Openly gay comedian Wanda Sykes says
that she chose to be straight.
Sykes joined actors Dan Bucatinsky and
Jesse Tyler Ferguson to discuss being gay in Hollywood with Oprah
Winfrey on Sunday's episode of Oprah's Next Chapter.
Sykes told Winfrey that she didn't come
out to her parents until after she divorced her husband at the age of
“So you did the whole marriage
thing?” Winfrey asked.
“Yeah, yeah. I chose to be
straight.” Sykes answered.
“So, were you in denial about being
gay? Were in denial about it or just repressed it?”
“Repressed it,” Sykes responded.
“How can you have a heterosexual
marriage if you're really homosexual? And have intimacy, connection
and all of that.”
“You can do it,” Sykes answered,
“but those are things that you don't have. You don't have the
intimacy, the connection. There was only a certain place where I
could get to in a relationship. … I don't know what I would do
without my wife.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit
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