Appears on the “The Tonight Show” and Johnny Carson asks her to sit on the couch after the set. That gesture by Carson, who would talk to the comics who impressed him most, is a sign of a burgeoning future for any aspiring comedian.
Stars in her own sitcom “Ellen,” and makes national headlines in April 1997 when her character announces her homosexuality. Three months earlier, DeGeneres had appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and stated she was gay.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” debuts on NBC affiliates around the country.
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