Anderson Cooper breaks down on air

During a taping of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, journalist Anderson Cooper couldn’t stop himself from giggling while covering a story about Dyngus Day, a Polish-American tradition celebrated the day after Lent. The pre-recorded segments of the story explained, “Buffalo is the Dyngus Day capital of the world.” The festivities include, “Boys sprinkling girls that they fancy with water and the girls striking back with a tap from a pussy willow branch.” This sent the usually poised journalist into a fit of giggles. He got up and walked away from his seat, but returned and burst into more laughs, adding, “It’s really so stupid.” After a full minute of giggling, he continued, saying in a choked voice, “Gotta let it out.” Check the video below at about the 1:40 mark to witness his hilarious reaction. This isn’t the first time Cooper laughed on-air. Last year, he was forced into another giggling fit while reporting on a French actor going “oui-oui” in his airplane seat. ~Renita Naraine

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  1. Godfather • April 12, 2012 @ 8:50 AM

    Apparently “reporters” these days don’t know the difference between “Breaking Down” and “Cracking Up”!

    Breaking Down = crying, losing composure/respect;
    Cracking Up = LAUGHING, losing integrity for an article.

  2. lkjh • April 12, 2012 @ 9:00 AM

    he lost composure on-air …he broke down by cracking up.

  3. Dar • April 12, 2012 @ 9:19 AM

    love Anderson….he is just so real

  4. ABC • April 12, 2012 @ 9:22 AM

    I don’t blame him for losing it…this sounds like a really stupid holiday. But his laugh is so contagious…he sounds like a little kid

  5. Mary Auld • April 12, 2012 @ 9:22 AM

    I just LOVE this man. He is sooooo down-to-earth and does not tolerate fools easily. Dyngus day!!!!! How stupid is this world becoming and I love Anderson’s reaction, it is so honest…his giggles are refreshing and cute.

  6. Dory • April 12, 2012 @ 9:40 AM

    So simple guys. Anderson thought something was funny and laughed. He’s human. His reaction was wonderful.

  7. Missy • April 12, 2012 @ 9:41 AM

    I couldn’t stop laughing, not because the report was funny – it was stupid, like he said, but his giggling is so contagious!

  8. Barbara • April 12, 2012 @ 9:48 AM

    It’s refreshing to watch a journalist who can elicit all the emotions that his job demands while providing day-to-day truths. He’s the greatest. I love to watch him!

  9. Mark • April 12, 2012 @ 9:59 AM

    I can see why he though it so laughable, I mean really, boys fancying girls…. how silly is that?

  10. justme • April 12, 2012 @ 10:07 AM

    Anderson, ya gotta love the guy! Talk about keeping it real!

  11. Lara • April 12, 2012 @ 10:13 AM

    Not the first time something like this happens. Click on my name to see.

  12. Candy • April 12, 2012 @ 10:51 AM

    Anderson is one of my all-time favorite on-air personalities and I enjoy that he is so human. I was cracking up just listening and I’m impressed that he held it together as long as he did! Good job! Love you!

  13. polishandproud • April 12, 2012 @ 10:58 AM

    The hundreds-of-years-old Polish tradition, called Smigus Dingus, is a spring ritual on Easter Monday where boys run around trying to soak the girls with water any way they can. This harkens back to pagan times as part of a wide variety of spring rituals practiced all over Europe symbolizing growth/fertility. These days the girls fight back (usually with squirt guns!) and it is a lot of fun. I and my Canadian-Polish friends have great memories from this game from our childhoods. Very disappointing that someone like Anderson would judge a custom as stupid when he obviously knew nothing about it.

  14. Jan • April 12, 2012 @ 11:33 AM


    invite him to your next Smigus Dingus day!

  15. Jason • April 12, 2012 @ 11:38 AM

    To call an innocent little tradition “stupid” is pretty sad and just goes to show how we as a society are more in tune with the negatives around us. It is funny and that’s all it is. The really funny part is how Polish people are learning in grade 2 what we here in North America learn in High School…..hehehehe……isn’t that funny??? (for those wondering – North America is a continent that the US is in)…….or better yet how we don’t have free healthcare coverage for all in a modern society. For those of you who think Anderson is “so real”, have you ever really watched his show? He is one of the most stiff, unanimated, boring people I have ever seen in my life. Stick to covering serious issues. Typical comment by a nose high, well off, television pretty boy.

  16. Marta • April 12, 2012 @ 12:53 PM

    Some traditions when you really think of them are “kind of stupid”. I agree. Having Anderson Cooper mention Dyngus Day tradition was funny (in a nice way) so stop being so sensitive. Anderson is a wonderful, human reporter and I quite enjoy his talents. Keep on telling it like it is Anderson. Love you!!!

  17. Lissa • April 12, 2012 @ 12:54 PM

    I think Anderson is just great. He is a wonderful journalist, who just happens to be adorable. His giggle is infectious as well. I really love watching him. He gave me my laugh for the day, and I needed one too :o)

  18. Ron • April 12, 2012 @ 12:57 PM

    Yet another inflated sensationalistic heading title for an article on this site.

    He didn’t break down… These titles are written to get people to click on the articles and then find out later that it’s not actually what happened in reality.

    I wouldn’t call the writers of these headlines “reporters”.

  19. Wendy • April 12, 2012 @ 1:44 PM

    I don’t think Anderson was calling the ritual stupid – I think the fact that he could not quit “giggling” was what he was referring to. Anderson is one of the good guys.

  20. Gail • April 12, 2012 @ 2:19 PM

    I have watched Anderson for a longtime reporting various news stories as well as his regular shows on TV. Though I find him interesting, well-prepared and a professional, we have had a rare opportunity to see that he has a humourous side to himself. He is human just like the rest of us. We all laugh, we all cry. He is still probably my favorite reporter and I admit that I absolutely love him. He is awesome and I hope he never changes. Keep it up, Anderson.

  21. brenda • April 12, 2012 @ 4:03 PM

    hahahha..he’s so funny..i couldn’t stop laughing, who hasn’t done this in their life…wtg anderson for making me laugh.

  22. Jim • April 12, 2012 @ 5:03 PM

    Hey…anyone want to join me at the local Laff Factory, see some crazy comedians and break down?? I always feel better after breaking my ass off.

  23. Nobody Important • April 13, 2012 @ 4:25 AM

    It’s only a stupid holiday in America; it’s considerably different and rather fun for the kids back in Poland.

    Seriously though, what’s up Anderson these days? The ridiculist, the lame Opera’ish talk show, the lack of composure on-air, etc… He used to be a solid reporter.

  24. Maxx • April 13, 2012 @ 6:30 AM

    Haloween is stupid too. Many holidays are stupid but this is a tradition. So what?

  25. Karen • April 13, 2012 @ 8:17 AM

    oh the problem is really that we ALL take ourselves too seriously!
    I laughed. YOU laughed.
    He wasn’t making fun of Polish tradition. I didn’t see it that way.
    It is funny, it is an excuse to party, and that’s GREAT!

  26. Suzanne • April 13, 2012 @ 9:06 AM

    I love him because he is so human and that’s why he’s such a good news caster/ talk show host.Keep up the great job Anderson… even for the overly sensitive peeps of the world (who never screw up apparently..)

  27. Barbara • April 13, 2012 @ 5:08 PM

    Does this mean we can’t make fun of Gay Pride events?

  28. Anne Marie Stephen • April 26, 2012 @ 10:14 AM

    His laugh is so contageous. I couldn’t help laughing as I watched and listened. 🙂

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