Anderson Cooper is teaching longtime partner Benjamin Maisani how to drive and it’s bringing out the worst in him.
‘He’s got a learner’s permit like a 16 year old. It’s the most embarrassing thing,’ Cooper told viewers while co-hosting ABC’s Live! with Kelly Ripa earlier today.
‘I’m happy about it on the one hand because I’m sick of being the one who has to drive every time we’re in a car,’ Cooper said of Maisani who turns 44 this week.
‘He’s all excited about driving so he insists on driving whenever I’m with him.’
That’s where things get tense.
‘I thought I’d be happy about this, that he’s finally learning. (But) I am the worst driving teacher on the planet. I get annoyed at everything he does – every mistake he makes. I’m like, “Ugh! How stupid! Why did I let you get a learner’s permit? I hate you!” I’m the worst. I make him so nervous.’
Ripa, who is close friends with Cooper, said: ‘He said that you actually hissed at him.’
Cooper admitted it was true and actually re-enacted his quite scary hiss – three times.
‘You know when you’ve been with someone for awhile … you’re beyond speech,’ he explained.
‘You’re so sick of what they do you can’t even discuss it.’
Cooper begins talking about the driving situation at the 9:30 mark in the video below.
I did not originally expect to find myself at the Women’s March in downtown LA on Saturday,
But now I can’t imagine having been anywhere else.
A group of friends (pictured, left) told me Friday night they’d be driving up from Orange County.
Since I live less than five miles from downtown, I felt like I really had to go and check it out at least for a little while.
I was early to Pershing Square, got cheap parking nearby and positioned myself right in front of the stage.
That was fine for the first few speakers but the square soon got over-crowded so they moved the speakers to on top of a giant bus on Hill Street.
I climbed through some bushes and wormed my way to the front of that crowd and we heard from rally organizers and city and county officials including openly gay Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin. County supervisor Hilda Solis also spoke as did former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Some speakers were terrific, some just okay but either way there were too many of them for this restless crowd eager to MARCH.
So they finally wrapped up and … nothing.
We could not march. We could not move.
The march’s route to City Hall was gridlock – too many people.
While frustrating and confusing at first, it just became a beautiful thing as people began to splinter off and find their own way to City Hall.
The spirit was so positive and peaceful. An amazing energy.
Even though there were an estimated 750,000 people clogging the streets of downtown, I managed to connect with my friends Lorna, Danny, Martin and Stephanie in the middle of the intersection of 6th Street and Hill.
Gloria Steinem is one of my heroes. Her book Revolution From Within: A Book on Self Esteem was huge for me and I have worshipped her ever since. Here is her speech from yesterday’s Women’s March in Washington DC.
She seems very over the moon about the 10 new episodes of Will & Grace and so are we. Megan Mullally chats with Jimmy Kimmel about that and dishes about some of the show’s past guest stars – most notably Madonna.
Ellen DeGeneres assembled a remarkable line-up of LGBT celebrities and allies to say thank you to President Barack Obama.
DeGeneres kicked things off by mentioning marriage equality, the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the passage of hate crime legislation.
‘President Obama, we are all so grateful for everything you’ve done in the name equality, kindness and love,’ she said.
DeGeneres’ wife Portia de Rossi thanked Obama for her right to get married as did Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tig Notaro, Lance Bass and Neil Patrick Harris.
Tom Daley who is engaged to Dustin Lance Black said: ‘As a gay man who’s going to be getting married to one of your Americans, I just want to say thank you.’
Jim Parsons summed up Obama’s accomplishments by saying: ‘You presided over a period of time that turned out to be in many ways one of the most positive periods of time in the lives of gay Americans.’
Laverne Cox weighed in on behalf of transgender people by saying: ‘You had the first transgender presidential appointees. You were the first president who ever even uttered the word transgender and I certainly hope you won’t be the last.’
Rachel Evan Wood was emotional in her video.
‘I’m going to try and do this without crying,’ she said.
Wood thanked Obama ‘for changing the way people thought about us and honestly the way I thought about myself. That hope is going to stay with me. Thank you for everything.’
Also weighing in were Lily Tomlin, Colton Haynes, Jonathan Groff, Dan Bucatinsky, George Takei, Guillermo Diaz, Chris Colfer and Alan Cumming.
Joked Tomlin: ‘Too bad aliens didn’t come during your presidency. We would have been so proud to take them to our leader.’
Straight allies Sarah Silverman, Debra Messing, Kristen Bell, Eric Stonestreet and Drew Barrymore were among those who also had messages for Obama.
Want to pay tribute today to Eric Fanning, the first openly gay Secretary of Army in United States history. This was Eric’s last week on the job and he was given an emotional farewell ceremony at the Pentagon on Wednesday.
‘It’s been the honor of my lifetime to be your secretary,’ Fanning told the audience of top Army and Defense Department leaders in a packed Pentagon auditorium.
‘Day after day, you deliver’ and ‘I come away a little more in awe of you every time.’
Fanning’s partner, Benjamin Masri-Cohen, posted a photo on Facebook yesterday of he and Fanning exiting the Pentagon after ‘a very emotional farewell.’
‘While sad, I was so proud of what Eric and his team accomplished and honored to have been by his side for the adventure,’ Masri-Cohen wrote. ‘We are SO very proud of you Eric Fanning.’