Ellen says there were some positive outcomes from the hard times. "I learned compassion from being discriminated against," she says. "Everything bad that's ever happened to me has taught me compassion."
After the years of struggling with her career, The Ellen DeGeneres Show first hit airwaves in 2003. It was an immediate success. These days, Ellen isn't just a talk show host. She's also the face of CoverGirl, the voice of American Express and the only person in history to host the Grammys®, Emmys® and Academy Awards®.