Ellen reveals word network would not allow in 2003

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During the final episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the talk show host revealed that when the show began in 2003, bosses banned her from using one particular word on air.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show wrapped this week following a 19-year run. The show seemed destined to end after the uproar that followed a 2020 tweet by writer and comedian Kevin T. Porter describing Ellen as one of the meanest people alive.

That flew in the face of her iconic ‘be kind’ slogan.

1000 people consequently replied claiming their own horrendous experiences with the openly lesbian talk show host. Staff eventually also came forward to talk about bullying on the show. Many spoke of a toxic work environment with a culture of racism, fear and intimidation.

Ellen DeGeneres later insisted she was the person people saw on television but that things happened on her show that should not have occurred.

She will leave The Ellen DeGeneres Show with an estimated wealth of $700 million.

“I couldn’t say gay.”

Ellen DeGeneres revealed during her final program that at the beginning of the show’s run, she was not allowed to use the word gay on air.

“I couldn’t say gay on the show. I was not allowed to say gay.”

The talk show host went on to joke about constantly using the word at home.

“I said it at home a lot. What are we having for gay breakfast? Or pass the gay salt. Has anyone seen the gay remote? — things like that.

“I couldn’t say we because that implied that I was with someone. Sure couldn’t say wife.

“That’s because it wasn’t legal for gay people to get married. And now I say wife all the time.”

“Twenty-five years ago, they cancelled my sitcom because they didn’t want a lesbian to be in prime time once a week. So I said, ‘OK, I’ll be in daytime every day, how about that?’.”

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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