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Anderson Cooper Talks For First Time on TV About Coming Out (VIDEO)

By Michael Lewittes

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(Anderson Live)

Anderson Cooper talked for the first time about his decision to come out as a gay man during the season premiere of his daytime talk show “Anderson Live” on Monday.

The CNN anchor’s guest co-host Kristin Chenoweth brought up the topic, saying, “I think we’ve both had big summers,” joking, “I just wonder if you’d like to say, I don’t know, maybe, you went out a lot? You came out, and talked…?”

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Cooper, blushing and laughing, replied, “So, you heard about that, yeah.”

He revealed, “Everybody in my life has always known… you know, I came out in high school, I told my friends, I told my family, I’ve always been out to my coworkers and stuff.”

Cooper went on to explain, “It’s just not something I talked about publicly because as a reporter I didn’t think it was appropriate. It didn’t seem part of my job.”

But he said that over time his views changed, and he felt it was important to come out because “I didn’t want to send a message that there was anything I was ashamed about or unhappy about or not comfortable with.”

“I appreciate all the support I got and all the encouragement,” Cooper told viewers, adding, “I’m the same person I always was.”

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