Let's start this lovely morning with something of great, pressing import: a glitter-sprinkled press release brings news that our dear Anderson Cooper, Chelsea's beloved prince, will be interviewing Angelina Jolie in her first U.S. television interview since the birth of the world's sexiest baby. Naturally, Coop had to submit to doing it under the guise of a serious look at African refugees and airing it on World Refugee Day (June 20), but you know he won't let her leave without talking some Shiloh.
Angelina: "I love being a mother, it comes very naturally to me..."
Anderson: "Ohmahgah, I just don't know how you do it! Three little babies and they're all so cute — I'd be so enraptured with those precious things that I'd forget to feed 'em, I swear. They're so perfect, I just want to take them and sit them with my porcelain dolls!"
CNN's full release after the jump.
For Release: June 15, 2006
Exclusive: CNN's Anderson Cooper Interviews Angelina Jolie
Jolie's First U.S. Television Interview since Daughter's Birth to Air on Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday, June 20
In her first U.S. television interview since the birth of her daughter, Angelina Jolie spoke with CNN's Anderson Cooper about her work with refugees in Africa and around the world as well as the birth of her daughter in Namibia last month. The exclusive interview will air on Tuesday, June 20, as part of a special edition of Anderson Cooper 360 marking World Refugee Day from 10 p.m. to midnight (ET). Jolie sat down with Cooper for nearly an hour earlier this week in Los Angeles.
In addition to the Jolie interview, Anderson Cooper 360 will feature reports from chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour and Africa correspondent Jeff Koinange about poverty, famine and refugee camps across Africa. Senior medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta also will provide reports about specific healthcare challenges for refugees around the world.
Cooper, whose Dispatches from the Edge is the No. 1 hardcover nonfiction book on The New York Times bestsellers list, has seen significant ratings gains for his prime-time program. In May 2006, Anderson Cooper 360 experienced its most-watched month in total viewers since it moved to the 10 p.m. block in November 2005, posting a 53 percent increase in both total viewers and adults 25- to 54-years-old over May 2005. Online, the "360 Blog" has become a popular venue for reports and analysis from the program's contributing correspondents as well as posted comments from online users. Since its launch in February 2006, the blog has had more than 12.6 million page views.
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