Ellen DeGeneres devoted Friday’s episode of her talk show to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking coming-out episode of her sitcom, Ellen, by reuniting with the entire cast.
On April 30, 1997, Ellen DeGeneres told the world that she is gay in an hour-long episode called “The Puppy Episode.”
The episode won the Emmy Award for Best Writing in a Comedy Series but it nearly cost Ellen her career.
Ellen recalled asking talk show queen Oprah Winfrey if she would guest star on the sitcom, and was “shocked” when she agreed.
“I said ’yes’ immediately,” said Winfrey.
DeGeneres said that her coming out was received with mulitple death threats and revealed that the cast and crew experienced a bomb scare during the filming of “The Puppy Episode.”
Michelle Obama surprised Ellen with a special message for DeGeneres congratulating her on her anniversary.
“You are brave, you are kind,” said the former First Lady. “I absolutely adore you.”
Watch Obama’s video message below.