Only weeks into production, Anderson Cooper's new daytime talk-show "Anderson," is in the midst of a tragedy. Gawker reports that a teenager who was set to appear during an episode is now in a coma after one of the new show's producers encouraged him to "film the crazy stuff you do." Prior to the broadcast, the teen filmed himself skateboarding and fell, sustaining a severe injury. Gawker reports that Cooper is "distraught." A rep for Anderson has confirmed the injury to The Hollywood Reporter, saying:
"'Our producers were working with a teen and his parents on a show about the science of the Teenage Brain, based on a National Geographic story,' the rep's statement read. 'As part of our routine process, we ask guests for video footage and photos. We did not provide the family with a camera. On the morning that they were supposed to travel to NYC, we learned that the teen had been injured. We are very concerned about him, and are thinking of him and his family at this time.'"
Anderson Cooper himself responded to THR Saturday night:
"I was very saddened to hear the news of this accident, and want to express my deepest concerns for the teenager who was injured. I take this situation seriously, and my thoughts and prayers for his health, well-being and recovery are with him and his family."
Gawker reports that the show was to be on the "teenage mind," and "the show never aired."