MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has suggested that CNN anchor Anderson Cooper should come out of the closet.

Despite never acknowledging – or denying – that he's gay, Cooper has become a staple on gay glossy Out's annual list of the most powerful and influential gay people in America. (A distinction he shares with actress Jodie Foster.) Cooper, 43, ranked 3rd in this year's roundup, just ahead of fourth-place finisher Maddow.

The 38-year-old Maddow arrived at MSNBC in the fall of 2008 to host her own show, The Rachel Maddow Show, becoming the first openly lesbian host on cable television news.

In a recent interview with UK daily the Guardian, Maddow said being a role model for the LGBT community “gives [her] joy,” and added that gay anchors have a responsibility to come out.

“I'm sure other people in the business have considered reasons why they're doing what they're doing, but I do think that if you're gay you have a responsibility to come out,” Maddow told the paper.

Maddow and her partner, artist Susan Mikula, have been together nearly 13 years.