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CNN’s Don Lemon about Anderson Cooper coming out: ‘Kudos to him!’

Don Lemon came out a year ago and has had zero regrets. CREDIT: CNN

Don Lemon came out a year ago and has had zero regrets. CREDIT: CNN

CNN’s Don Lemon was happy to hear the news today that evening host Anderson Cooper has finally publicly stated what many people long suspected: he’s gay.

What prompted Cooper? An Entertainment Weekly cover story about how famous folks come out now vs. a few years ago.

“It’s kind of a yawn” as defined as news, said Lemon in a phone interview today. But Lemon, a CNN anchor and reporter based out of Atlanta, came out a year ago and has zero regrets.

“It helps me so much personally. Whatever negatives it may have on my career has been far supplanted by what personal autonomy I’ve gained and confidence it has built. I think anytime you’re true to yourself and open up, it can only help you.”

Lemon said he and Cooper are not friends but friendly colleagues. “Everyone knew it was an open secret,” Lemon said. “Kudos to him. I think we should all be positive and happy for him. Even though he’s reached a degree of professional success not many people ever reach, I still think it’s going to be great for him and help him be an even better person and journalist like it did for me.”

Lemon said he’s in New York City right now and in the past might have been consumed about the local gay scene and his place in it. Now, he said, “it never even crosses my mind.”

He said he can now make references to his sexual orientation on air and nobody blinks an eye. This past Saturday, a woman was talking about a study on shoes and how they match up to your personality. Facetiously, Lemon said he took his shoe off and asked her what his personality is. “They say you’re gay,” she said jokingly.

anderson cooper“Everyone in the newsroom cracked up,” Lemon said. “A couple of folks on Twitter commented about it. Then we just moved on. A few years ago, people might have created a fuss. Now it’s no big deal. The world keeps moving.”

The Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan, another openly gay newsman, wrote to Cooper asking for his reaction to the Entertainment Weekly story and published the response on his blog, The Dish, on Monday morning.

“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.”

His rationale for hiding it: “I’ve always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly.”

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

41 comments Add your comment

JTesla

July 2nd, 2012
4:16 pm

Good for Anderson, I’m glad he came out on his own terms, but I don’t care. Just give me the news, thanks.

I don’t understand the fascination with his sexual orientation or the need to point out “I already knew” or “it was so obvious”. Good for you, maybe when you mature a little you will stop obsession about gay people. Unless, of course, if there is some Bingo game I’m missing out on, in that case give yourself +5 points for calling Anderson Cooper correctly.

matt

July 2nd, 2012
4:42 pm

Hope Anderson Cooper coming out will encourage Shepard Smith and Sean Hannity to do the same thing.

Fred ™

July 2nd, 2012
4:46 pm

Why does it matter?

Izzy

July 2nd, 2012
6:37 pm

Anderson Cooper gay? Next you’ll be telling me the following are in fact true:
1. The lead singer of the B52’s is not heterosexual.
2. Joe Biden is a genius.
3. Elvis and Bigfoot are coming out of hiding to form a new singing duo.
4. The AJC is not biased.

JTesla

July 2nd, 2012
7:03 pm

Izzy, did you intentionally mean to fail with your list? When other people do that joke they list items that are obviously true to them and don’t need to be told, like you did with Anderson and your item number 1. However, the fail comes when we follow that line of thinking with points 2-4. In other words, you KNEW Anderson Cooper and the “lead singer of the B52’s” are gay just as you KNOW that Joe Biden is a genius, Elvis and Bigfoot are hiding, and the AJC has no bias.

I know that the internet can provide some humorous material for your comments, but maybe you should stick to some original material.

Tesla314

July 2nd, 2012
7:21 pm

Tea Party “Meber”: Perhaps you’d be better off taking some remedial English courses before you start spouting your illiterate lunacy.

what_a_maroon

July 2nd, 2012
7:25 pm

Tea Party Meber I was going to respond to you but I can’t stop laughing at just how stupid your posts were. ARE YOU SERIOUS? If your IQ was one point lower you’d be a rutabaga!

Fedup

July 2nd, 2012
8:00 pm

THis is breaking? This is coming out of the closet with glass doors. This is not a surprise. And Don Lemmon, another reason CNN is dying a slow death. Horrible!

JPL

July 2nd, 2012
8:41 pm

James Steal.. You actually sound like an expert. Don’t they have retraining camps or something for your illness.

3d

July 2nd, 2012
8:46 pm

Both of these cats look gay.

harriet

July 2nd, 2012
8:48 pm

this does not matter to me . i love him so much. a beautiful person and a wonderful news man

FoxNewsGuy

July 2nd, 2012
9:21 pm

I’m shocked!! AC is gay? Maybe he got fresh with one of the Brotherhood in Egypt last year–that would explain the beating. Well, after CNN’s viewership drops below OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network), AC can always get a job in the men’s department at Macy’s!

Who?

July 2nd, 2012
9:33 pm

With all due respect to Mr. Lemon and Mr. Cooper, this isn’t news. I haven’t watched CNN in years not because they employ gay entertainers, but because they are an inferior network. Couldn’t care less who sleeps with who. Why do these people think they are important enough that the public cares who they wake up with? This information brings no added value to anyone’s life.

Porter

July 2nd, 2012
10:01 pm

Anderson Cooper did today what he always does on his show – tell people what they already know.

MyPatootie

July 3rd, 2012
12:25 am

In other startling news today, in case there was any question, Bruce Willis said he had always been straight as an error, and would be until the day he dies. Guess everyone will have to start wearing a button on their shirt saying “S” or “G” just so there’s no mistake. Hint to all in Hollywood,the media, and the music industry: “We really don’t give a rat’s rump, and don’t want to know”. Why do YOU want everyone to know?

MyPatootie

July 3rd, 2012
12:29 am

“Matt@4:42PM” You got one out of two correct. Right on Shepard Smith but way, way, wrong on Sean Hannity. He has a wife and kids, and is known as a ladies man far and wide. Pay attention, your “gaydar” is fouled up!

Marie

July 3rd, 2012
8:31 am

Any grown man that giggles like a 10 year old girl is GAY so really Cooper there was no reason for you to state the obvious. You confirmed it for all a few months back with your unprofessional over-the-top laughter about nothing on the air — and you sounded like a little girl.

joe

July 3rd, 2012
9:26 am

no one with an iq over 85 voluntarily watches cnn.

communist news network.

anderson cooper is a prick and so is don lemon….what a fitting name. they are both your typical liberal douchbags. let them be carjacked, or home invaded violently and they will start whistling a different tune i assure you. i hope anderson cooper’s family is home invaded and he is schooled hard.

missnadine

July 3rd, 2012
9:40 am

Those two would make a great couple!

Shaking my head

July 3rd, 2012
9:57 am

@Tea Party Meber: If you were attempting to smear a group you dislike by association, you failed—miserably. What are you, fifteen years old?

Now as to ‘joe’, I can easily see you attending every Tea Party rally. Seriously? You wish extreme violence and/or death on some one and their family just because you don’t agree with them? WWJD?

David Puddy

July 3rd, 2012
10:35 am

Cooper came out during his giggling fit some time ago; it was obvious. No surprise here.

Juanita R. Wayne

July 3rd, 2012
11:05 am

Conversely, I prefer to watch CNN for the following reasons: 1. It’s inclusive. 2. It reflects diversity.
3. Contrarily, it is more fair and balanced than FOX. 4. Unlike FOX, it’s devoid of mean spiritedness. 5. I feel happy when listening to the daily news without having to feel the sting of underlying messages by the so called “Right”. Americans, “Come on people now, let’s get together and love one another, RIGHT NOW”.

KGray

July 3rd, 2012
12:28 pm

Joe, I have an IQ that is well over 85 and I like CNN and I think people who live in trailers and have miss teeth and are married to their cousins.They believe everything word that Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh have to sy or have said and they have IQ’s below 30.

TuffShhhtuff

July 3rd, 2012
12:55 pm

Someone earlier said Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper would make a great couple. I guess that might be true. Then Anderson Cooper could truthfully say, “when someone hands you a lemon, you’re screwed”!

clay

July 3rd, 2012
1:00 pm

AC is gay? What a shocker! Next your going to tell me Bob Neil of Cox Radio isn’t still looking for the right woman.

Ryan S.

July 3rd, 2012
1:10 pm

Hey Coop! Good for you – you have given me courage so look for my announcement soon. Next time you are in ATL, let’s meet at Amsterdam’s for one of Sammie’s special martinis!!

Shirley

July 3rd, 2012
2:46 pm

I thought that was public knowledge. Hollywood knew. Who care about his sexual orientation? Do anyone really care. I do not have to like it nor do I have to accept it. I feel I need to respect it each to his or her lifestyle. This is a personal matter. People do not have the right to be in your personal private business. Love is a pure emotion with whom ever your heart desire. The desire of the heart trumps everything.

Shay

July 3rd, 2012
3:17 pm

People that are spouting “who cares”. Clearly you do if you come to comment on the article. There has been rumors forever but this is the first time he has ever addressed it. I think he did it in a classy manner that doesn’t make me think any less of him as a journalist.

TheLazyComic

July 3rd, 2012
6:24 pm

Well… Cooper is at the correct network. CNN has been trying to bend us over for years and have us drink the Kool-Aid.

Tea part

July 3rd, 2012
7:06 pm

“It’s hard to talk when you’re teabagging.”…….Anderson Cooper(AC360)

Oprah

July 3rd, 2012
7:20 pm

Well…I guess Cooper is now eligible to contest for the day time queen position left open by… Queen Oprah.

Jarkim

July 3rd, 2012
9:45 pm

These unfortunate announcements leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. How in the world can a man feel happy with another man when everything suggest it is obviously an un-natural. We have come too accepting of the most distasteful thing I can imagine – it is revolting. It has nothing to do with IQ. Its plain NASTY no matter who you are or where you are from. People in high places with influence instead of adding value to the society chipping out junks of the decent way of life

Frank Candor

July 4th, 2012
6:08 am

Seemingly, heterosexuality has become an anomaly in our society. One’s social or sexual orientation does not need to be broadcasted to the world….it is almost as if these declarations of homosexuality have become the latest “fads” or trends in our society…Where are the modern-day Jonah’s of the world???? Next, ppl will be championing pedophilia as the norm; adultery and fornication will be viewed as badges of honor, and acts of cannibalism will be viewed as a dietary choice. No wonder the country has been experiencing unprecedented heatwaves

west indian

July 4th, 2012
6:49 am

One would not believe that America professes to the world that it has democractic values which it would like to foister on the world, yet you have citizens no wanting to respect peoples’ choices. Shame on you. Both Cooper and Lemon are professionals and I like listening to them as well as CNN from here in the Carobbean, specifically Barbados. i take this opportunity to invite them to take a vacation in Barbado, before the US elctions as they will need all the rest they can get before those elections.

Jarkim

July 4th, 2012
7:04 am

Well said Frank Candor.

Kat

July 4th, 2012
6:47 pm

So many comments on here are from people trying to be ironic – followed up by people who are telling them that they don’t understand something. BEFORE commenting on how someone made an error, re-read their post(s). It won’t take long, and it will keep you from looking like an idiot.

JTesla

July 5th, 2012
12:03 pm

So Kat, should you have followed your own advice?

Southside Steve

July 5th, 2012
12:20 pm

hes a lip flipper

Blue-eyedMixedGirl

July 5th, 2012
4:12 pm

@Jarkim: Alas you sound just like one of those raving teabagging evangelicals (based on your use of the words “un-unatural” [sic] and “decent way of life”). I’m straight as can be (not that it matters), but tell me something.

Why are right-wingers and evangelicals so damn hypocritical? Evangelical “Christians” go to church to applause and “Amen!” when their “preachers” condemn homosexuals and blabber on about marriage being solely “between a man and a woman.” The funny thing is, the bible they use to condemn others is the same bible that prohibits fornication and adultery.

Ah, but you don’t see these evangelical preachers go on continual pulpit rants against females sitting in their pews who had/have children out of wedlock, or those presently committing those two other “sins” of fornication and adultery or living with someone without being married because that would probably comprise at least 85% of their congregation. …These “preachers” don’t have the cojones to be fair and equally condemn their sexual “sins” for fear of watching the bulk of their money and tithes walk out the door.

The oldest trick in the book is to talk about “them” (gays) to avoid the focus being on “you” (heterosexual fornicators and/or adulterers). Apparently these evangelicals and “Christians” don’t realize that while they’re pointing a finger at one group – three of their own fingers are pointing back at them.

Just like members of the Assembly of God (i.e. Sarah Palin who was pregnant when she married Todd) whose adherents often damn others to hell for their “sins” when “sin” lives in their own homes with their fornicating and/or pregnant teenaged daughters.

@Frank Candor: As to your angst over a high-profile individual ‘broadcasting’ his orientation “to the world,” had you read what Cooper wrote you’d know why he chose to come out publicly. Had you one iota of compassion, you’d be concerned about a group of CHILDREN that have a high suicide rate (gay teens) and be compelled to do whatever you could to prevent their deaths and help them see that their lives have value.

Frank Candor

July 6th, 2012
6:01 am

@Blue-eyed Mixed Girl: I did, in fact, read the Anderson Cooper article and his rationale for “coming out”. Contrary to what you may perceive, I am quite empathetic to the plight of all PEOPLE, particularly those who are grappling with the “strongholds” and “vice grips” of this particular sin. You’re absolutely right when you alluded to the fact that “sin is sin”; it is all abominable before God–be it adultery, fornication, idolatry, cheating, stealing,”shackin’ up” etc… I think, however, we enter into a serious quagmire when we “placate” one particular sin for fear of political, economic,or professional backlash. No, we as humanist need not berate those individuals who “suffer” from the “ills” of homosexuality—- or any other “vice”. Instead, we must remain prayerful and optimistic that ALL sinners can be reconciled back to God.Indeed, I am not trying to proselytize; I just desire to be a part of the conversation….

Frank Candor

July 6th, 2012
6:13 am

As a point of clarity, I am not only concerned about the high suicide rate amongst “gay” teens , but I am also equally concerned about the high “suicide” rate amongst incorrigible teens who are “killing” themselves literally, academically, spiritually, socially, and professionally because they do not believe that their dreams and lives are of any value…..