Ellen DeGeneres changed TV history when she came out during an episode of her sitcom, "Ellen," back in 1997. But the decision didn't come without a backlash. The talk show host graces the cover of People magazine's March 3 issue and is opening up about that time in her life.
"I thought everyone knew me and I didn't think that one little adjective was going to define me," she said to the mag. Oprah guest-starred in the legendary episode, playing Ellen's therapist, and after the show aired, Ellen visited the media mogul on her talk show and spoke candidly about the experience.
"I had no idea that it would be this big, and I actually didn't know that it was going to drag out for this long either, so I can understand the frustration," she continued. "But it was something that I decided and wanted to do and thought it would be wonderful for me."
The storm has long since calmed down, and Ellen is content with keeping her past in the past. "Now I look at it as a movie that I saw that someone went through, and I only experience the amazing life that I have right now."
An amazing life indeed! Ellen has won 13 Emmys for her daytime talk show and is set to host the Academy Awards for the second time this March. The comedian hosted for the first time back in 2007, making her the first openly gay or lesbian person to have MC'ed the Oscars.
But her career isn't the only thing thriving. Ellen married Portia De Rossi in 2008, and their love is still going strong.
"The truth is, and this is corny, I fall more in love with Portia all the time. I really do. She surprises me all the time," Ellen told People. "It's what anyone experiences when you find that person that gets you, wants to take care of you, wants the best for you. We're really lucky because we know how rare it is."
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