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Ellen DeGeneres Was Bullied Into A 'Severe Depression' After Coming Out Of The Closet

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Ellen DeGeneres just wants us to be kind to one another.

Earlier this year, the talk show host celebrated the 20th anniversary of her sitcom's iconic coming-out episode — which reflected Ellen's coming out IRL.

In an interview with Good Housekeeping, the comedian spoke on the dark side of her trailblazing sexuality reveal, admitting she was bullied so badly after that she fell into a depression.

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In the September cover interview with the mag, she explained:

"The bullying I endured [in Hollywood] after I came out made up for the lack of it during my childhood. I moved out of L.A., went into a severe depression, started seeing a therapist and had to go on antidepressants for the first time in my life."

April 30, 1997 marked a historic day in sitcom history when the actress's character on her hit ABC show Ellen came out as gay.

A year after The Puppy Episode aired, the sitcom was canceled, and Ellen's career was in jeopardy. She added:

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Ellen Celebrates The 20th Anniversary Of Her Coming Out Episode With Special Guests Oprah Winfrey & Laura Dern!

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It may seem like no big deal now, but when Ellen DeGeneres — and her TV character Ellen Morgan — came out 20 years ago, it was huge news.

On Friday's ep of her talk show, Ellen celebrated the anniversary of The Puppy Episode, as it was named to keep its content a secret, the first time a primetime sitcom character had ever come out of the closet.

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And of course it was simultaneous with Ellen herself, a comedian with a successful show and standup career, bravely paving the way for so many others.

If you're too young to remember the ado that caused back in 1997, watch Ellen's recap (below)!

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