A giggly Anderson Cooper on his daytime TV show Monday: "Now I'm all blushing and I'm getting nervous" as he tells Anderson Live premiere co-host Kristin Chenoweth why he publicly came out of the closet this summer.
"I came out in high school," Cooper says. "I told my friends, I told my family, I've always been out to my co-workers and stuff. It's just not something I talk about publicly 'cause as a reporter I didn't think it was appropriate. It didn't seem like part of my job."
"Visibility is important. I do think the tide of history only moves forward when everybody is fully visible. ... I didn't want to send a message that it was anything I was ashamed about or unhappy about or not comfortable with."