Ellen DeGeneres says she has ignored the advice of publicists and managers in speaking out.

The 54-year-old DeGeneres' syndicated daytime talk show enters its 10th season when it returns on September 10. The Ellen DeGeneres Show is the second-highest-earning syndicated series behind the final season of Oprah Winfrey's The Oprah Winfrey Show.

DeGeneres has said that Hollywood at first rejected her after her 1997 announcement that she is gay. She recently told PARADE that she turned things around by convincing producers that she was “not just gay” but “a funny woman who happens to be gay.”

In a The Hollywood Reporter cover story, DeGeneres said she wants to stand for something.

“I know that every time I list something that I am, I am potentially alienating a whole group of people,” said DeGeneres. “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.”

(Related: Oprah Winfrey credits Ellen DeGeneres' success to coming out gay.)