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Oprah Reveals Racist Backlash After She Guest Spot On Ellen's 'Coming Out' Episode

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Ellen DeGeneres has established a $50 million empire over the years, but her rise to the top of daytime television didn't happen over night.

In fact, it probably wouldn't have happened had the comedian decided against coming out to the public on a 1997 episode of her hit sitcom. Just ask Oprah Winfrey, who recently told sources:

"Being able to be free — literally — and to express herself in a way that she can be 100 percent truthful with the audience has allowed them to fall in love with her. Honest-to-God truth: I don't believe she would have been as successful as she has become had she not come out."

The talk show host's success did not come without sacrifice though. Her career crumbled after the controversial episode aired and put Ellen on a downward spiral. She couldn't find work for three years and almost went broke in the process, but she wasn't the only one receiving excessive backlash.

Oprah appeared on the program as Ellen's therapist to whom the sitcom star revealed her sexual orientation and says she received hateful letters as a result. So hateful, in fact, that she was called the N-word by some, as she explained:

It was the worst backlash I had ever received and it always turns to race. I got all of the, 'N–, go back to Africa. Who do you think you are?' I'd never experienced anything that bad before."

Ugh! It's still sickening to think that television viewers were so primitive just 15 years ago, but it's also a heartwarming reminder of how far our society has come.

Wanda Sykes credits DeGeneres for "taking a bullet" in the 90s by coming out so courageously. The comedian says her sacrifice has made it "a celebration, not a kiss of death" for entertainers to come out of the closet now.

We think Ellen did more than that though. She forced the American public to face reality and now, for the first time EVER, a U.S. president openly supports same-sex marriage.

Not bad for a college dropout, don't ya think?

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22 comments to “Oprah Reveals Racist Backlash After She Guest Spot On Ellen's 'Coming Out' Episode”

  1. 1

    I used to Love Ellen D. but she became real sleaze trash. Her show is a parade of half naked people and sexual innuendo. When actors, and public figures resort to that, it's speaks volumes about their talent.

  2. 2

    Oprah is a 'N…..' but she should not return to Africa. She should just go away! Same with Ellen, Wanda Sykes, and especially that douchebag in the white house!

  3. 3

    Re: dryan1971 – You are a motherfucking redneck hillbillie white trash piece of shit. You ATV, junk in the yard, blue above ground pool, filthy dogs barking, talking loud to people 2 feet away, slut sunbathing topless in the backyard, dead grass, Pick-up driving punk ass bitch.

  4. 4

    Re: dryan1971 – Crawl back under your rock maggot.

  5. 5

    Sorry Oprah, losing your intergrity is like losing your virginity.
    You can never get it back.
    You are a presstitute now and your boy, President Kardashian will lose, deservedly so, in a landslide.
    Gee, how to kill an economy: Make energy and profit illegal. DUH!!
    Get lost you Commie bitch.
    You have brought doom to the world.

  6. 6

    Maybe Ellen can get Oprah to come out of the closet!

  7. 7

    Oprah definitely sold out with the Kardashian special. I'm forever disappointed in her, and will never feel the same.

  8. 8

    "After she guest spot" ?????????????????/ Who writes for you? The DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA. GET IT RIGHT please if nothing else, with proper writing.

  9. 9

    Re: pollopicu – I agree 100%. I respected her, and she sold out. I watched a special on her on OWN and she is so fricking full of herself I wanted to puke. GERT OVER YOURSELF Oprah. We can make you and we can break you, and we don't like sellouts and ego maniacs which you didn't used to be.

  10. ella says – reply to this


    15 years ago .. people are still like that now … remember the whole hunngergames thing .. its so sad that people are still like that … they should all die and go to hell!!! you really think its not going on now?? look at your comments!

  11. 11

    i don't believe her ratings dropped just becuse she came out. We watched before and for a while after. we quit watching because the show was no longer FUNNY. The only subject was GAY GAY GAY, and the writers were HORRIBLE.

  12. 12

    Re: pollopicu – little hostility they bitchy, hiding behind fake ass avatar and fake ass name. Really tough when you hide.

  13. 13

    Re: ella – nearly as nasty ass bitch as the fake ass named pollippuss

  14. andy says – reply to this


    um, 50 million????????? thats pocket change for oprah. try a couple of billion.

  15. 15

    lol Fuck Oprah Winfrey ! she lost my respect when she interviewed those scumbag bitches who speak in those fake monotone baby voices. Oprah should take her billions and disappear!

  16. 16

    While I'm sure they do have therapist, neither one of these ladies can complain about their hard lives. They have been well compensated and both travel in elite circles. Neither are victims of anything…

  17. Courtney says – reply to this


    Re: Pacific Ocean Gal – Thanks for saying what I was thinking. I couldn'tget past the title of the article. So annoying.

  18. 18

    Re: raypearson – It's a gossip site, asshole. and yes, that really is me in the avi picture

  19. JT says – reply to this


    Shows how sick and twisted homophobes are.

  20. 20

    Re: pollopicu – whoop[ie shit, still hiding

  21. 21

    So pollopicu is the drill captain in Private Benjamin (1980), Eileen Brennan ?

  22. 22

    Re: pollopicu
    What show are you *watching?*