Ellen DeGeneres is taking a trip down memory lane to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her groundbreaking coming out episode. She reunites with her ‘Ellen’ co-stars Oprah and Laura Dern on the April 28 edition of her talk show to reflect on the moment she told the world that she was gay.
On April 30, 1997, Ellen DeGeneres, 59, and her character on her ABC sitcom Ellen came out as gay. The episode, titled “The Puppy Episode,” was taped in front of a live audience. It was the first time a lead character on TV had come out as gay. The episode instantly became an historic TV moment and a defining one for the LGBTQ community.
“It was the hardest thing that I ever had to do in my life and I would not change one moment of it because it led me to be exactly where I am today – standing in front of all of you, which is a joy,” Ellen DeGeneres says on her hit daytime talk show. “And the fact that all of you and everyone at home is watching me and willing to accept me into your homes every day when no one thought that would ever happen again, it means the world to me.”
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