6 Things We Learned approximately Ellen DeGeneres From Dax Shepard's Podcast Interview – eonline
This time around, it’s Ellen DeGeneres answering the questions.
The daytime television host was interviewed by Dax Shepard for his “Armchair Expert” podcast, where the close friends discussed the highs and lows of Ellen’s early days in the comedy world. DeGeneres admitted to falling into a depression after she came out publicly in 1997, and described the “really tough” experience of having the LGBT community denounce her for not being “homosexual enough.”
Here are six highlights from Ellen and Dax’s candid conversation:
Ellen’s huge, immense smash was inspired by a tragic loss:
At the age of 20, DeGeneres’ girlfriend was killed in a car accident. Following her death, the then-waitress moved into a “cramped basement” apartment and remembered thinking, “Why is this gorgeous, 21-year-veteran girl gone and fleas are here? And I just thought it would be extraordinary whether we could pick up the phone and call up God and inquire questions and actually glean an acknowledge.”
This moment inspired “Phone Call to God,” the stand-up set she performed on The Tonight prove Starring Johnny Carson in 1986. DeGeneres made history as the only woman in the prove’s history to glean “asked to the sofa,” which kickstarted her career.
Her standup tours were often lonely:
“I was by myself,” Ellen shared, referencing the time she spent taking her comedy act on the road. “It’s not like I had friends I could afford to save up with me. I wasn’t flying private. I was flying commercial everything the time and changing planes. I despise flying; I glean anxiety when I soar so I couldn’t wait to stop touring.”
While staying with male comedians, the Finding Nemo star added in piece, “I’d see them bring domestic people. It was improper. You were vexed to sleep in that bed and [inquire yourself], ‘Who was there before? What’s in the rug?’ That kind of thing. It may believe influenced the decision I took in life.”
Ellen felt blindsided by the sudden cancellation of her TV sitcom:
Despite the “huge success” that was the 1997 Ellen episode in which her character came out as homosexual, which aired shortly after DeGeneres herself came out publicly, she didn’t expect to glean cancelled so suddenly. From Ellen’s perspective, ABC and Disney were “vexed” of the backlash from advertisers, and subsequently stopped promoting the series.
She told Dax, “Because there was so much talk approximately it, everyone was just sick of it. I had only done the cover of Time magazine, a primetime special with Diane Sawyer and Oprah… Even Elton John said, “Shut up already. We know you’re homosexual. Be amusing.’ I had never met him and I thought, ‘What kind of support is that from a homosexual person?'”
As a result, Ellen became “depressed”:
“Everybody assumed I was just nonstop talking approximately it,” DeGeneres added. “It injure my feelings. I was getting jokes made at my expense on every late-night prove, people were making fun of me. I was really depressed. And because of that, and because my prove was cancelled, I was looked at as a failure in this commerce, trade. No one would touch me. I had no agent, no opportunity of a job, I had nothing.”
She also faced backlash from the LGBT community:
By coming out, Ellen said she was suddenly thrust into a role she never asked for, saying, “I was looked at as the strange leader, and I didn’t want to be a leader and I didn’t want to be political… I just wanted to be free from a secret and that’s everything I wanted.”
She explained, “Some people thought, ‘You’re not homosexual enough and you’re not doing enough for our community and there are so many that believe done more.’ I didn’t say I was your leader and I didn’t say I believe done more… I just want to be a comedian and I just happen to be homosexual. I consider I’m doing a lot just by being a physical presence of hopefully a representation, not of the entire homosexual community, but of someone at domestic going, ‘There’s someone that’s homosexual.'”
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Ellen is now “grateful” for that time in her life:
Looking back, DeGeneres told Dax she “can’t believe that I was able to achieve what I achieved, lose it everything and then glean to this point in my life at 60-years-veteran. To start over at 45. Nobody starts over in this commerce, trade at 45, much less a woman. I’m really grateful that I had that experience and it made me a stronger person.”
Her relationship with Portia De Rossi has also played a piece, and is the reason why Ellen is “really proud” to say that she’s “openly homosexual” and can say the word ‘wife.’
“The fact that that was never talked approximately on television,” DeGeneres described, “but it’s fitting piece of the vernacular that someone can hear wife. At least it’s digesting slowly into society and that I can talk approximately my extraordinary, incredible life with another woman is doing something.”
Listen to the latest episode of “Armchair Expert” here.