When Ellen DeGeneres made her daytime TV debut 15 years ago, a lot of people weren’t very sure if the world was ready for her. The hesitancy makes a bit of sense. After all, it had only been five years since her very public coming out had brought her hit sitcom Ellen to an early demise.
Ellen DeGeneres is proud that, in her time on the air, she’s not following the growing trend of nastiness in comedy. “You listen to any monologue on late-night TV or just in general, to people talking, and there’s a joke at someone’s expense. “Kids grow up hearing that, and they think that’s what humor is, and they think it’s OK. This negativity, however, spreads everywhere. I think that’s where bullying comes from. I mean, I grew up watching Dick Van Dyke and Lucille Ball, and they were nothing but sweet and funny. It wasn’t ‘negative comment, negative comment, laugh track.
“So I’m really proud I’m not adding to the negativity. I’m proud that for the hour my show is on television, I’m not being mean, and I’m hopefully helping one other person go, I’m going to be kind. Because then it all just kind of spreads, and the world is a little nicer out there.”