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ABC news anchor Josh Elliott wondered if he was gay after his father came out to him

'It's a lot to work through as an 8th grade boy'
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Josh Elliott, news anchor for ABC's Good Morning America, got personal while guest hosting on The View this week.

Elliott told viewers about how his father's coming out as gay when the journalist was 13 immediately made him wonder about his own sexuality.

'My first feeling when my father told me was loyalty - thinking "I guess I have to be gay too. Maybe I'm gay,"' Elliott said. 'It's a lot to work through as an 8th grade boy.'

Since his father died just two years after coming out to his son, Elliott will be forever grateful for his honesty.

'For two years I got to see him complete and out and proud,' he said.

After the broadcast, Elliott received a supportive tweet from View co-host Jenny McCarthy. He replied by thanking her 'for the chance to share a bit of the man to whom I owe everything.'

Elliott had first spoke publicly about his father being gay in 2012 at a GLAAD awards dinner. He has been outspoken about LGBTI equality and is close friends with former GMA weather anchor Sam Champion.

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