Ellen DeGeneres Admits Biggest Career Mistake
Ellen DeGeneres has revealed that she has one regret about coming out on national television over 20 years ago.
In an interview with US today, the talkshow host said that when she looks back at what it was like to announce she was gay at 39, she said “I was anticipating it being a charged episode, which it was, because it was making a big decision to come out, and to be honest and to stop hiding something that I had kept secret for so long,” she recalled. “I wish I would have done it sooner. I wish I hadn’t waited so long.”
DeGeneres added, “But it was what it was.”
The 59-year-old revealed that she had received death threats after the Puppy episode aired but says that is was not the worst thing to happen after she came out.
“The biggest thing was that I lost my career,” she shared. “For three years, I couldn’t work and was not offered one thing. I was running out of money and didn’t know if I was going to work again. I was 45 years old, and I was like, ‘This doesn’t look good.’”
She went on to say that she was angry at first but learnt a lot as it taught her ‘compassion. It taught me that I was strong enough to start all over again,” she continued. “It was the greatest thing to ever happen to me.”