CNBC Panelist Accidentally Outs Apple CEO Tim Cook, Inspires Awkward Silence: VIDEO

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During CNBC's Squawk on the Street segment on Friday about the lack of openly gay CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, co-anchor Simon Hobbs asked the group:

“I think Tim Cook is fairly open about the fact he's gay at the head of Apple, isn't he?”

Cook, though he has spoken out about ending anti-LGBT discrimination, has not spoken publicly about his own sexual orientation, and the subsequent silence of the panel made that clear with a sharp, extremely awkward silence.

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