Comedian Kathy Griffin says she never thought of outing her pal Anderson Cooper, but adds she was asked to plenty of times.

In an op-ed published Tuesday on The Daily Beast, Griffin described the media as being “fixated” on Anderson's sexual orientation, which he discussed for the first time on Monday.

“Kicking around for as many years as I have, I've done countless interviews pushing Kathy Griffin: My life on the D-List, stand-up comedy specials, live comedy dates, the Kathy show, and everything in between. I've talked to everyone from a local gay blogger to Time magazine. I'm not really sure at what point it changed, but the press – or at least the press who covered my little carnival – became fixated on Anderson's orientation. And for years, I talked around it.”

“Believe it or not, I don't 'out' people. It is neither my business nor my desire. … But in my dealings with a certain sector of the press, that simply was never good enough.”

“So while I've tried to protect my friend and represent him the way he would most prefer, I was never exactly clear on just how to do it, how to say it. One year, while in the middle of doing several interviews to promote New Year’s Eve Live on CNN, I had a discussion with Anderson about it. 'For Christ's sake, Anderson, I've been getting asked as much about your sexuality as I have about my own show!' I said.”

“He said: 'Kathy, I don’t get asked as much about my sexuality as you get asked about my sexuality. But here's my standard party line: 'I want to report the news. I don’t want to be the news.'”

Griffin concluded by saying she loves her friend and is proud of him.

“And I'm honored, truly, that he considers me a friend. But I just want him to be careful. Of course he wouldn't be doing his job if he really were being careful. And he wouldn't be who he is.”