't feel that I was."
Well, that might be too much to ask. She later tweeted, "Thank you America for your emails yes Anderson did make himself look an ass he has a big mouth for a LITTLE man."
Any reasonable viewer would recognize that Cooper is the saner person in this fight. But why would he have her on his show in the first place? Did he think he might show her where she'd gone wrong? Of course not.
Here's why: Burge was seeking publicity, and Cooper was seeking ratings. But to his credit, Cooper apparently recognized the unsavory reciprocity of the situation. Too bad he didn't figure it out before the deluded woman walked on his soundstage!