For laughs, consult top producer Cappy McGarr, who insisted Ellen wasn't picked for political reasons: "The Kennedy Center is apolitical. We have had so many people who have their own brand and type of humor. We don't pick winners because of any advocacy they do. It is all about...
I used to like Ellen DeGeneres. She was funny, like Bob Newhart. And a lot of people thought she was probably a lesbian, but it didn't matter b ecause it didn't come up and besides, she was a hoot. Then Ellen had to become gay. On her TV show, whatever she was doing, you had to be reminded she was gay. She stopped being funny and I stopped watching her.
The PBS broadcast of the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize on Oct. 30 was a festival of tributes to Ellen DeGeneres -- which is fine, since she is quite talented comically. But it wasn't so much a tribute for the comedy as it was for her pioneering work promoting homosexuality.
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