Actress Jane Lynch has thanked Ellen DeGeneres for making it easier for actors such as herself to come out gay.

DeGeneres has said that Hollywood at first rejected her after her 1997 announcement that she is gay. She's now considered one of Hollywood's most bankable stars.

“The reason I can be openly homosexual was because of Ellen DeGeneres,” Lynch said in a video for the site

“It was like the spotlight was put on her and she did it. She's a pioneer. She, like, busted down the doors.”

“It's an amazing thing what's happened with her. The reverberations are just huge for humanity. It's huge,” she added of DeGenere's success.

The 55-year-old Lynch is best known for her portrayal of Sue Sylvester on the Fox comedy-musical Glee.