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Jane Lynch Discusses Coming Out As a Lesbian, and "Outs" Another Star (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 15th 2010 11:51PM
Jane Lynch Discusses Coming Out as a Lesbian, and 'Outs' Another StarRecent Emmy Award-winner Jane Lynch appeared on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated). While there, Lynch thanked Ellen for helping to pave the way for gays and lesbians in the entertainment industry. She also used her time on the show to jokingly disclose the name of a star who is secretly gay.

Neat! A secretly gay celebrity. Who could it be? Tom Cruise? John Travolta? ... Tom Cruise again?

The answer is none of the above. But before getting to that part, Lynch thanked DeGeneres for her brave decision to come out of the closet -- which took place in the late 90s, back when Ellen had her own sitcom. Jane is openly gay herself, and she praised Ellen for being a pioneer. "You were at the height of your fame, and you came out," Lynch said to Ellen. "That just blazed a trail for me. ... It made it so much easier for me, what you did."

Lynch added that her job as a "character actor" also made it easier for her to reveal herself as a lesbian. She compared herself to an actress like Julia Roberts, and said it would have been harder to come out, had she been a romantic "leading lady." Why? Because "you want to project your hopes and dreams for love [on an actress like Roberts.]" Presumably, Jane was alleging that it would be harder for straight audience members to identify with an openly gay romantic starlet.

Ellen continued with this discussion -- and jumped straight to the next level with it. "So you're saying Julia Roberts is gay?" Lynch decided to play along: "Yeah; that's what I'm saying." No -- but the two of them were just kidding. Julia is not gay. Although we're sure that if you search the Internet for long enough, you can find some random gossip stating that she is.

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