'The Ellen DeGeneres' show came to a close after 19 seasons on May 26. DeGeneres addressed the challenges she faced as a gay woman when the Emmy-winning show first began in Sept. 2003. "Twenty years ago, when we were trying to sell the show, no one thought that this would work. Not because it was a different kind of show, but because I was different." Ellen DeGeneres, on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'. She also revealed that she was barred from saying "gay" or referencing that she had a partner on air.
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