As this sneak preview image shows, Cooper -- with coaching from Dr. Todd Farch, the Director of Intensive Program for Panic Disorders and Specific Phobias -- gets suspended 100 feet high above his audience in his studio overlooking New York City's Columbus Circle.
"Bye seems so final. Now this is high!" Cooper says on Wednesday's show, as he is brought up to the suspension height by a cherry picker.
Speaking candidly about his phobia, Cooper tells his audience that his fear of heights kicked into high gear after his brother, Carter, committed suicide after jumping off a balcony in 1988. "After that, I started to have a visceral reaction to heights," Cooper explains.
As Dr. Farch coaches Cooper, the newsman eventually becomes at ease with his new surroundings.