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Ellen Reveals the ONE Word She Was Told To NEVER Say

On the eve of the 15th season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen DeGeneres has reflected on how things have changed since the show first aired in 2003.

“This was a show that nobody wanted to buy,” she Ryan Seacrest.

“They really didn’t think anyone would watch a lesbian during the day and, at the time, no one wanted to see a lesbian at night either. So I was really out of options.”

At the time, DeGeneres was explicitly told to not discuss her personal life.

“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’ because somebody would all of a sudden picture a woman in my life."

She said it was "horrible" to find a balance with not losing her fans and also those who didn’t agree with her.

“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,” she said.

“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."

On Air With Ryan Seacrest on iHeartRadio

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