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But the owner of Gaga's old home refused to let her and Cooper in with a camera crew, so they had to stage a makeshift interview on the stairwell outside.

However, Emily Ting insists it was not a deliberate snub to the star and her journalist pal - she was battling a nasty bout of influenza.

Ting tells the New York Daily News, "I had the flu. I didn't want to have cameras inside... I love Anderson Cooper. He is very handsome. His hair is so grey and wonderful. She's great. I've definitely danced to some of her songs."