Even though she'd been out for six years at that point, she was still told to keep quiet about her personal life.
There was one word in particular producers barred her from saying on her talk show.
What that word is might shock you…
DeGeneres was told not to refer to her relationship on screen.
Producers actually told her not to use the word “we.”
How incredibly messed up is that?
She recalled a story about hiding her relationship on air.
“I was in a relationship and I was going to say ‘we,’ and they wouldn’t let me say ‘we’ because somebody would all of a sudden picture a woman in my life.”
This woman was hosting awards shows, winning Emmys, championing her own talk show, and she wasn't allowed to talk about her personal life.
“It felt horrible because I had worked so hard to be truthful and to come to terms with my shame of hiding something that I knew was not wrong, but society was telling me was wrong,” DeGeneres said. “I know this is a business, and I know that I have to appeal to everyone, but I think what’s more appealing than anything is honesty.”
And that honesty has paid off tenfold.
Ellen is — rightly — beloved these days for the strength and the positivity she exhibits. She’s done so much for LGBTQ+ people in Hollywood.
Her influence really cannot be overstated.
What else has Ellen accomplished in those years?