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CNN Host Anderson Cooper Started Reading His Teleprompter When He Noticed Something Wasn't Quite Right


"Oh man, this is cold."

CNN host Anderson Cooper fell victim this week to a prank by his staff — and it all went down on live television.

Cooper's colleagues were apparently not thrilled about the smell a candle in his office was emitting and decided to sneak their complaints into his teleprompter during an on-air segment.

As Cooper started to read the script, he quickly realized the entire thing was about him.

"Really, this is what the 'Ridiculist' is about tonight?" he said. "I should have read it ahead of time."

"Oh man, this is cold," he continued, laughing as he read the teleprompter. "And you don't tell me? You let me read it on teleprompter? Wow."

Of the foul smell his coworkers compared to "dumpster ravioli," Cooper said it was "completely news to me."

Video of the prank has since amassed nearly 70,000 views on YouTube.

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