~~April 28, 2017~~
TWENTY YEARS AGO
20th Anniversary of Ellen Degeneres Coming Out
I remember as if it was yesterday.
I watched Ellen’s sitcom religiously.
I followed all her antics and was waiting for that one episode.
I was with you, I’m still with you and will always be with you, Ellen.
YEP I’M GAY
Did you expect it to turn into all of this?,” Oprah Winfrey asked Ellen DeGeneres on an episode of her talk show that aired on the afternoon of April 30, 1997.
Two weeks earlier, a Time cover had debuted, featuring DeGeneres and the instantly famous words “Yep, I’m Gay.”
On April 25, DeGeneres spoke to Diane Sawyer on 20/20 and said, “I decided this was not going to be something that I was going to live the rest of my life being ashamed of.”
Hours after the Oprah interview aired, DeGeneres’s charismatic bookstore owner character, Ellen Morgan, followed suit, coming out as gay in a one-hour, two-part episode of her sitcom Ellen. “The Puppy Episode” was watched by an estimated 44 million people, nearly three times the show’s usual ratings.
It’s been 20 years since that April.
DeGeneres has hosted her own daytime talk show, also called Ellen, for nearly 14 years. She’s hosted the Oscars, won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, starred in two blockbuster cartoons, and all the while lived openly as a gay woman.
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Original TIME Magazine Cover April 1997
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