Ellen DeGeneres

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Ellen DeGeneres
December 2009

Oprah: Would you say that coming out was the seminal moment in your life?

Ellen DeGeneres: Oh yeah, because it stripped everything away. The whole world was talking about me. You know, if you're going to be honest with yourself, you have to admit that you go into show business wanting people to talk about you and wanting everyone to know who you are. But that also means there are going to be a whole bunch of people who don't like you. No matter who you are. I'm sure there's somebody out there who doesn't like Betty White because she's short and has white hair.

Read the full interview from the December 2009 issue.