Oprah Winfrey joined the host on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to show support for Ellen’s decision to end the program. Season 19, she announced, would be the last. Ellen talked about the show not being enough of a challenge anymore.
Oprah supported the host by saying she is proud of her friend for trusting her instinct and standing firm with the announcement. And she was also very supportive when Ellen said she felt good about giving her staff and crew a year head’s up for the final episode.
Ellen Came Out to the Television World on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’
But first she showed up on the cover of “Time” magazine perched with the headline: “Yep, I’m Gay.” A week later, Ellen’s character, Ellen, on her ABC TV sitcom also came out as gay, making her the first openly gay primetime lead character.
It was 1997. Recently, in 2017, Oprah and Ellen sat down to reminisce the 20th anniversary of her coming out. Oprah recalled the deluge of hate mail. Times have changed in 20 years, Oprah mused, telling Ellen, “You were the bravest woman ever.” Reactions were unbelievable. Anti-gay rights Americans were up in arms. Her sitcom was canceled in 1998.
Oprah and Ellen are Besties
Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres are neighbors in an exclusive seaside area of Santa Barbara. And they have long been close friends. Once they appeared together on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” with Reese Witherspoon in a bit in which Ellen is jockeying to be Oprah’s best friend and Witherspoon claiming she was.
Oprah cleared it up saying Gayle King, as we all know, is her actual bestie.
The Kathy Griffin and Ellen DeGeneres Feud
We will never know the whole truth, but Kathy Griffin and Ellen DeGeneres have been mean to each other. Comedian Kathy Griffin appeared on Ellen’s show in 2007. Waiting backstage, Griffin listened to Ellen’s monologue and said it was about how mean she is.
Years later, Ellen was asked about the feud and said that Griffin is “very mean.” She claimed Griffin pouted about being banned from the show, and said she was never invited. Another feud blew up over the passing of Griffin’s close friend, legendary comedian Joan Rivers. Griffin said it hurt Rivers’ feelings that DeGeneres never liked her.
Michelle Obama Tolerates Ellen
This happened in 2016. Michelle Obama and DeGeneres showed up at a CVS Pharmacy and Ellen’s antics were driving the First Lady nuts. Upon arrival, the talks show host began ripping open product to see what is in it. Mrs. Obama, a little shocked, told her she couldn’t do that. At one point, Ellen took to a megaphone to announce they were looking for rash cream for the First Lady’s rash.
On the way out, totally exasperated with Ellen, she said, “You know, you’re really annoying.” And then added, “It’s like taking a three-year-old to the store!”