Ellen DeGeneres has opened up about how it was a struggle to get to where she is today im a recently released episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld,
It’s been over 20 years since DeGeneres came out publicly in a Time article. Her sitcom character came out with her, becoming the first gay lead character on television. But her series was soon canceled.
“When I lost the sitcom, I didn’t work for three years solid until I got the show, the talk show,” DeGeneres told Seinfeld at a coffee shop. “I was bitter and sad and angry. How did this change everything, just by me being honest and saying I’m gay? Why is this such a shock to people? Why is it such a big deal?”
Now the talk show is a hit, however. Thank you for being a trailblazer, Ellen.