Years After Ellen Came Out, There Was One Word She Still Wasn’t Allowed to Say on Air

magine being as famous, well-liked, and well-respected as Ellen DeGeneres, and still not be able to be your authentic self on television.

Ellen has been a staple on our small screens for decades now, but the comedian and talk show host phoned in to "On Air With Ryan Seacrest" on September 5 to talk about the struggles she faced as a gay woman in Hollywood, specifically the one word she wasn't allowed to say on air long after she was out.

It's eye-opening and heartbreaking. One can only hope that Ellen's experience has made it easier for other LGBTQ+ entertainers to be out and proud in Hollywood.