Anderson Cooper responded on Tuesday to the outpouring of attention that followed his coming out on Monday.

Cooper's reaction was, typically for him, understated and brief -- just as his announcement that he was gay had been. He came out in a relatively under-the-radar manner, penning an email to friend and blogger Andrew Sullivan.

"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.

Cooper's name immediately began trending on Twitter, as seemingly everybody weighed in. The reaction appeared to be overwhelmingly positive, as people congratulated him for taking the step.

Throughout Monday, CNN said that Cooper was away on assignment and would likely not make any extended comment beyond his email. On Tuesday, though, Cooper sent a single tweet to his followers:


Anderson Cooper
I appreciate all the nice tweets. I am in Botswana working but want to wish everyone a great 4th of July!

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