Ellen DeGeneres calls Tyler Oakley 'a positive influencer'

Wed. November 2, 2016 10:10 AM by OnTopMag.com

Chicago, IL - Gay glossy Out has named Ellen DeGeneres its "entertainer of the year."

The 58-year-old DeGeneres talks with the magazine about her rough patch after publicly coming out gay in 1998.

"I was the punch line of lots of jokes," DeGeneres said. "I laughed at some, but I realized there's somebody on the other side of them. It's cruel. I've never liked mean comedy, but that became even more important to me after I was the brunt of it."

She said that she had a lot insecurity at the time: "I wasn't sure if I was going to work again."

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is now in its 14th season and has won 38 Daytime Emmy Awards, include four for DeGeneres.

DeGeneres also took a swipe at Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president. "I'm not really a political person, but when somebody's acting like an entitled, lying brat, and you know he's hurt a lot of people, it's easy to see what kind of human being he is."

On out YouTuber Tyler Oakley, who in September started his own talk show on Ellentube, DeGeneres' online video site, she called him a "positive influencer."

DeGeneres added that her life was an example of "it gets better."

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