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Anderson Cooper told the world he was gay this summer, but the talk show host swears everyone in his inner circle knew about his sexuality for many years.

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“Everybody in my life has always known… you know, I came out in high school," he said during the premiere of his daytime talk show, Anderson. "I told my friends, I told my family, I’ve always been out to my coworkers and stuff.”

He kept a tight lip on air, he said, because as a journalist he didn't see how his sexual orientation played a role in his reporting abilities.

"It didn’t seem part of my job," he said. “(But) I didn’t want to send a message that there was anything I was ashamed about or unhappy about or not comfortable with."

The CNN anchor came out via an e-mail he wrote to fellow journalist, Andrew Sullivan, which he urged the reporter to publish.

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In the note, he wrote that he felt people were "evolved enough not to be god-smacked" when someone reveals their sexual identity.

"I am the same person I always was, I do the job just the same way," he said.

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