Anderson Cooper hosted CNN's New Year's Eve celebration with Kathy Griffin on Tuesday and there was no shortage of hilarious (and controversial) moments.
Watching Coop enjoy himself in front of millions of people in Times Square -- and even more via the airwaves -- got us thinking about how many wonderful moments he's shared with us over the years, but especially since he came out almost exactly six months ago.
So, we rounded up 20 of our favorite Anderson Cooper moments since he officially joined the family in July 2012. Have a look a below and then tell us what your favorite Coop moment has been.
Kathy Griffin Makes Anderson Cooper Giggle
How much more endearing can a man get? The CNN mainstay's pal Kathy Griffin had him nervously giggling and blushing from her sexual advancements and innuendos, and at one point she even kissed his crotch on New Year's Eve.
Anderson Cooper Lies To His Mother
When you have a job that puts you in potential danger -- as Coop does -- you have to find some way of placating one of the most important women in your life: your mother. "Yeah, I lie to my mom all the time about this," Cooper said of reporting from troubled areas. "I'll call her and be like 'Everything's fine. You know on TV it always looks worse than it really is.' I always just say, 'I'm staying at the hotel today,' [when] I'm not even in a hotel, but you know."
Coop Gets Drunk With Kathie Lee And Hoda
Since coming out Coop has openly joked about his sexuality, saying things like he doesn't like breasts and is more of a "stuffing man." Sure, it helps that he was loosened up after drinking with Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb...
Coop Gets Tickled By A Pickle
Apparently <a href="http://www.thisis40movie.com">"This Is 40"</a> actor, Paul Rudd loves pickles. While appearing on "Anderson Live" and talking with his mouth full, a piece of pickle flew out of Rudd's mouth, prompting Cooper to jump out of his seat. After the little mishap, Rudd exclaimed, "You just got tickled by a pickle," to which Coop wittingly responded, "I can't tell you how many times I've said that," soliciting a round of laughs from the crowd.
Anderson Cooper Disapproves Of Meggings
If you were hoping to see Anderson in a pair of meggings, you're out of luck. He addressed male leggings fashion trend -- appropriately called "meggings" - on his daytime talk show saying he doesn't know any guy who would wear them.
Coop Calls Hostile Tweeter A 'Moron'
Not only does Coop have the looks, the job and the wit, he doesn't take foolish criticism lying down. When someone tweeted at the newsman and questioned his (and CNN's) lack of coverage of the August Wisconsin Sikh temple shootings, the tweeter surmised it was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/06/anderson-cooper-moron-tweeter_n_1746545.html">due to discrimination</a>, to which Coop pointedly responded: "You are a moron."
Coop Continues Talking Back On Twitter
About three months after calling someone a "moron" on Twitter, Coop was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/anderson-cooper-hits-back-twitter-followers_n_2166443.html">back at it again</a>. This time he used up more of his allotted 140 characters on the social network, further exemplifying his disdain for his uninformed his detractors. Here's one example: @RetireLeo: "Didn't Cooper admit he was gay, if so let's let the Palestians know and see what happens." @andersoncooper: "Wow, tough words from an anon Internet troll. why not use your name and photo, coward? Have some more fritos and keep typing."
Coop Gags Over 'Party Python' Gummy Snake
We cracked up seeing Coop and his pal, Andy Cohen, take a bite out of "Party Python," a 7-foot, 26-pound, 36,000-calorie gummy snake.
Anderson Cooper Talks With David Letterman About Being Gay
Another reason to love Coop? He can joke about his sexuality -- even with David Letterman. After the late night talk show host solicited a fist bump from Anderson, the CNN anchor playfully told Letterman (in case he hadn't heard the news), "Dave, I'm gay. We don't do this kind of thing."
Cooper Mocks Lindsay Lohan, Adds To His 'Ridiculist'
After Lohan voiced her support for Mitt Romney, she took to Twitter and offered her political punditry, saying, "OMG it is HAPPENING!!!!!!!! The Final Debate!!!!! I'm so nervous!" That tweet and her "real political analysis" earned the actress a little mocking from Cooper who called her tweets "extremely newsworthy" and added the troubled starlet to his infamous "Ridiculist."
Coop Calls Out Star Jones
Anderson was having none of Star Jones when she claimed that he came out to increase ratings for his daytime talk show. "As memory serves, in terms of boosting ratings, I seem to recall [Star] hocking her wedding every single day to get free products when she was on 'The View' and I seem to recall her lying about her gastric bypass surgery and making everybody else lie about it as well. So for her to suddenly emerge out of the shadows and suddenly attack me for this, I couldn't believe it," Cooper said.
Coop Loves Honey Boo Boo And Has A Bone To Pick With Wolf Blitzer
When Anderson visited Jimmy Fallon he had the late night talk show host cracking up with endearing Honey Boo Boo impersonations. Then, when Fallon brought Wolf Blitzer's new glasses to Coop's attention (<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/11/anderson-cooper-wolf-blitzer-glasses-ridiculist_n_1875174.html?utm_hp_ref=anderson-cooper">something Coop was already aware of</a>) and claimed that Blitzer was stealing Coop's look, the silver fox re-emphasized that he "rocked" those frames well before his CNN colleague did, adding that the next thing Blitzer would do is say he's gay.
Coop Discusses His Coming Out On 'Anderson Live'
After publicly coming out and causing major headlines, Anderson Cooper went about his life, continuing to report and do his job for CNN and "60 Minutes" without referencing the viral news until his daytime talk show's second season premiere. He told his guest co-host, Kristin Chenoweth, who broached the topic: "I've been torn for a long time between a desire as a reporter to just do my job," he said. "And at the same time, I think visibility is important -- that the tide of history only moves forward when everybody is visible ... I didn't want to send a message that there was anything I was ashamed about."
Anderson Cooper Ducks Huge Explosion In Gaza
One of the qualities we admire about Cooper is his passion for reporting. Since coming out, he has continued to do his job just as he had in the past. Recently, while in Gaza, Anderson was on the air-on when a huge explosion went off and we were all suddenly reminded of exactly how dangerous his job can be.
Anderson Cooper Talks About Coming Out And Being Gay With Sir Ian McKellen
Another reason to love Anderson Cooper is his respect for those who've come before him. While discussing the act of publicly coming out and its significance with Sir Ian McKellen, Coop offered his gratitude to McKellen, saying, "Well you've been out in front and you've helped a lot of people. I thank you for that."
Coop Sounds Off On His Fashion Choices
"These are TV clothes, these are not my actual real clothes," Cooper said to "What Not to Wear" co-host Stacy London. "In my real life, I wear a T-shirt, grey or white, same pair of jeans. Literally, the same pair of jeans every day."
Coop Tries New Foods For First Time With Carmen Electra
There were no shortages of sexual innuendos from Coop when Carmen Electra brought some treats for the talk show host to try. Electra, who's from Cincinnati, had Coop eat the Midwestern city's signature "three-way" dish from fast food chain Skyline Chili. The meal consists of spaghetti topped with Skyline's chili and a mound of cheddar cheese. While eating, Coop proclaimed that he's never had a three-way before <em>and</em> when Coop tried a sour Warhead candy after, he gave the most adorable reaction, saying to Electra, "How can you even keep it in your mouth!"
Actress Leslie Mann Gives Coop Beauty Secret
When the cast of "This Is 40" came to visit Coop on his talk show, he revealed that he's been worried that the crease that's burrowed between his eyebrows has been getting more pronounced. The solution? Scotch tape, according to actress Leslie Mann.
Anderson Cooper Remembers AIDS Activist Spencer Cox
In December, prominent AIDS activist <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/22/spencer-cox-aids-activist-dead_n_2351170.html">Spencer Cox passed away</a> and Cooper took the time to acknowledge and honor Cox on his show.
Coop Reveals An Old Photo Of Himself As A Young Reporter
When Stacy London from TLC's "What Not To Wear" co-hosted with Cooper on his talk show, Anderson revealed he had seen pictures of London as a young adult. To spare her embarrassment, Coop offered his own picture from back in the day, a photo of him starting out as a reporter in Vietnam, wearing his "Indiana Jones" jacket and thick, <em>non-gray</em> hair. Adorable!