Anderson Cooper has issued a statement in response to reports that a teen boy is in a coma after being asked by producers of Cooper’s daytime talk show to videotape his day-to-day activities (for a “day in the life of a teenager”-esque segment), which included a skateboarding stunt that resulted in the teenager suffering a head injury.
“I was very saddened to hear the news of this accident, and want to express my deepest concerns for the teenager who was injured,” Cooper said in a statement to Gawker. “I take this situation seriously, and my thoughts and prayers for his health, well-being and recovery are with him and his family.”
This comes hours after word got out that the teen, asked by “Anderson” producers to participate in an episode about the science of the teenage brain, has been in a coma ever since his skateboarding injury.
Producers confirmed to Gawker that they were working with the teen and his parents for the episode, and although they often ask guests for video footage, they did not provide a camera to the boy or his family.
According to published reports, that episode has not aired.