Ellen DeGeneres took the opportunity to address recent accusations against her during the Television Critics Association press tour panel in Pasadena, California, denying that she has a gay agenda.
During the panel for the upcoming NBC comedy “One Big Happy” — which DeGeneres executive produces and, yes, which stars Elisha Cuthbert as a lesbian who’s attempting to have a child via artificial insemination — DeGeneres shot down any suggestion that she got involved with the series because of the lead character’s sexuality.
“It’s not like I formed a production company and said, ‘Bring me all your lesbian scripts,’” DeGeneres said. “Yes, there’s a lesbian character, but it’s a really funny show, and that’s all I wanted to do, is put out really funny material, and smart and thought-provoking.”
DeGeneres’ remarks came just days after Christian Post writer Larry Tomczak wrote an article accusing DeGeneres of pushing a homosexual agenda on young girls.
DeGeneres shot down the accusation on her daytime talk show Tuesday, saying, “The only way I’m trying to influence people is to be more kind and compassionate with one another.”
During the panel, DeGeneres said that, once viewers get to know the characters on “One Big Happy,” their sexuality will eventually become a non-issue. She also suggested that her own sexuality isn’t a defining characteristic of herself.
“I don’t wake up in the morning and think, ‘I’m a lesbian,’” DeGeneres joked.
DeGeneres did, however, acknowledge the growing number of gay television characters and jokingly suggested that there might be more on the way for “One Big Happy.”
“I think by the year 2030 we’re going to have an entire lesbian cast with one token heterosexual,” she cracked. “We’re not there yet.”