Ellen DeGeneres, Wanda Sykes, others take to the Tweets in support of Anderson Cooper

Recently out Anderson Cooper with close friend Kathy Griffin

Anderson Cooper and good friend Kathy Griffin

Lesbian.com, July 5, 2012

Twitter was aflutter with congratulatory messages for Anderson Cooper after he formally came out earlier this week. Ellen DeGeneres, Wanda Sykes and Kathy Griffin were among those who expressed support via the social media site.

“I’m proud of you, Anderson Cooper,” DeGeneres tweeted.

Sykes wrote, “Proud of you. Thank you,” and Cooper’s close friend Kathy Griffin added a photo with the note, “Here I am with my friend who I’m so proud of.”

Others took the opportunity to have some fun with Cooper’s news, with comedian Andy Borowitz tweeting, “Anderson Cooper said he didn’t want to make his announcement on CNN because he wanted people to hear about it” and Joan Rivers adding, “Thrilled Anderson Cooper came out! So, that’s why he never wanted to date me! I would’ve loved having Gloria Vanderbilt as my mother-in-law.”

Cooper came out Monday in an email to fellow gay journalist Andrew Sullivan. Sullivan posted the letter to The Daily Beast.

“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,” said the CNN anchor.

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