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 40.

“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 our video library for more videos.)