It’s been two years since Caitlyn Jenner appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and stirred up one of many controversies for herself when she explained her indifferent support of marriage equality. The interview caused a stir with Jenner’s fellow LGBT fans and supporters and Jenner even ended up having to backtrack and clarify her statements to make peace with her fans. Now, Jenner has come forward and is claiming that Ellen DeGeneres alienated her from the LGBT community with that interview.
For those that don’t remember, during the famous interview, Jenner spoke about same-sex marriage and said, “I remember 15 years ago, 20 years ago – whenever it was when the whole gay marriage issue came up – at first I was not for it. I’m older than most people in the audience. I kind of like tradition and it’s always been a man and a woman. And I’m thinking I don’t quite get it. But as time has gone on, I think like a lot of people on this issue have really changed their thinking here too, I don’t ever want to stand in front of anybody’s happiness. That’s not my job.”
DeGeneres questioned Jenner’s sincerity about her support of same-sex marriage and after the interview, she appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” and explained that she felt like Jenner was still judging gay people and same-sex marriage.
“She still has a judgment about gay marriage,” DeGeneres said. “You’re wanting people to understand and accept you — this is like really confusing to people and you still have a judgment about gay people and marriage… it was a great interview. I’m grateful that she was on the show. And I don’t really know her and I’m trying to understand it because I don’t fully understand it either — but I also want everyone to be happy. So I don’t fully understand all of that, but I want her to be happy — which is what I want for her [to want] for me.”
Well, according to reports, in Jenner’s new book, The Secrets of My Life, she opens up about her interview with Degeneres and Degeneres’ subsequent interview with Stern and writes that the talk show host’s actions “further alienated me from members of the LGBTQ community.”
She added, “Ellen’s appearance on ‘The Howard Stern Show,’ where in my mind she even more emphatically took what I said out of context, made it go viral.”
Jenner also claims that her original interview with DeGeneres was edited and did not include her further explaining that she supports marriage equality.
“I am for it,” Jenner reiterates in her memoir. “I did not initially understand why marriage was so important, influenced not doubt by my own personal experience. Now I do, and it’s a wonderful thing to see.”
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