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In a live TV segment of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" on Friday, co-anchor Simon Hobbs caused a kerfuffle when he inadvertently "outed" Apple CEO Tim Cook as being openly gay.

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The gaffe came during a discussion with New York Times columnist and CNBC contributor James Stewart, who was on the show to talk up his latest think piece dealing with corporate culture and gay executives.

Specifically, Stewart told "Squawk" anchor Carl Quintanilla that his most recent column focuses on former BP chief John Browne, who recently wrote a book dealing with the "tortured life" he led as a closeted gay CEO. Browne resigned from his post at the huge multinational oil and gas company in 2007 after being outed by a tabloid.

Stewart said he was surprised to learn that Browne is the first executive of a Fortune 500 or FTSE 100 company to publicly acknowledge that they are gay. The column explores why, in spite of civil rights advances, a stigma appears to exist at such high levels of business.

"I just found it very, very fascinating," Stewart said. "Of course, there are gay CEOs in major companies, and I reached out to many them. I got an extremely cool reception -- not one would allow to be named in the column."

Then Hobbs jumped in.

"I think Tim Cook is open about the fact he's gay at the head of Apple, isn't he," Hobbs asked. Following a stifling silence from the panel, and a disparaging shake of the head from Stewart, the anchor tried to recover. "Oh, dear, was that an error? I thought not."

The irony of Hobbs' ill-timed mistake was not lost on co-anchor David Faber, who said, "Wow, I think you just...yeah."

Listening closely, Hobbs can be heard just under the prattle of his co-anchors trying to cover for the slip, saying, "I think he's very open about it."



While Cook speaks somewhat frankly about Apple, he is notoriously guarded when it comes to his private life.

Speculation as to Cook's sexual orientation has been bandied about -- a profile from Valleywag went so far as to call Cook the "most powerful gay man in Silicon Valley" -- but the Apple chief has never "come out" publicly. Perhaps the closest thing to an acknowledgement was a speech Cook gave in December when he accepted a lifetime achievement award from his alma mater Auburn University. In it, he alluded to discrimination from his past, which was "rooted in fear of people that were different than the majority."

That Hobbs' comment -- and executives' reluctance to be named in Stewart's column -- created such a flap speaks to the current cultural climate of the corporate world, even for industries that pride themselves on being progressive. Apple itself has on multiple occasions shown support for sexual equality: contributing $100,000 to fight California's gay marriage ban in 2008; publicly applauding a U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriages in 2013; and asking Arizona's governor to veto a bill intended to legalize discrimination against gays and lesbians.

As for Cook, Stewart chose not to offer remarks on what is clearly speculation.

"I don't want to comment on anybody who might or might not be," Stewart said. "I'm not going to out anybody."
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If you preface potentially undisclosed or false information with "I think" and end it with a question you should shut the **** up.

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post #3 of 191
Tim Cook is gay. We all know that. He doesn't speak of his personal life. It doesn't matter.

Tim is simply the best CEO Apple can have after Steve Jobs. He will continue to be Apple's CEO for the rest of his life. Apple is his baby now.
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In a live TV segment of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" on Friday, co-anchor Simon Hobbs caused a kerfuffle when he inadvertently "outed" Apple CEO Tim Cook as being openly gay.

 

Tim Cook was already "outed" by Gawker 2 years ago.  

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We all know that.

We don't all know that. All we have are rumours and speculation to go by. You may have received hard evidence that supports your claim but we don't all know that.

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post #6 of 191

Time Cook?

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Indeed, just respect the man's privacy. He's publicly come out against government eavesdropping and these prattling clowns shove him before the court of public opinion for a private matter.
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If he is openly gay, then how can he be outed?
And why can't celebrities be gay while they are still celebrities?? We always hear their confessions when they are living in studio apartments and surviving on food stamps.
Shame about the ex-BP CEO.
post #9 of 191
Tim is a good CEO, and seems to be a genuinely good person. That's all he seems to want us to know, and I'm fine with that.

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We don't all know that. All we have are rumours and speculation to go by. You may have received hard evidence that supports your claim but we don't all know that.

 

Now there's a euphemism I've never heard before. ;)

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If he is openly gay, then how can he be outed?

I find the wording of that first sentence to be awkward as it only becomes clear after reading the rest of the text. Perhaps, "...co-anchor Simon Hobbs caused a kerfuffle when he stated Tim Cook was openly gay, potentially outing the Cupertino* CEO."


* I have noticed AI doing that anymore. Remember when they used to refer to Apple as the Cupertino something maker?

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post #12 of 191

Such an incredibly well-thought-out question demands an equally deep counter-question...

SO?

post #13 of 191
Just another reason to hate CNBC. If Tim Cook is gay and wants the public to know he'll tell us. That's his decision, not CNBC's or Kara Swisher's or anyone else's. Leave Cook alone!
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We don't all know that. All we have are rumours and speculation to go by. You may have received hard evidence that supports your claim but we don't all know that.
However, we do know that James Stewart from the NY Slimes is.
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 The column explores why, in spite of civil rights advances, a stigma appears to exist at such high levels of business.

 

Has the column, or American in general still think the world == America? In spite of civil rights from where?

Most if not all FT 500 are multinational. Have luck trying to explain that to those country that civil rights hasn't advanced ( So to speak in American points of view )

 

And i continue to think whether CEO's sexual orientation, or the support of sexual orientation ( Brendan Eich ) are entirely their own business as long as they keep it to themselves.

 

Please just leave those people's private life along.

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and?

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However, we do know that James Stewart from the NY Slimes is.
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Who cares. And shame on the media to harp on about things like this. The only way we'll move past social issues like homophobia and racism, is to well, stop making a thing about it at every damn chance we get.
post #18 of 191
John Stewart famously ripped CNBC, and Jim Cramer in particular, with providing false and misleading information to viewers for their own financial gain. Whether TC is gay or not is his own damn business and doesn't effect my opinion of him one bit.

CNBC and other so called financial news channels are acting in their own self interest, not yours. Period. End of story...
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and?
Probably the reason he was doing the story. No doubt Tim Cook is one of the CEOs he tried to get for his story.
post #20 of 191
This is 2014. Why is this news? WTF!
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Time Cook?

That's Tim's secret identity lol.gif

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John Stewart famously ripped CNBC, and Jim Cramer in particular, with providing false and misleading information to viewers for their own financial gain. Whether TC is gay or not is his own damn business and doesn't effect my opinion of him one bit.

CNBC and other so called financial news channels are acting in their own self interest, not yours. Period. End of story...

These are must watch clips, IMO.

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Apple CEO Time Cook 'outed' as gay by CNBC co-achor
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Just another reason to hate CNBC. If Tim Cook is gay and wants the public to know he'll tell us. That's his decision, not CNBC's or Kara Swisher's or anyone else's. Leave Cook alone!

 



Right on ! People who go on about such a personal thing are the BIG PROBLEM in society.
So CNBC is obviously a big problem.

As for me I didn't know there was such a thing as a gay person until I was about 18 yrs of age.
Anyway so what I thought. I'm not what's known as gay, but I'm not saying what my position is when I have sex. So there!!!
post #25 of 191

Where is Simon Cowel working next week??? LOL

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Wow popular media just can't leave Apple alone. Let's see how about we just share stuff about its CEO's private life. That these Anchor's have nothing to do but pretend they are reporting news is quite obvious. If he is gay it's his business. What a bunch of losers.
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Honestly, why is this news? Who cares what his sexual orientation is ? What relevance is it to his good work ?
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If the corporate world still has issues with discrimination based on sexual orientation, then those kindergarteners have to climb out of the sandbox and grow the £¥¢& up.

Of course (and very sadly), that's still true of many segments of our society. Argh.....
post #29 of 191
Calling this an outing is a bit of a farce. A multitude of publications have said the same thing. Tim's just never publicly said, "I'm gay".
post #30 of 191
Tim Cook is a badass. Nothing else matters. He can bang goats and sheep for all I care as long as he continues to kick ass.

And if he continues to kick ass, and wants to bang goats and sheep, then the board better perk him a farm.
post #31 of 191
Tim Cook's gay...so what, old news. What's important is that he's a capable CEO for Apple. And after some doubts on that issue when he first got the job, that's what he seems to have turned out to be. Gay-shmay it's a non-issue really.
post #32 of 191
Very old news. Who cares? Not like he goes to work looking like Conchita Wurst - but so what if he did? Not relevant to either brand loyalty or investor confidence. Good on ya Tim.
post #33 of 191
OT: Apple is back on top on Barron's list of most respected companies. Perhaps CNBC should focus in that instead of whether a CEO is gay of not.

http://barrons.wsj.net/public/resources/documents/BARRONS_WORLDS_MOST_RESPECTED_COMPANIES_2014.pdf
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Very old news. Who cares? Not like he goes to work looking like Conchita Wurst - but so what if he did? Not relevant to either brand loyalty or investor confidence. Good on ya Tim.

 

I'd pay good money to see that!

 

Seriously though, as for Tim, it's up to him whether he wants to invite the world into his personal relationships or keep them to himself. It doesn't matter to me at all but then again, I do exactly the same thing - my professional life isn't influenced by my personal life and hence it's of no relevance to anyone whether I'm gay, straight, carnivore, fruitarian, or any other of a myriad ways in which a person may be individually categorised. All that matters is whether I'm good at my job or not.

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I completely agree with you. I am really getting sick of CNBC. There is no financial journalism there. They all were knocking GoPro the day before it went IPO and then after it start trading and what it has done they started praising it. I don't know what world they live in. And when it comes to Apple, even chameleon once in a while shows his true color. 

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I think it is time for CNBC to shut the door, because they are looking more and more link TMZ. There is no financial reporting at CNBC - It is collection of set of pretty women showing off their wares and not intelligence. I use to like the African American gentleman when he was reporting out from San Jose. But, as soon as moved to east coast and on set, he has become a "dick" also. It is time for Cramer to take his shouting to some auction horse of some monster rally venues. It is time for Simon to go back to UK or where ever he came from.

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Tim is CEO of the worlds largest and most admired company. It is entirely his own decision to stay private about his decision and I respect that. But I also think he could be an inspiration to many people who have sufferered descrimination if he came out about it. From what I've read about other famous people who have done it, they describe feeling liberated and don't regret at all the decision. If he is gay I do hope he comes out on his own terms while he is still Apple's CEO. I don't understand his decision not to, but I'm not gay so I'll never understand.
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I agree! It is interesting to note that AI preceded CNBC's outing by more than 3 years by publishing an article with excerpts and quotes from the valleywag article and others.
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post #39 of 191
surely in 2014 this should not be a news story, shame on apple insider for thinking this is newsworthy.
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It sounds like it was an honest mistake. But really, they shouldn't have been discussing his personal life in the first place. If anything, they should have been discussing how good (or not good) of a CEO he is.

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