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ellen-acaIn an interview with A Current Affair's Tracy Grimshow, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres told of the anger and humiliation she endured after her decision in 1997 to come out on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Subsequently her character on the Ellen sitcom admitted to being gay. The show was cancelled the following year.

DeGeneres revealed she didn’t receive any showbiz jobs for three years and that she went broke. She says it made her a stronger person.


"I was furious at the time because…I just felt like it was my fault," DeGeneres said.

“I was so mad that I lost my show, and not just my show but for three years I didn’t have any offers.

“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 (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 I look back on it and I am thankful because it gave me a chance to examine myself and say who are you without fame, who are you without success, who are you without money?”

DeGeneres has had the last laugh. Her hugely popular talk show is now in its 10th season and is syndicated to 23 countries.

Her positivity has won her a legion of fans right around the world.

That doesn’t mean she has totally won the fight.

“I think there are a lot of people who don’t approve of who I am and who don’t understand and I can’t really do anything about that,” DeGeneres told Grimshaw.

“I wish I could make people see there is nothing wrong with being who you are.”

The Ellen DeGeneres Show audience cheered as DeGeneres told Grimshaw about how past hurts had shaped her attitude to life.

“I used to want people to like me and I still want them to like me but I know I have no control over it,” DeGeneres said.

“I can just be myself. I am a good person, I’m a kind person. I live my life in a kind way.

“I go to sleep at night and know I’ve done the best I can. That’s all I can do.”

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