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Ellen DeGeneres got a bit of a surprise when Caitlyn Jenner opened up about her views on gay marriage during the season premiere of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which aired on Tuesday, September 8.
The former Olympian, who came out as transgender in April of this year, told the talk show host that she did not initially support gay marriage, noting, “I’m a traditionalist. I’m older than most people in the audience. I kind of like tradition, and it’s always been a man and a woman. I’m thinking, ‘I don’t quite get it.’”
Caitlyn went on to say that her views on same sex marriage have evolved over time, adding, “I think, like a lot of people on this issue, I have really changed my thinking here to, ‘I don’t ever want to stand in front of anybody’s happiness.’ That’s not my job, okay? If that word – ‘marriage’ – is really, really that important to you, I can go with it.”
Speaking with Howard Stern on the Tuesday edition of his SiriusXM show, Ellen revealed she was a bit confused about her interview with Caitlyn Jenner, explaining, “I said, ‘You’re wanting people to understand and accept you — this is like, really confusing to people. And you still have a judgement about gay people and marriage. She goes, ‘Well if the word marriage is that important.’ It is. That’s the word. We want the same thing.”
At the same time, Ellen said that Caitlyn was a “great interview,” but unlike many of her other guests she’s had on in the past, she didn’t dance, joking, “I don’t think she’s a dancer. Maybe she didn’t want to dance with me because I’m a lesbian.”
On a more serious note, Ellen told Howard that despite the confusion, she just wanted Caitlyn to be happy, “which is what I want for her for me.”