Anderson Cooper has said he came out gay because he did not want to send the message that he's ashamed of his sexuality.

The 45-year-old Cooper came out in an e-mail to The Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan after years of dodging rumors.

“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,” he wrote.

During a segment on his daytime talk show, co-host Kristin Chenoweth asked Cooper about his “big summer.”

Cooper told Chenoweth that he has been out since high school but stopped short of discussing his sexuality publicly “because as a reporter I didn't think it was appropriate. It didn't seem part of my job.”

“[A]t the same time, I think visibility is important,” he added, saying that he didn't “want to send a message that there was anything I was ashamed about or unhappy about or not comfortable with. That was the main thing for me.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)