Everyone knows that Ellen Degeneres, the popular talk show host and comedienne, is openly gay. On Feb. 25 she opened up to News.com about her recent episode with "A Current Affair" star Tracy Grimshaw.
While talking to Grimshaw, Ellen opens up about coming out and what it did to her career. While Ellen has made quite a name for herself as one of the most successful talk show hosts on daytime television, it wasn't always like that. After she first came out publicly on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" she was angry and humiliated. When she made the decision to go public in 1997, she had a sitcom show, whose character also came out. That was the last season of the show.
Ellen claims that after coming out, she didn't receive any jobs in show business for three years and she went broke. She says, "I mean literally, the phone did not ring for three years and I had no money. All of a sudden just because of one revelation [being gay] I was the joke. I was the punchline of every late night talk show, I was made fun of in a magazine, and it felt horrible at the time."
Now that Ms. Degeneres is a super successful talk show host, she says she is glad she had the chance to learn to examine life and herself without fame. It has made her a better person and she is, now, thankful that it happened because it taught her who she really is.
Ultimately, Ellen received the last laugh. She is in her 10th season of her show which is now syndicated in 23 countries. She is married to a successful woman, and she lives her life in a kind way to others and to animals.
While everyone may not agree with her lifestyle and how she chooses to live, she isn't harming anyone and she has helped millions. She is now happy simply being herself and knows that she has no control over who likes her and who doesn't.