Ellen: (to The Advocate, 2000) I experienced both sides of it because when I came out, everything was great. I was "entertainer of the year," and I was one of the "ten most fascinating people." And it was a whole year of celebrating Ellen. And then it went to the complete opposite end. Suddenly! had become this person that everybody was saying, "Oh, I hate her. Oh, I love her." And I heard about all of it. It just got to be where I couldn't watch TV without somebody saying something mean. I was the punch line of every joke, like Monica Lewinsky.