Ellen Has Revealed That A Comment Elton John Made In The ’90s Still Hurts Her Today

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Ellen DeGeneres is now a famous and beloved icon of the LGBT community and a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. As a result, it’s hard to think that there was a period during which she was a pariah. But when Ellen first came out as gay in 1997, the world of American entertainment was a very different place. Many comments were made about her at the time, in fact – and one in particular hurt terribly.

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Both Ellen’s career and her mental health were adversely affected by that public statement about her sexuality. In fact, ABC even issued a warning to parents before her show, which would only last for one more season following the announcement. All in all, it was an incredibly distressing period for the star.

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Ellen has since bounced back, of course. She’s seemingly content in her marriage to Portia de Rossi, and her talk show is a massive success to boot. Yet while those who watch Ellen on TV will know that her motto is “Be kind to one another,” there was a time when people weren’t nice to her at all. And the one cutting remark she appears to remember the most came from another gay icon: Elton John.

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