Oprah Called the N-word for Supporting Ellen DeGeneres

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  • Oprah Winfrey revealed to the Hollywood Reporter that she got called the N-word for the first time when she agreed to guest star on Ellen DeGeneres’ eponymous ABC sitcom back in 1997.

    The episode, in which Winfrey played a therapist, featured DeGeneres revealing her sexual orientation for the first time, a long-rumored plot twist that made for game-changing TV. DeGeneres did so off-screen as well, coming out publicly in a Time Magazine cover story titled, “Yep, I’m Gay,” and a sit-down interview on Winfrey’s since-ended talk show.

    “I did it because she asked me to do it and I wanted to support her,” Winfrey told The Hollywood Reporter of her decision to be part of the “puppy episode,” as it was famously code-named, in this week’s cover story.

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