Anderson Cooper and Ryan Seacrest exchange euphemisms on CNN

Two reality TV hosts, one former and one current who also work for CNN, and both of whom have been the subject of rumors about their sexual orientations, appeared together on CNN, and let the euphemisms fly.

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest showed that his sexually ambiguous joking isn’t just limited to banter with Simon Cowell. Sitting in for Larry King, Ryan talked briefly with Anderson Cooper, former host of The Mole and now CNN’s superstar.

The result was, according to The Malcontent, “one of the gayest moments in CNN history.” In addition to lots of discussion about their “ties,” there was also talk of “taking a pounding.” The Malcontent has the video, but here’s a sample of their dialogue:

Anderson Cooper: That’s the biggest tie I’ve ever seen, by the way.
There’s some crosstalk, and Anderson, flustered, compliments Ryan repeatedly. Then a few seconds later:
Ryan Seacrest (talking about his tie): Notice the size: Your bow’s tiny, mine’s huge. …
Anderson Cooper (laughing): I’ve heard that often.

Later, Ryan says, “You’re doing a great job. Really, really like the show.” Anderson pauses for a second and then basically giggles, saying, “Thanks!”

Anderson and Ryan, Sittin’ in a Tree [The Malcontent]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.