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Apple CEO Tim Cook Outed As Gay During Broadcast By CNBC's Simon Hobbs

Simon Hobbs had a major slip up on CNBC on Friday as he accidentally outed Apple CEO Tim Cook as gay during a live discussion.

Hobbs and the other anchors were discussing gay CEOs in major corporations with New York Times columnist James B. Stewart when the author explained he couldn't find anyone to go on record for his book.

"I got an extremely cool reception, not one would allow to be named at all," Stewart explained.

That's when Hobbs interjected that: "I think Tim Cook is fairly open about the fact that he is gay at the head of Apple, isn't he?"

Hobbs' comment was met with silence from the panel, until Stewart said: "Umm, no.

"Oh dear, was that an error?" Hobbs replied. "I thought he was open about it."

"I don't want to comment on anybody who might or might not be," responded the columnist. "I'm not going to out anybody, and I called a lot of people, and no one at any major company would allow their names to be used."

Cook has stood up for several LGBT rights in the past but hasn't ever publicly spoken about his sexuality.

June 30, 2014 |

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