Meet Nico, the prized Chi-Poo, a Chihuahua-Poodle blend, of Anderson Cooper‘s CBS talker, Anderson Live. Since shortly after the CNN anchorman started his first-ever foray into daytime television, the show’s executive producer, Terence Noonan, has been bringing along his trusty canine sidekick a few times a week.
And in no time, Nico took to the spotlight, finding his perfect perch on Noonan’s on-set station. Whether he’s lounging near Noonan’s laptop or snuggling his snout in his owners’ arms, the 3½-year-old mixed-breed shows off his sweet mug several times a week on Anderson Live.
“Nico loves being the unofficial mascot and greeter of the show,” Noonan told Celebuzz. “Spending his days greeting the audience and guests, taking naps on producers’ laptops and showing off his latest fashion finds are just some of the ways he passes his time on set.”
And he’s even formed an unbreakable bond with Anderson.
“Nico frequently attends closed-door briefing meetings, stealing the seat right next to Anderson,” Noonan said. “Nico thinks he is as much a star as Anderson, if not more.”
Thanks to his prime position on the talker, there’s no doubt Nico’s star is now on the rise. From studio audience members asking for photo ops to fawning fans sending him mail, the always dapperly dressed dog — who dons cozy sweaters, tuxedo jackets and rain coats — is quickly catching the adoring attention of the public eye.
“Fans send Nico everything from doggy treats to new outfits,” Noonan said, adding that they cherish a one follower’s hand-drawn sketch a fan drew of Nico in Italy.
Now, even the famous set are hopping aboard the Nico bandwagon, such as former Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and singer-actress Keke Palmer.
“Even What Not to Wear host Stacy London couldn’t get enough of him!” Noonan gushed.
“The fame of being the unofficial Anderson Live mascot has gone to his head, so he demanded his own Facebook page to shine,” Noonan explained, adding the account racked up “over 300 likes in less than 24 hours.”
That puts him right on the heels of another Hollywood pooch: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump‘s Pomeranian, Giggy.
“Giggy who?” Noonan joked. “Nico is on a daily nationally-syndicated talk show. He doesn’t just occasionally appear on a weekly soap opera.”
Now that Nico has trotted into the spotlight, the pawsibilities are endless.
“Nico takes his celebrity status very seriously and doesn’t want to put his name on just any product like some of his celebrity peers,” explains Noonan. “He is currently taking meetings about creating his own clothing and product line. The sky’s the limit for this new star.”
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