Michael Ausiello
January 08, 2009 at 10:29 PM EST

Gossip Girl is wisely expanding Chace Crawford’s enviable gene pool in the form of a cousin for Nate.

The yet-to-be-cast character is in his 20s and described as wealthy,

confident, politically-minded and — all together now — extremely


But before you go fixing him up with Blair, you should

know that cuz is married. You should also know that his name is Kip

Vanderbilt, so brace yourselves for the inevitable “Anderson Cooper

cameo” rumors. But all signs are that Kip is not a descendent of that

Vanderbilt family. For starters, Kip’s dad’s name is William, not


Casting suggestions for Kip? Spill ’em below!

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