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Ellen DeGeneres Is Named OUT Magazine's Entertainer Of The Year & Remembers Being 'The Punch Line Of Lots Of Jokes' After Coming Out!

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Everyone loves Ellen DeGeneres.

So, it's really no surprise that the funny lady has been named OUT magazine's Entertainer of the Year. On Monday, the LGBT publication revealed that it had given the talk show host the great honor, and released her flawless cover.

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But, it wasn't always easy for Miz DeGeneres to be openly gay.

The comedienne told the mag that she was laughed at quite a bit when she first came out as gay, admitting it was hard to stay positive about the ridicule:

"I was the punch line of lots of jokes. I laughed at some, but I realized there's somebody on the other side of them. It's cruel. I've never liked mean comedy, but that became even more important to me after I was the brunt of it."

The TV star's self-titled sitcom was canceled about a year after she opened up about her sexuality.

The 58-year-old confessed that she was concerned her career was over, since it took years for her now-successful talk show to get off the ground:

"Before this show, I had a lot of insecurity. I wasn't sure if I was going to work again, and although I was out, I was still trying to alter myself — not dressing the way I wanted to dress or wearing my hair the way I wanted to. I slowly gained the confidence to be authentic, and what I've learned about other people is that they strive to be authentic, too. So whether they fully support me, love my lifestyle, or love that I'm married to a woman, I think they like that authenticity, and they're drawn to it."

The Emmy-winner also explained why she recently decided to publicly criticize Donald Trump and his presidential campaign:

"Even my agent said, 'I've never seen you be so partisan.' I'm not really a political person, but when somebody's acting like an entitled, lying brat, and you know he's hurt a lot of people, it's easy to see what kind of human being he is."

And, after everything she went through, Ellen hopes her success story inspires other members of the LGBT community:

"If this isn't an example of ‘It gets better,' I don't know what is. Time is a strange thing. I was at rock bottom and out of money, with no work in sight, but one step at a time, it gets better. It gets much better than better."

Way to go, Ellen.

[Image via OUT.]

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