Ellen Chops Up Nathan Lane

If you’re gay and looking to chat about it, head on over to EllenEllen Degeneres‘ eponymous chat fest seems to be the go-to show for gay actors looking to get something off their queer chests. Grey’s Anatomy‘s TR Knight uses the lesbian comedienne’s stage to address that Isaiah Washington stink and now out actor Nathan Lane‘s spilling the bent beans.

Our homo homeboys over at AfterElton inform us that Broadway and silver screen actor popped on over yesterday to yak about his coming out.

I was very young – I was living in New Jersey with my mother, but I was seeing someone in New York, and she thought it was a woman. And I finally broke it to her – I was around 21 and I finally sat her down, she was this little Irish Catholic lady from Jersey City – and so I said, “I know you think I’m seeing a girl, but I’ve been seeing a guy.” And she said – the blood just drained from her face – and she said, “So you’re a homosexual?” And I said, “Yeah, i guess so. Yeah, i guess so.” And she said, “Oh, i would rather you were dead”. [The audience gasps, Lane laughs] See, I always laugh, because I knew her better than they did (gestures to audience). Because you know, it was the worst, you know – so I said “I knew you’d understand,” and once I got her head out of the oven she was fine.

Oh Nathan, you’re such a cut-up.

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  • dizzy spins

    Im curious–Ive only seen Ellen’s show a few times, and never when she’s had a gay guest on. Does she speak about her own perspective on things or even mention that she’s gay as well? The topic is pretty taboo when the guests are straight, but how could you have Ellen talking to TR Knight and not mentioned that she happened to have the most famous coming out of all time?

    I understand Ellen’s desire to backpedal from being some queer-celebrity poster child, but you can’t have your muff and eat it too.

  • Alan down in Florida

    Where has dizzy been hiding? I don’t think there is a person in America who is NOT aware that Ellen is gay. While she doesn’t shy away from it, neither does she get up into people’s faces about it. Which is why she is enormously popular and well liked [unlike a Rosie we won’t mention]. She has probably done more for the gay movement by being low key but honest about her sexuality than almost anybody else.

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