"I was the punch line of lots of jokes. I laughed at some, but I realised there's somebody on the other side of them. It's cruel. I've never liked mean comedy, but that became even more important to me after I was the brunt of it," Ellen DeGeneres told OUT magazine
"My dad is a wonderful man but he has a lot of fear and he was overprotective of me. He didn't want me to hurt myself so he wanted me to be nice and quiet all the time and not really argue or speak my opinion. So imagine his challenge of having an openly gay child," Ellen DeGeneres said.