Is “ABC World News” Anchor David Muir Gay?

Muir is replacing Diane Sawyer, who has been the anchor for the past five years.

Ever since David Muir was tapped to replace Diane Sawyer when she leaves ABC World News in September, gossip about his sexual orientation has gone into overdrive.

Kenneth in the 212 reports Muir is allegedly “openly gay in his day-to-day life.” Another juicy rumor claimed that he and field reporter Gio Benitez are an item.

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Gio recently said that Muir is one of his top three “Golden Followers” on Twitter.  And unlike Muir, Benitez has no problem being seen in gay bars.

Currently Muir is the World News weekend anchor and co-host on 20/20. But when he takes over on September 2 he’ll be at the pinnacle of his career. But would he come out—going where Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, Robin Roberts and Shepard Smith have gone before?

We’ll just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, here’s Muir in a sopping wet white shirt after taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. You’re welcome.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.