Christian Cooper, the Black man who was heckled by the “Central Park Karen” back in 2020 after she called the cops on him while he was bird watching the New York City park, has scored his first TV show on the National Geographic channel.
According to NatGeo’s official Twitter page, Christian Cooper will host a series called “Extraordinary Birder,” where he will take viewers “into the wild, wonderful and unpredictable world of birds in his new show.”
“Whether braving stormy seas in Alaska for puffins, trekking into rainforests in Puerto Rico for parrots, or scaling a bridge in Manhattan for a peregrine falcon, he does whatever it takes to learn about these extraordinary feathered creatures and show us the remarkable world in the sky above,” the network said in an official statement.
According to The New York Times, Christian Cooper was approached by NatGeo about a potential TV show almost a year and a half ago and was “all in.”
Christian Cooper found himself in the middle of the viral “Central Park Karen” fiasco in May 2020 after Amy Cooper (no relation), a white woman, made national headlines when a video showed her calling the police saying that the 59-year-old had threatened her and her dog.
“I’m in the Ramble. And there is a man, African American — he has a bicycle helmet. He’s recording me and threatening me and my dog,” Amy Cooper says in the video recorded by Christian Cooper.
Amy Cooper was charged with a third-degree misdemeanor for making false accusations. The charges were later dropped by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office after Amy Cooper completed five restorative justice sessions.
An official release date for Christian Cooper’s Extraordinary Birder has yet to be released.