CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has hired Terence Noonan to co-executive produce his daytime talk show Anderson.

The National Enquirer is reporting that Noonan and Cooper once dated.

The tabloid adds that the decision has created a stir among the staff, who are concerned about how the move will affect Cooper's 2-year-old relationship with Manhattan bar owner Ben Maisani, 38.

“Everyone who works on Anderson thinks it was crazy of him to hire this guy,” an unnamed source is quoted as saying. “Not that he isn't qualified for the job. … But it's very unseemly to hire a guy who was a former lover … especially one who still brags about it.”

Noonan is a four-time Daytime Emmy winner and the creator of the TLC reality show DC Cupcakes. He was plucked from being supervising producer of Dr. Oz.

On October 8, Noonan tweeted: “It's official – headed to Anderson show as co-executive producer.”

Forty-four-year-old Cooper, a perennial on gay glossy Out's annual list of the most powerful and influential gay people in America, has neither confirmed nor denied rumors that he's gay.