Rachel Maddow has a message for closeted gay news anchors, "if you're gay you have a responsibility to come out."
The MSNBC host made the comments in an interview with the UK's Guardian
. She talks about growing up, coming out and working in cable news.
's Hadley Freeman asks Maddow if she feels frustration about "an equally well-known news presenter who is widely assumed to be gay but has never come out."
Maddow responds, "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."
The news anchor goes unnamed in the interview published Monday, but there is widespread speculation on the Internet that the question was about CNN's Anderson Cooper.
Earlier this month, Out
magazine named Cooper and Fox News anchor Shepard Smith among the most influential gay figures on its Power 50 list.