In Quotes

Ellen DeGeneres reveals the one little word she was forbidden from saying on TV

“They didn’t think anyone would watch a lesbian during the day. [Keeping my sexuality quiet] was really not just implied it was verbal … I remember there was something that happened to my finger and I was in a relationship and I was going to say ‘we’ and they wouldn’t let me say ‘we.’

It felt horrible because I had worked so hard to be truthful and to come to terms of my shame of hiding something that I knew wasn’t wrong … It was a hard balance. What’s more appealing than anything is honesty. … It means a lot of different things. It’s not just 15 years … it’s 15 years of me thinking I wouldn’t work again so it’s really a great accomplishment.

It seems to me [The Ellen DeGeneres Show is] focusing more on human interest … I like having real people — not that celebrities aren’t real people — but everyday heroes that would not otherwise get a spotlight shown on them. It feels like I’m contributing.— Ellen DeGeneres to Ryan Seacrest on On Air With Ryan Seacrest.