Ellen DeGeneres - 'Oprah's Master Class'
Ellen DeGeneres appears on Oprah's Master Class and discusses how difficult it was to come out as a gay woman. Oprah commended her and told her, "The real work that you’ve done on the planet will be teaching people how to live authentically as themselves." DeGeneres came out in 1997 and it was a huge moment. The Human Rights campaign even issued "Come Out with Ellen" party kits. DeGeneres opened up to Winfrey about coming out, explaining that: It became bigger than I ever thought it would be. Bigger than I wanted it to be. It overshadowed my talent, it overshadowed who I am as a person ... It was only meant to be, you know, just being honest and it became this snowball, this avalanche, that just got bigger and bigger and bigger. There was no stopping it. It turned into people not liking me, because they thought that I was somehow political all of a sudden. It was the last thing I wanted to do, to be political. In addition to her sexuality, DeGeneres discusses her marriage to wife Portia de Rossi, her childhood and her rise to stardom. The premiere of the show airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. Additional celebrities appearing on the show this season include Robert Duvall, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jeff Bridges, Smokey Robinson, James Taylor and Patti LaBelle. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)