Ellen Reveals The One Word She Was Told Not To Say On Air

Huffington Post

Long after Ellen DeGeneres came out as gay in 1997, Hollywood still wasn’t sure about how audiences would respond to her sexuality.

DeGeneres is celebrating Season 15 of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which premiered back in September 2003. On Tuesday, she talked to Ryan Seacrest about how things have changed over that time.

“This was a show that nobody wanted to buy,” she said. “They really didn’t think anyone would watch a lesbian during the day and, at the time, no one wanted to see a lesbian at night either. So I was really out of options.”

DeGeneres ― who dated actress Anne Heche and photographer Alexandra Hedison before her romance with now-wife Portia de Rossi ― was told not to discuss her personal life.

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