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Ellen DeGeneres wishes she had come out sooner

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres says that coming out on national television was the biggest decision of her life but she wished she has done it sooner than she did.

tv Updated: May 07, 2017 15:23 IST
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Ellen DeGeneres recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of her ‘coming out’ episode on Ellen.(AP)

Popular talk show host Ellen DeGeneres wishes she had not waited so long to embrace her sexuality in public.

The 59-year-old comedienne, who recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of her coming out on her talk show, says it was the biggest decision of her life, reported FemaleFirst.

In this April 5, 2017 photo released by Warner Bros., Oprah Winfrey, left, and Laura Dern appear with host Ellen DeGeneres at a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show in Burbank, Calif. Twenty years ago Winfrey and Dern guest-starred with DeGeneres in an episode of her comedy series Ellen, where she declared she was gay. (AP)

“I wish I would have done it sooner. I wish I hadn’t waited so long. I was anticipating it being a charged episode, which it was, because it was making a big decision to come out, and to be honest and to stop hiding something that I had kept secret for so long,” Ellen told Matt Lauer on the Today show.

She added her career had to pay the biggest price when she publicly announced that she was a lesbian, but she is proud of her decision.

In this Nov. 22, 2016 file photo, actress, comedian, and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, glances at US President Barack Obama as she is presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP)

“The biggest thing was that I lost my career. For three years, I couldn’t work, and was not offered one thing. I was running out of money and didn’t know if I was going to work again... (But) It was the greatest thing to ever happen to me,” she says.

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First Published: May 07, 2017 15:23 IST