4. During the third and fourth seasons, each episode had a different opening – usually involving lots of singing and dancing.
5. The bloopers were fantastic.
6. DeGeneres earned four Emmy nominations and three Golden Globe nominations during the show’s five years.
11. Degeneres would later note that when she kissed a castmember jokingly in a scene, a disclaimer was needed. When another show did the exact same scene (but with all straight actors), no disclaimer was shown.
Spin City had a kiss scene featuring Michael J. Fox. “That’s a double standard to me,” DeGeneres said.
17. At the end of that episode there’s a sequence in which Susan leads Ellen over to Melissa Etheridge, who confirms that Ellen is gay and — after completing the necessary paperwork — awards Susan a toaster oven.
Long after the show ended, getting a toaster oven became a well-known joke for when someone comes out of the closet.
18. Laura Dern couldn’t find work for over a year following her role on Ellen.
“I also received extraordinary letters — some not-so-nice letters also — but some really extraordinary letters from families who felt that you had given them an extraordinary gift and I got to be part of that,” said Dern to Ellen during an appearance on The Ellen Show.
20. ABC canceled Ellen in 1998 after ratings declined. “I tried to incorporate educational things about what people actually go through when they’re coming out, and it wasn’t funny,” DeGeneres said. “Because it’s not funny.”
22. Robert Iger, ABC president at the time, claimed the show being taken off the air had nothing to do with Ellen’s personal life or sexual orientation.
See the full interview here.
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