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From the time when her show Ellen debuted in 1994, a common question was asked, is she or isn't she? People were referring to if Ellen was lesbian or not. Viewers of the show wondered if she was a lesbian because of her manly attitude and her clothing attire. She usually wears men's suits and casual wear and never wears dresses. Still today a lot of sitcoms put the female in the traditional gender role as a housewife, but Ellen held a job in her sitcom. Ellen came out of the closet in the third season of her show during an hour-long program that guest-starred Laura Dern, Oprah Winfrey, Demi Moore, Billy Bob Thornton and some controversial people, such as K.D. Lang and Melissa Etheridge. In "He called me Ellen Degenerate?" an article about her in Time magazine she stated that she Ellen DeGeneres was a lesbian and said, "I never wanted to be the lesbian actress. I never wanted to be the spokesperson for the gay community. Ever. I did it for my own truth" (Handy). Ellen was the first actress to come out on national television and by her doing so helped the show win many awards. Ellen received an Emmy, a prestigious Peabody Award, and the coming out episode produced great ratings. During the time shortly after her coming out, P
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- Ellen said, "This was an important chapter of my life and although I'm disappointed the show was canceled, I look forward to moving beyond the stereotype" ...
- People magazine said, "Hers was the most celebrated coming out since Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was a debutante" ...
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