Anderson Cooper didn’t show up for work Monday on his CNN show “Anderson Cooper 360,” and now we know why. People magazine reports that Cooper had emergency surgery after suffering appendicitis.
Cooper, who was replaced on Monday’s show by John Berman, tweeted after the show aired: “I’ll be back on air tomorrow. Had an appendicitis and had to have sudden surgery last night.”
The report confirms that Cooper is expected back tonight after missing just one show.
“Of course, after 11 years on the air, Cooper has always gone above and beyond in the name of journalism,” People adds. “Given that he has broadcast live from the aftermaths of both Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, what’s a little appendicitis?”
A rep for Cooper said the anchor began feeling pains in his stomach back on Nov. 25 while he was reporting from Ferguson, Mo. After a quick trip to France over Thanksgiving, the CNN mainstay got in touch Sunday with his doctor, who ordered him into the ER for surgery.