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DeGeneres's appearance on Anderson Cooper's CNN broadcast is hardly surprising given Cooper's repeated inclusion of gay and lesbian issues on his show. Cooper, a CNN anchor since December 2001, has featured numerous queer news items on his nightly newscast, although Cooper himself has been coy about disclosing his own sexuality.

Coincident with the suicide of Tyler Clementi, Cooper also reported on the bullying behavior of Michigan assistant attorney general Andrew Shirvell who, in 2010, set up a website devoted entirely to attacking openly gay University of Michigan student body president Chris Armstrong.

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Shirvell accused Armstrong of being a Nazi-like recruiter for the "cult of homosexuality," shouted him down on campus, and called him "Satan's representative on the student assembly." Shirvell was also discovered outside Armstrong's home secretly videotaping him, leading Armstrong to file a personal protection order against Shirvell in September 2010.

Cooper interviewed Shirvell later that same month and observed that Shirvell appeared to be "obsessed with this young gay man," and inquired that if a gay person were to need Shirvell's services as assistant attorney general, "would a gay person feel comfortable being defended by you?" The result was that Shirvell's actions were brought to national attention. He was ultimately fired from his job and sued by Armstrong.

Cooper continues to host Anderson Cooper 360 Degrees, and remains committed to including glbtq storylines in his broadcasts, so much so that his CNN webpage has a category solely devoted to episodes covering gay and lesbian issues, even though he himself continues to resist calls for him to address the rumors regarding his sexual orientation.

In September 2011, Cooper debuted Anderson, a syndicated daytime talk show. As New York Times columnist Alessandra Stanley observed, Anderson allows viewers to know more about Anderson Cooper than they have learned in the decade he spent as a CNN anchor and correspondent, though the one thing Cooper does not talk about on the show is his love life.

That may change soon, however. As Stanley notes, "It's hard to see how he can continue to leave that out selectively and preserve one particular zone of privacy while building a confessional talk show wrapped around his good looks, high spirits and glamorous adventures."

In spite of Cooper's carefully deflecting questions about his sexuality, Anderson has not shied away from presenting on his show gay cultural icons and topics of glbtq interest. For example, Cooper has interviewed his famous mother Gloria Vanderbilt, interviewed the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, his favorite show, and got a spray tan with Snooki of Jersey Shore.

Still, Cooper has proven adept at deflecting attention from himself even as his move to daytime television has represented a means for him to explore new terrain and reveal more of his personality and life.

While Cooper has displayed a studied, almost professional detachment about his visibility and openness, other popular talk show hosts are decidedly less circumspect. Cast members on such daytime television staples as ABC's long-running and critically acclaimed The View, for instance, regularly discuss and debate a wide variety of gay and lesbian issues and frequently immerse themselves in the topics.

Created by legendary broadcast journalist Barbara Walters, The View debuted in 1997 and features a panel of women as co-hosts. In addition to Walters, co-hosts on the show have included such gay or gay-friendly personalities as Rosie O'Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, and Joy Behar, who have provided balance for conservative cast members such as Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

Although lively and often testy topical interchanges between co-hosts occur frequently on The View, issues surrounding same-sex marriage have provoked some of the most heated exchanges. For example, on November 5, 2008, the day after the 2008 presidential election, show co-hosts hotly debated state-level same-sex marriage initiatives, a debate that resulted in the show's highest ratings and an eventual Daytime Emmy Award win for Outstanding Talk Show Host (shared by all five co-hosts) in 2009.

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