Prompted by Entertainment Weekly Story, Anderson Cooper Reveals He's Gay

Goes Public in Email to Andrew Sullivan

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CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper, who has remained tight-lipped on his sexuality despite public assumptions, revealed that he's gay via a blog written by Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Beast.

Mr. Cooper's admission, which didn't come as a shock to most, was prompted by an Entertainment Weekly story that ran last week about the emerging trend of gay people who lead a public life coming out in a more restrained way than in the past. Mr. Cooper responded to the article via an email to the writer and gave Mr. Sullivan permission to print his response.

"The fact is , I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn't be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud," Mr. Cooper, host of "Anderson Cooper 360," wrote in the email. Mr. Cooper said he declined to discuss his sexuality and personal life in the past to not color his journalistic integrity and for safety reasons, but recently began questioning this decision.

"I've begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle," he continued. "It's become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something -- something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true."

Mr. Cooper's sexuality has been a point of discussion in the past, with Out magazine featuring the anchor's face on the 2008 cover of its "Glass Closet" issue. It's unlikely there will be much fallout from Mr. Cooper's statement, as he joins other news anchors including CNN's Don Lemon and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who are also openly gay. CNN's ratings have been struggling, with the cable news network hitting its lowest level since 1991 in the second quarter.

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