Cooper, 45, said, “So now yesterday on the show I went on a little big of a rant for about 10 minutes standing up for Anne Hathaway, the actress, because I don’t know where I’ve been but I did not realize there is a certain segment of the population which seems to have something against her based on no evidence on some sort of impressions.”
Cooper’s executive producer Terence Noonan interrupted to say “there is evidence.” Cooper wasn’t interested and said, “No, I don’t even want to hear from these people.”
Cooper continued his defense, “I learned about this in our morning meeting yesterday when a bunch of the producers on the show were like, ‘Oh my God her Oscars speech was terrible and she’s so horrible.’ I was like A. you don’t know her, you don’t know anything about her, you’ve never met her and she gave a perfectly lovely Oscar speech.”
“They were like, ‘It was rehearsed’. I’m like if you were making a speech in front of a bazillion people you would rehearse too.
Vivica A. Fox joined Cooper in defending Anne Hathaway. Fox stated, “I agree and she’s a lovely lady and she did a fantastic job. So I think what happened was people got so used to her winning that then people got jaded about her winning.”
“Which I mean you strive, how many times has she practiced, sacrifices. I did a movie with her years ago, Ella Enchanted and I told her, ‘You are destined to be really big.’ I knew it was going to happen for her.”
“She is the nicest, kindest young lady and she is deserving of all the accolades and more coming to her. She sacrificed her hair d*mn it. I could have that hair on a track and sold it.”
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