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The Hollywood Reporter Charts the Rise and Fall and Rise of Ellen DeGeneres (Photo Gallery)

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Ellen DeGeneres, photo by Mary Rozzi for The Hollywood Reporter

A cover story for The Hollywood Reporter chronicles in detail the career ups and downs of one of the funniest people in America, Ellen DeGeneres.

The suits at the networks couldn’t have been more wrong when the lovely and talented DeGeneres entered the talk show circuit. As she recalls, “They said, ‘Who is going to watch a lesbian during the daytime? You know these are housewives and mothers, right? What does she possibly have in common with them?’”

Now DeGeneres is one of the most beloved figures on daytime and has outlived a plethora of other celebrity talk shows that have come and gone while “Ellen” stays strong.

“I know that every time I list something that I am, I am potentially alienating a whole group of people,” she explained. “Publicists and managers will encourage you not to say what political party you belong to, what you eat, what you don’t eat, who you sleep with and all that stuff. I just think it’s dangerous. People need to have all kinds of examples and heroes on television who stand for something.”

No doubt about it, DeGeneres stands for something, and she makes people laugh so hard they fall off their seats in the process.

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