Anderson Cooper Gets Ticked At Selfie-Seeking Reporter At Ottawa Shooting (VIDEO)

October 23, 2014 11:17 a.m.

A Canadian journalist was determined to get a photo with Anderson Cooper on Wednesday, even if the CNN host was in Ottawa to report on a tragedy that had taken place only hours earlier. That was a bad idea.

“So you really won’t, you won’t even take a photo?” the journalist Vandon Gene asked Cooper, who was in the Canadian capital to report on the shooting that left a soldier and the gunman both dead.

“No, I will not take a photo with you on a day where someone was killed,” Anderson responded. “It seems wildly inappropriate.”

Gene, whose LinkedIn page identifies him as a contributor for Canada’s Sun News Network, was shocked.

“Wow,” he said. “Alright. Thanks a lot, Anderson. I tried.”

Gene continued to voice his displeasure with Cooper in a series of since-deleted tweets late Wednesday.

“So @andersoncooper is an ass,” Gene tweeted. “Told me to give him a ‘fucking break’ then went on a rant.”

Cooper responded in kind.

“@vandongene dude, you were rude and asking for a selfie near where a soldier was killed. It was completely inappropriate. Think about it,” Cooper said.

By Thursday morning, however, Gene had experienced a change of heart, taking to Twitter once again to offer an apology for his “completely inappropriate, disrespectful, and distasteful” actions.

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