Daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres
is America's favorite TV personality, even among Republicans.
The 55-year-old DeGeneres was rejected
by Hollywood in 1997 after she came out gay on the cover of TIME
magazine. But the former stand-up comic has overcome adversity to
become one of Hollywood's biggest stars. Forbes calculated her
earnings last year at $55 million.
According to a Harris Poll of more than
2,100 people released earlier this year, DeGeneres and Fox News
conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly tie for the title of favorite
TV personality among Republicans.
“That surprised us,” Regina Corso,
a Harris Poll senior vice president, said in a recent The
Los Angeles Times profile of
DeGeneres. “We had to go back and double-check the data.”
“Culture changes all the time,”
DeGeneres said of the findings, “so I try not to analyze it too
The Ellen DeGeneres Show shows
no signs of slowing down after 10 years. But the show almost didn't
make it to the air because station executives worried that her comedy
might be “too dirty” for daytime.
“I don't know what they thought,”
DeGeneres said. “That I would stand in front of a rainbow flag and
play a heavy rotation of Melissa Etheridge, Indigo Girls and k.d.