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Anderson Cooper Discusses Decision to Come Out of the Closet: VIDEO

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On his newly revamped daytime show Anderson Live, Kristin Chenoweth discussed Anderson's "big summer", asking him what it was that made him decide, at this particular point, to come out of the closet.

Said Cooper:

"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. 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. That was the main thing for me. I appreciate all the support I got and all the encouragement. I am the same person I always was, I do the job just the same way."

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  1. Kudos to Cooper for that. He seems like a decent guy although completely overexposed. But if he's going to be everywhere all the time it's great that he's openly gay. That said, what an awful set! A Jerry Springer/Frasier mashup to take us all back to the Nineties. Ugh.

    Posted by: stranded | Sep 10, 2012 2:59:58 PM


  2. Huge props for his honesty. He's clearly a nice man too.

    It looks like they're sitting in a West Elm circa 1995, tho.

    Posted by: hehey | Sep 10, 2012 3:09:13 PM


  3. So far Cooper can do no wrong. I hope his boyfriend will always see it, and be it, that way himself.

    Now we want a big New York wedding, roses, cake, kisses, the whole nine yards. This sweet guy needs to be happy forever.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Sep 10, 2012 3:09:34 PM


  4. Kudos is right. He handled it very well and he remains the same guy he always was. I liked the part of his Beyonce interview when he asked her to confirm her and Jayzee's support for same-sex marriage - he didn't have to even bring it up but as a public gay person he is ensuring to all of us that he is not going to shy away from being gay.

    I was surprised to see his new "Anderson Live" on at 11am here on the west coast and it will be repeated again at 3pm - but he must be testing the waters because Couric's new talk show will be pitted against him at 3pm and ABC has been pouring all kinds of publicity into it.

    We love Anderson. He is a fine gay representative for our community. Now if he would just fall in love, get married and have a couple of kids the world can rest easy. :-)

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Sep 10, 2012 3:12:22 PM


  5. Yay!!! I love Anderson. What's going on with Benjamin Maisani? Damn! They make such a hot couple. Is there trouble in Paradise? Does anyone know?

    Posted by: Geoff | Sep 10, 2012 3:23:28 PM


  6. Love Anderson. Always have, always will. I'm glad that he finally stated publicly that he's gay, although many of us have known for a very long time.

    Posted by: Gigi | Sep 10, 2012 3:27:39 PM


  7. I don't know why, but just can't stop admiring him. He's so pure and always politically correct and yet very sweet.

    Posted by: Pommie | Sep 10, 2012 3:28:11 PM


  8. WTG, Anderson. Now just come out of the closet about being in an open relationship and you'll truly be free and honest! LOVE HIM!!

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 10, 2012 3:28:42 PM


  9. ugh... when he smiles and giggles my day is made better... that SET is UGLY. what happened to that gorgeous view in NYC!?! did it not work? Ellen got away from that as well, no?

    Posted by: Patrick | Sep 10, 2012 3:48:42 PM


  10. ugh... when he smiles and giggles my day is made better... that SET is UGLY. what happened to that gorgeous view in NYC!?! did it not work? Ellen got away from that as well, no?

    Posted by: Patrick | Sep 10, 2012 3:48:45 PM


  11. @MIKE: it's never good enough for some people? Always demanding more! You guys badgered him until he finally came out, but really a line should be drawn. The details of his personal relationships are that, personal. They are none of our business. How would you like it if someone asked you intimate details of your relationships? People seem to think they expect details on every aspect of famous people's lives. Worry about your own life!

    Posted by: OKEYDOKEY | Sep 10, 2012 3:49:14 PM


  12. well met, Coop.

    another brother standing up to be counted.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 10, 2012 4:01:11 PM


  13. OK: Ppl can ask me anything they want about my personal relationship. I have nothing to be ashamed of, neither does Anderson. Talking about an open relationship is no different than you talking about being gay or any straight person talking about their relationship.

    Anderson should feel the same freedom.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 10, 2012 4:06:36 PM


  14. Anderson Cooper may fall in love, may get married, may have a couple of kids.....and then again, he may not. It is his life...and like it or not, it will be lived in the public eye. He should live it as he wishes...and not feel pressure to "set a good example" and mirror an image that many people believe is acceptable. He is a human being, not a politically correct robot.

    Posted by: excy | Sep 10, 2012 4:10:18 PM


  15. It helps he's more TV entertainer these days than journalist. He's following in the footsteps of Barbara Walters.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 10, 2012 4:50:18 PM


  16. Mr Cooper has a lot class and he came out when he wanted to. It makes him a better role model.

    Posted by: jaragon | Sep 10, 2012 5:01:44 PM


  17. I'm very proud of Anderson for comin out and for being a man of integrity.
    I did find it a tiny bit ironic that, in this clip anyway, the "something" that he had said over the summer (and about which he has no shame) was spoken about in cryptic tones, as if that "something" dare not speak its name.
    If a viewer didn't already know the story, they might wonder whether he had had a testicle removed, a nosejob, gotten divorced from his wife or dyed his hair.

    Posted by: GregV | Sep 10, 2012 5:22:25 PM


  18. well, we all know the "stages" of coming out, and some never progress past the first two. heck, many never get to the FIRST one.

    but at some point we stop caring not only about people knowing that we're gay, but also knowing/worrying/CARING "what kind of gay person" we are, or are seen as.

    that whole "photo scandal"? *pshh*

    they totes had a rad-rockin' threesome. and i bet it was sick amazing.

    never forget we're allowed to live our own lives by our own rules, and if you ever find yourself worrying about "what others think" just remember that that kind of mindset kept you closeted in the first place. it aint worth it.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 10, 2012 5:33:19 PM


  19. Anderson Cooper is truly pathetic.

    He is from one of the richest families in the WORLD - not just the US but the whole WORLD.

    He had NO risk attached to coming out. NOTHING. He has more money than some countries. If he got fired by CNN for being gay he could buy the whole company.

    People in Anderson's position are in a perfect position to come out and show the world, and gay youngsters, that there is nothing wrong with being gay. Pussy Anderson waited until he was 45. FORTY FIVE !

    Anderson wanted the attention of a TV career to go along with his BILLIONS. He NEEDED the attention so he stayed in the closet so he could satisfy his own ego. He didn't want to risk losing his TV career even though he doesn't even need his monthly pay packet.

    I have no respect for him at all. He is a self centered coward.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Sep 10, 2012 6:41:08 PM


  20. Nobody owes you anything. If somebody wants to keep their private life private, it's none of anybody's freakin' business.

    I now all the lisping prancing mincing sissies here feel that every gay man on earth should be an in your face screaming homosexual, and make this the center of your own personal universe.

    Make YOUR OWN choices and live with them.

    If more gay men did more than sit around complaining and playing up their victim-hood, nobody would give a crap about AC coming out publicly. As if everybody didn't already know anyway. Like it was some huge freakin' secret.

    I look forward to the rapidly approaching day when all the silly fawning, and loathing, over every stupid talking head coming out receives the big "meah" it deserves.

    I hope I've offended both extremes, because, really, you all deserve it.

    The rest of us simply don't give a crap !

    We're here, we're queer, too, get used to it and get over yourselves. Drama queens.

    Posted by: "The Gay" | Sep 10, 2012 7:31:58 PM


  21. Good for Anderson for living his life on his own terms. Good for him for not caving into other's people projections about how THEY believe he should live his own life. Live you life on your own terms, always.

    Posted by: Marty | Sep 10, 2012 8:09:33 PM


  22. @Icebloo

    The Vanderbilts generations ago were the world's richest family. That was a long time ago, their money is old and a lot of it has been spent. Anderson is not now nor has he ever been in any position to buy Time Warner.

    Coming out a personal process for anyone no matter what their financial status.

    There are every few national news anchors of any age who are out of the closet, and the other one at CNN, Don Lemon, is older than Anderson and came out at the same age as Anderson (45) last year.

    Posted by: Greg | Sep 10, 2012 8:15:53 PM


  23. IceBloo you just sound jealous and bitter that Anderson is from a wealthy family and is also a high profile celebrity that is well liked by the general population. Like it not, as it's been said before, nobody owes you or anybody else any explanation on how, when or if, they decide to come out. Welcome to the real world.

    Posted by: BillsBills | Sep 10, 2012 8:41:27 PM


  24. Sorry, but it seemed odd that neither one if them used the word "gay." Like they were both kind of uncomfortable with the topic. Disappointing, frankly - if this is the first time he's actually talked about his "coming out."

    Posted by: andrew | Sep 10, 2012 10:04:42 PM


  25. @"The Gay" - I agree to some extent that everyone can make their own choices about coming out. But honestly, in 2012 - unless you are in the NFL or the police dept in podunk USA etc, you are a pussy and a coward by not coming out and being real and creating visibility that helps others.

    Posted by: acevedo | Sep 10, 2012 10:59:46 PM


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