Anderson Cooper rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery

Dec 3, 2014 at 2:19 p.m. ET
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If you were wondering why Anderson Cooper was not on the air on Monday, Dec. 1, the answer is because he had just been on an operating table the night before.

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The journalist was not present for Monday's taping of Anderson Cooper 360º, and he has since revealed via Twitter that his absence was due to emergency surgery he underwent for an appendectomy on Sunday night, Nov. 30, at the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

But after taking just one day off work, Cooper bounced back and assured fans that he would be returning to work (even though a little piece of him was cut out just two days ago).


So, how awful do you feel just before you get an appendectomy? According to the New York Post's Page Six, a rep for CNN revealed to them that the Silver Fox originally thought he had food poisoning.

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Cooper was reportedly suffering from stomach pains around a week ago when he was in Missouri covering the Ferguson-related protests. His condition then took a turn for the worse when he was in France visiting a sick relative over Thanksgiving, and when he landed back in New York on Sunday he realized he needed to call his doctor ASAP.

His doctor reportedly "warned it was likely appendicitis. He went from the airport to the doctor's office and, after a quick exam, his doctor told Anderson that he needed to go to the ER right away," the rep revealed.

The CNN anchor spent Sunday night at the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and was sent home Monday.

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We're glad that Cooper is going to be OK — and so is he, because he told Page Six, "I am very thankful for the efforts of my doctor and the doctors and nurses at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center."