Anderson Cooper is stepping away from his verbal tussle with Star Jones.

It took him three months, but Cooper finally responded to Jones’s claim that he came out of the closet as a ratings ploy during an episode of “Anderson Live” last week. He pretty duly shut her down, but Jones still snapped back with an angry tweet claiming Cooper brought up the drama just to drum up viewership. Now a clip of tomorrow’s episode of “Anderson Live” has made its way online, and in it Cooper says once and for all that he’s done talking about Star Jones.

“Don’t get me in a war with Star Jones. No. I said my piece on Star Jones. I’m not one to have a feud,” Cooper says to a fan who brought up the controversy. “She tweeted back something. I said my piece and then she tweeted me and I’m not responding.”

He continues, “Actually, ‘The Today Show’ tried to book me to go on with Star Jones so we could tussle. I was like, I’ve got nothing more to say, nor do I want to be in a room with her. I’m done.”

But Jones isn’t. “The View” host was again quick to respond, this time tweeting, “Someone is a LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE. I would NEVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES agree to a “debate” on my accurate statements @todayshow. BS.”

Hopefully Cooper will stick to his word and take the high road, letting this whole spat be over and done with.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz