Resident CNN super-anchor Anderson Cooper revealed to Kristen Chenowith (his co-host on his new talk show Anderson Live) why he chose to come out this summer. “”It just got to the point where I’ve been torn for a long time between a desire as a reporter to just do my job and be known as a reporter and, at the same time, I do think visibility is important,” he said, adding, “I do think that the tide of history only moves forward when everyone is fully visible. I didn’t want to send a message that there was anything I was ashamed about or unhappy about or not comfortable with.”
He also dropped the casual tidbit that he’s been “out” to his friends and family since high school, which, if Anderson will forgive us, was a long time ago. So there you have it, ladies and gents: our first high profile out-and-proud gay male news anchor and talk show host.
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