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Rosie O�Donnell claims Ellen DeGeneres' contract forbids lesbian talk

Ross von Metzke | May 14, 2007

LOS ANGELES — When Ellen DeGeneres came out ten years ago in an episode of her self titled sitcom, she made history, scored a ratings landslide – and almost instantly became a target of the Christian Right.

Her series was cancelled a year later due to sagging ratings.

Ellen�s back on top of the rating�s heap thanks to her Emmy winning daytime talk show, but to hear View co-host Rosie O�Donnell tell it, that might have something to do with the fact that she�s contractually forbidden from talking about gay issues on the air.

Yes, Rosie�s making waves again, this time in a video blog response to a reader�s e-mail on her official Web site. The fan asked Rosie why she constantly talks about being gay on The View while Ellen never mentions it. O�Donnell explains:

"Ellen's not allowed to (talk about gay issues). She signed a contract that said she wouldn't. It was on the heels of my show. Right? So that's why she doesn't!

�But, you know what? She also paved the way for a lot of gay people, especially on TV. There were no gay shows on TV. She was pre-Will & Grace, remember that. So, you know, I talk about 'gay' because I like to and she doesn't talk about it because she doesn't want to or she can't. But, who cares? It's fine. Gay Gay Gay Gay Gay!�

Spokespeople for The Ellen DeGeneres Show have yet to comment on Rosie�s blog. Ellen made headlines earlier this year when she had Grey�s Anatomy star T.R. Knight on her show to discuss co-star Isaiah Washington�s use of the word �faggot� at the Golden Globes. – Gay Link Content

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