Ellen DeGeneres recalls her coming out including Elton John’s hurtful comments about her

Ellen DeGeneres recalls her coming out including Elton John’s hurtful comments about her

Ellen DeGeneres has revealed that she still remembers being “hurt” by Elton John’s remarks about her following her public coming out.

The talk show host came out on the cover of TIME Magazine in April 1997 with the message: “Yep, I’m Gay!”

She then appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Diane Sawyer, before memorably coming out on her sitcom, Ellen, in an episode watched by more than 40 million people.

But while speaking to actor Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast, the lesbian icon said that not long after the Puppy Episode aired, she found herself struggling.

“It was huge. It was celebrated, it was 45 million people that watched – and then they just stopped promoting it, because everybody was scared. We were losing sponsors, so they were just acting like: ‘We’re just letting it glide. We’re not going to touch it.’ So I got no more advertising, I got no more promotion. So they canceled it.”

And she said that at the time, “everyone was just sick of it.”

This even included famous pop stars, it seems.

She told Dax: “Even Elton John said: ‘Shut up already. We know you’re gay. Be funny.’ I had never met him and I thought, ‘What kind of support is that from a gay person?’ But everybody assumed I was just non-stop talking about it.

“It hurt my feelings. I was getting jokes made at my expense on every late-night show, people were making fun of me – so I was really depressed. And because of that, and because the show was cancelled, I was looked at as a failure in this business. So no-one would touch me.”

Listen to the podcast HERE.

 

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  1. Mandy
    March 16, 11:45 Reply

    Amazing how she went from such a dark moment to be an iconic wealthy woman with a hit show. All the while staying true to herself. There’s a lesson to be learned here.

  2. Rigor
    March 20, 12:09 Reply

    A very kind heart who has been quite around. So next time you think she’s being domineering or kinda revelling in her affluence, allow it. She’s been around

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