Wyatt Morgan Cooper was born Monday, weighing 7 pounds 2 ounces.
The 52-year-old Cooper shared photos of Wyatt at the end of the weekly television town hall on Thursday about the coronavirus pandemic.
“It has been a difficult time in our whole life and there are certainly going to be many difficult days ahead,” Cooper said. “I think it is particularly important to capture moments of joy and happiness in these difficult times. Even though we mourn the loss of loved ones, we are blessed with new life and new love.”
So he presented his own joyful message: “I became a father on Monday,” he said. “I’ve never said that out loud before and I̵
Cooper, who is gay, said in his on-air announcement: “I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I am so grateful to everyone who paved the way and to the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in the birth of my son. “
“Above all,” he said, “I am eternally grateful to a remarkable substitute who carried Wyatt, lovingly and tenderly guarded him and gave him birth.”
The news came as a big surprise to CNN viewers as Cooper hadn’t spoken publicly about his plans to have a baby.
Cooper’s father, who died when he was 10 years old, was called Wyatt. Cooper is now passing the name on to a new generation. “I hope I can be as good as him,” he said during the announcement.
“I wish my parents and brother Carter were alive to meet Wyatt,” Cooper said, “but I like to think they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing and watching I’m happy to know that their love lives in me and in Wyatt … and that our family lives on. New life and new love. “