I'M SURE THAT when most people heard that Anderson Cooper was gay, they thought, "Uh, duh." But Cooper, the ubiquitous newsman and talk-show host, has now officially come out, via the blog of his longtime friend Andrew Sullivan at the Daily Beast.
"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," Cooper wrote in an email to Sullivan. He went on to say that he has no desire to be an activist.
And the Internet reverberated with more sounds of "Uh, duh."
Cooper was one of those celebrities who everyone who cared about such things already knew was gay. In May 2007, Out magazine ran a piece by Village Voice gossip columnist Michael Musto about openly gay celebrities who refused to come out to the public. Cooper was on the cover alongside actress Jodie Foster, who talked about her longtime girlfriend publicly for the first time shortly after the story ran.