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But not, by any means, any less heartfelt.
"I appreciate all the nice tweets," he wrote on his Twitter account Tuesday. "I am in Botswana working but want to wish everyone a great 4th of July!"
In an email exchange with The Daily Beast columnist Andrew Sullivan published Monday, the 45-year-old journalist finally indicated that he is, indeed, a gay man.
"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," the CNN anchor wrote.
A flurry of messages lit up Twitter almost immediately afterward.
"I'm proud of you Anderson Cooper," comedian Ellen DeGeneres tweeted.
"So proud of you Anderson Cooper. Always have been, always will be," TV host Kelly Ripa added.
But while the foul-mouthed comedienne is "immensely proud" of Cooper's announcement, she also notes that she's concerned for his safety now that he's out to the public.