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Ellen DeGeneres, Lance Bass, Kelly Ripa and others publicly support Anderson Cooper

Outpouring of support for CNN anchor who publicly confirmed he is gay

Ellen DeGeneres, Lance Bass, Kelly Ripa and others publicly support Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper has been trending on Twitter all day (2 July) with the Twitterverse abuzz over his publicly acknowledging that he is gay.

Among those tweeting about the news are the CNN anchor and daytime talk show host’s famous friends including Kelly Ripa, Kathy Griffin, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ellen DeGeneres, and fellow out newsman Thomas Roberts.

‘I’m proud of you,’ DeGeneres tweeted shortly after the news broke on The Daily Beast.

Modern Family star Ferguson wrote: ‘One of the reasons I look up to my friend @andersoncooper is his amazing eloquence. Very proud of him.’

Columnist Dan Savage echoed that sentiment: ‘Loved your coming out letter, @andersoncooper. So beautifully put. Everyone should read it.’

Two-time Olympian Johnny Weir wrote: ‘Very proud of @AndersonCooper. I recently shared an airplane ride with him and he smells of baby powder and sunshine. Well done sir.’

MSNBC anchor Roberts tweeted to Cooper: ‘Happy for you.’

Roberts also told Metro Weekly today: ‘I consider Anderson a friend and wish him nothing but personal and professional happiness. I don’t think his raw honesty will hurt him and, with or without knowing it, he has helped many.’

Two of his sometimes TV partners, Kelly Ripa and Kathy Griffin, also had public messages for Cooper via Twitter.

Ripa, with whom Cooper has often hosted the Live With Kelly morning show, played off of the newsman’s statement that he is gay and ‘always have been, always will be.’

‘So proud of you @andersoncooper. Always have been, always will be,’ Ripa wrote.’

Griffin is Cooper’s co-host for CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage and welcomed him as a guest on her weekly Bravo show last week. She posted a photo of the pair and wrote that she is ‘so proud’ of her friend.

Others who tweeted support included openly gay stars Lance Bass, Andy Cohen, Wilson Cruz, Alec Mapa and Chely Wright.

But some celebrities couldn’t help but be sarcastic since Cooper’s sexuality was already well-known among many.

Tweeted comedienne Sandra Bernhard: ‘Anderson Cooper: I’m Gay NO this is truly shocking and we never would have guessed it.’

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