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It may be the Fourth of July, and not Thanksgiving, but Anderson Cooper is in an appreciative mood.

The announcement that this CNN anchor is gay was met by a horde of fans and celebrities sending their best wishes and congratulations to the reporter, all recognizing his bravery and well-reasoned statement explaining why he seemed to take so long to exit the closet.

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Now, while he continues to travel the globe and do his job as a journalist, Cooper has taken a moment to thank those who have reached out.

"I appreciate all the nice tweets," he Tweeted yesterday. "I am in Botswana working but want to wish everyone a great 4th of July!"

We wish the very same to you, Anderson, and to every single one of our readers!

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In a thoughtful, well-reasoned statement, Anderson Cooper came out as a proud gay man today, saying:

"Recently I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something - something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid.

"This is distressing because it is simply not true."

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In response to the (not surprising) reveal, many celebrities have taken to Twitter and sent the CNN anchor their best wishes. A sampling is below:

Neil Patrick Harris: “Good for you, @AndersonCooper. You’re awesome.”

Jesse Tyler Ferguson: “One of the reasons I look up to my friend @andersoncooper is his amazing eloquence. Very proud of him!”

Ellen DeGeneres: “I’m proud of you, @AndersonCooper.”

LeAnn Rimes: “Rock on @AndersonCooper for being a brave, classy man. Much respect!”

Kelly Ripa: “So proud of you @andersoncooper . Always have been, always will be.”

Sara Bareilles: “I applaud @andersoncooper for being authentic and honest with the public. It helps others feel brave too.”

Joan Rivers: “Thrilled @AndersonCooper came out! So, THAT’S why he never wanted to date me! I would’ve loved having Gloria Vanderbilt as my mother-in-law.”

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CNN's Anderson Cooper recently admitted for the first time, in the context of an email exchange with The Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan, that he is gay.

Sullivan, who is also gay, asked Cooper for comment on an EW story about gay people in public life coming out differently than in years past.

As the visibility of gay people - high-profile or not - is at the core of individuals, the deceasing newsworthiness of such revelations is encouraging.

Anderson Cooper Gay

Asked for his take on the subject, Cooper told Sullivan - and gave him the go-ahead to print - what he's never matter-of-factly said before:

"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."

On why he hasn't made it an issue before now, he says:

"Although my job puts me in the public eye, I have tried to maintain some level of privacy in my life. Part of that has been for purely personal reasons."

"I think most people want some privacy for themselves and people they are close to."

"But I've also wanted to retain privacy for professional reasons. Since I started as a reporter 20 years ago, I've often found myself in some very dangerous places."

"For my safety and the safety of those I work with, I try to blend in as much as possible, and prefer to stick to my job of telling other people’s stories, and not my own."

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Things you didn't expect to see today ... Anderson Cooper recalling to Kathy Griffin about the time he tore some guy a new one on an airplane!

The CNN anchor appeared on Griffin's Bravo show Kathy Thursday night and described how someone was recently trying to take his photo on a plane.

When he saw the guy was trying to clandestinely "do the reverse iPhone thing" and snap a pic of AC - even as AC watched incredulously - he snapped.

"I've lately become emboldened and grabbed the guy on the shoulder," Anderson said, followed by, "Bitch, what the F are you doing?"

Bet you didn't see that coming ... nor did the guy with the iPhone.

The Silver Fox then added, "It was just one of those things where, as soon as I said it, I thought 'I can't believe I just said this to the guy!"

Neither can we, but it's pretty hilarious.

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You don't see this every day: Anderson Cooper rather abruptly pulled the plug on his own interview with Sarah Burge, a.k.a. Human Barbie, almost as soon as it began.

Calling her "dreadful" and nearly at a loss for words, AC couldn't hide his disdain for Burge, the Guinness World Record holder for most plastic surgeries.

We know ... we thought Heidi Montag held that too.

Watch the amazing clip below, in which Barbie Mom gets absolutely eviscerated by the Silver Fox and is effectively kicked off Anderson in mid-interview ...

Things started to unravel when Cooper was grilling Sarah Burge over allowing her teen daughter to get Botox so she'd sweat less during beauty pageants.

As she tried to explain, he said, "I gotta be honest ... just stop. I'm sorry. I try to be really polite to all my guests, but I just think you're dreadful."

He added, "I honestly don't want to talk to you anymore."

Anderson later released a video statement saying he regrets the way things ended and his decision to have her on the show in the first place.

Take a look at that video clip after the jump ...

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Will the cast of TLC's Sister Wives make it an even five?

The crew was asked that and much more by Anderson Cooper this week. Kody Brown, the patriarch of the polygamist family, wasn't exactly dismissive of the idea of adding a fifth wife, though he didn't seem eager either.

"Certainly not right now," said Kody.

"That doesn't sound like a 'no' to me," interjected Anderson, before Brown elaborated as to how his religious beliefs leave the door open.

"You guys have to understand that I answer to essentially a higher call. I'm part of an order, a church," said Kody, claiming it's out of his hands.

"So there is a situation where I feel I am maxed out anddon't want to take another wife. I am not interested in that, but there is a requirement."

"I answer to a higher calling, and if that requirement comes along and I have a choice in it, then I will do it. But I would prefer not to."

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Anderson Cooper just cannot keep it together sometimes.

The CNN anchor, whose laughter famously got the best of him last year during a story on Gerard Depardieu (or Depard-two if you will), lost it again last night.

The giggling started during a segment about Dyngus Day (a Polish holiday marking the end of Lent) and progressed to the point of sheer ridiculousness.

A voiceover describing the holiday's traditions was the tipping point. Once the words "a tap from a pussy willow branch" were uttered, AC checked out.

Watch the Dyngus Day segment, followed by Anderson Cooper's hilarious giggling display - which got so bad he had to get up and leave - below:

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M.I.A. recently made headlines for flipping her middle finger at the Super Bowl.

Now she's pointing the finger at CNN anchor Anderson Cooper of all people.

Why, you ask? The apparent lack of news coverage about an issue close to her heart - the slaughter of Tamil civilians in her native Sri Lanka - led to a heated exchange with Cooper and allegations that he branded her a "terrorist."

MIA vs AC

Disappointed in AC's perceived failure to report the atrocities, M.I.A. lashed out.

"@AndersonCooper called me a terrorist for speaking out, and expressed support for the SLgov," she wrote, adding that "respected journos" don't "get it wrong."

That statement prompted a sharp rejoinder from Cooper:

"What are you talking about?... you are mistaken. I never called you a terrorist. I don't even know who you are other than the lady who sang at superbowl."

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New Year's Eve telecasts were chock full of entertaining performances, from Justin Bieber to Selena Gomez.

But Kathy Griffin has stolen many of the headlines from these performers, not by belting out any notes... but by undoing her belt, along with other items of clothing.

Indeed, the comedian co-hosted CNN's Time Square coverage alongside Anderson Cooper and shed most of her layers while the camera was capturing the crystal ball, confetti and thousands of revelers. When it returned, viewers were treated to the following awkward sight:

"Are you freaking kidding me?" Cooper asked, trying to stifle the sort of laughter that engulfed him a few weeks ago on live TV.

"I have a no-apology policy," Griffin told CBS news hours after the broadcast. "No apologies for jokes. I apologize in my real life all the time. I say ridiculous things, I make mistakes constantly... But when I'm on stage, I'm at a microphone... it's a joke!"

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J.R. Martinez attended the CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at The Shrine Auditorium in L.A. Sunday night, and if there were ever a celebrity to which the term "hero" truly applied, it would be this fall's Dancing With the Stars winner.

An Iraq War survivor who became a motivational speaker, advocate for veterans and soap opera star after being severely burned in a land mine explosion, the 28-year-old J.R. is a living, breathing testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Handsome too!

Anderson Cooper? He's a pretty cool dude too. The CNN anchor has made countless trips to veterans hospitals over the years, bringing attention to those who need it. He was also looking sharp last night as well - but more so than J.R.? Vote below:

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Who dressed best, J.R. Martinez or Anderson Cooper? Take a look at their respective style at the CNN Tribute to Heroes event and vote in our survey? View Poll »

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