CNN's Don Lemon says coming out gay was the “scariest thing” he ever did.

The 49-year-old Lemon, host of CNN Tonight, came out in his 2011 264-page memoir Transparent, making him the third open gay news personality behind MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Thomas Roberts. Since that time, ABC's Robin Roberts and CNN's Anderson Cooper have also come out.

Lemon discussed his coming out during an appearance on The Meredith Vieira Show.

“It was the scariest thing I ever did,” Lemon told host Meredith Vieira.

“After my mom said, 'I'm okay with you saying everything. I'm okay with who you are. I love you,' then who cares ...” Lemon said to a round of applause.

When asked whether he received negative reaction, Lemon answered, “I didn't care. It doesn't matter.”