Why Kathy Griffin Never Outed Anderson Cooper

The big news yesterday was CNN anchor and reporter Anderson Cooper coming out in a letter to The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan. This left numerous fans of outspoken comedienne Kathy Griffin wondering why she’d never said anything during her many stand up comedy appearances. After all, the two were friends and had hosted the annual New Year’s Eve Live on CNN so she must have known something. And, with Griffin being a huge supporter of LGBT rights and someone who has no problem joking about Ryan Seacrest’s orientation, there seemed to be a disconnect.

To answer that question, Griffin wrote a piece fpr the DailyBeast as well. Titled “I Would Never Have Dreamed of Outing Anderson Cooper,” she explains what she thinks of the whole deal. She states, “Well, there is an unspoken kind of DADT among the press, and Anderson’s party line only revealed part of it.” But more importantly, Griffin makes it clear that she doesn’t “out” people.

“Believe it or not, I don’t ‘out’ people,” she says. “It is neither my business nor my desire. Remember, folks, I am a comedian, not a journalist. These weren’t questions where I could make a joke about Ryan Seacrest getting a mani/pedi. This isn’t a joke I make about whether Oprah and Gayle are gay lovers. I have no idea if Oprah and Gayle are gay lovers. I doubt they are, but as a comedian, I find some comedy in picturing those two girls running the world as a power couple. Anderson is someone who has led a very specific kind of professional life, who never talked and simultaneously exhibited social contradictions. And quite frankly, he never gave me permission to speak about something that represented the one part of his life he was not comfortable having confirmed in the media. But in my dealings with a certain sector of the press, that simply was never good enough.”

She goes on to say, “Here’s the thing: I love my friend Anderson and remain immensely proud of him. And I’m honored, truly, that he considers me a friend. But I just want him to be careful. Of course he wouldn’t be doing his job if he really were being careful. And he wouldn’t be who he is.”

Cooper was recently a guest on Griffin’s late-night talk show, Kathy, which has its season finale this week.