Today, reporter, journalist and tv talkshow host (and silver Anderson Cooper cleared the air on his show Anderson Live. During the discussion segment of the program, Cooper, along with guest host Andy Cohen, talked about his open letter to Andrew Sullivan in which Cooper confirmed that he is gay.
First, Cooper reflected on how coming out should not have negative connotations or implications on one’s future success:
“I was really pleased with the response–it’s nice. I think it’s important to send a message to, especially young people, there’s nothing to be ashamed of and you can be successful and you can have a life and you can have many interests and this is one part of your life.“
Cooper also took this opportunity to clear the air from the recent reports he heard from celebrity muckraker Star Jones, who claimed that Cooper only came out to help boost his daytime talkshow ratings (with a dash of snark):
“I haven’t thought about Star Jones in I don’t know how long. I was unaware she was even on TV still but she apparently shows up on a morning show . . .out of the blue Star Jones said after I sent this email Star Jones said this was a ratings ploy by me to boost ratings,”
Cooper makes note that his coming out WAS NOT on the air and IF that had been the avenue he wanted to take, he would’ve done so on his show. Cooper also explained that he had previously invited the show but declined. Jokingly, Cooper and Cohen state that if she were to come on, Cohen, a Bravo tv personality and host, could be the host.
*Sigh* I could stare at those eyes of his forever…oh and good for you Anderson standing up for yourself!