Ellen DeGeneres - On April 30th, 1997 Ellen
DeGeneres the star of ELLEN ABC/1994-98 played a
young bookstore owner named Ellen Morgan who
finally admitted (with the help of a counselor)
that she was a lesbian thus becoming the first
lesbian character to star in a lead role in a
prime time series.
After accidentally announcing her gayness to
Susan, a TV producer (Laura Dern) over an open airport microphone,
declared "It felt so Great! It felt so LOUD!"
You know how you said in the room, you
know, that you thought, maybe I was, you
know, and I said, “no, no, no, no,” well,
I was thinking about it, and I think that
maybe I am, er, I am ... I guess what I'm
trying to say is ... I did get the joke
about the toaster oven.
Are you saying what I think you're trying
What do you think I'm trying to say?
Oh, I'm not going to say it again and be
No, you're not wrong. You're right. This
is so hard. But I think I've realized that
I am ... I can't even say the word. Why
can't I say the word, I mean, why can't I
just say ... I mean, what is wrong, why do
I have to be so ashamed, why can't I just
see the truth, I mean, be who I am, I'm
thirty-five years old... I'm so afraid to
tell people. I mean, I'm just...Susan...
[Ellen turns back towards Susan, putting
one hand on the counter and accidentally
pressing the PA system] I'm gay.
Ellen DeGeneres had already announced to the
world that she was a lesbian on the front cover
magazine. It carried the simple
declaration "Yep, I'm Gay."