MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow says it's time for other gay television anchors to come out and be open about their sexual orientation.
“I’m sure other people in the business have considered reasons why they’re doing what they’re doing, but I do think that if you’re gay you have a responsibility to come out,” she said to The Guardian.
Shortly after the profile on Maddow came out, many readers linked her call to action as a jab at CNN's Anderson Cooper, who is rumored to be gay. Maddow rebutted the murmurs, saying that she had not mentioned Cooper throughout the interview, nor was she referring to him specifically.
"I wasn't asked about Anderson Cooper, I didn't say anything about him, he literally was never discussed during the interview at all -- even implicitly," she wrote on her blog Monday. "I don't tend to be shy when I criticize -- you wouldn't have to read between the lines if that's what I was trying to do."