While some fans celebrated her honesty when she came out, others were less supportive, and Ellen was pulled a year later. "I had been on for six years, and I found out through my assistant that it was in the trades," she says. "No one called me to tell me it had been canceled."
Ellen says she didn't work at all for the three years after her sitcom was canceled. "I didn't have any money and I didn't have any job offers, and I was really scared and I was depressed," she says. "But I do believe that's when you do your soul-searching. I think when you have these trials that life gives you, it is an opportunity to find out who you are. Not just who you are when everything's great, but who are you when every thing is taken away from you and you have nothing."