Ellen DeGeneres has revealed she was deeply depressed after coming out
'I was getting jokes made at my expense on every late-night show, people were making fun of me.'
While we all know Ellen Degeneres as one of TV’s brightest personalities and an important advocate for LGBT rights, she recently revealed that it was a long difficult journey to get to where she is now. In an incredibly honest interview, she described her horrific treatment after coming out in 1997 on The Oprah Winfrey Show and how she slunk into a deep depression.
Ellen was a guest on Dax Shepard’s new podcast series Armchair Expertand in a rare twist, she was the one being interviewed.The Ellen DeGeneres Showhost spoke candidly about her mental health battle, as well as how she was sucked into a relentless media cycle where she became the butt of every joke and ostracised from Hollywood.
She said, ‘Everybody assumed I was just nonstop talking about it. It hurt my feelings. I was getting jokes made at my expense on every late-night show, people were making fun of me. I was really depressed.’
Although we remember Ellen’s coming out as a landmark for the LGBT community, it’s easy to gloss over the fall out that came after. Her career tanked overnight and her show was eventually cancelled by her parent network at the time ABC, a network owned by Disney.
She continued, ‘Because of [people making fun of me] and because my show was cancelled, I was looked at as a failure in this business. No one would touch me. I had no agent, no possibility of a job, I had nothing.’
She acknowledges that the story of her coming out quickly spiralled out of control and it was impossible to escape it. Eventually, even fellow LGBT personalities began to turn on her as her story saturated the news cycle.
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