Ellen DeGeneres Says She Hit Rock Bottom After Coming Out

November 1, 2016

Ellen DeGeneres spoke candidly this month with Out magazine about the difficulties she faced in the entertainment industry after coming out as a lesbian in 1997.

“I was the punch line of lots of jokes,” the comedienne said. “I’ve never liked mean comedy, but that became even more important to me after I was the brunt of it.”

DeGeneres’ comedy was canceled a year later, and says she worried she would never work again. She also struggled with being her authentic self.

“Time is a strange thing,” she mused. “I was at rock bottom and out of money, with no work in sight, but one step at a time, it gets better.”

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