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Ellen DeGeneres praises Good Morning America's Robin Roberts for joining her in being out

'It's wonderful to have somebody who's had the courage and strength to do it and to be another face'
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Photo: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Ellen DeGeneres has competition now as the most famous lesbian to be on television each weekday in the US - and she couldn't be happier about it.

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts came out publicly at the end of last year in a Facebook post that thanked her girlfriend of nearly nine years for taking care of her through a life-threatening illness.

'Not everybody wants to be in the spotlight,' Roberts said of her publicity shy girlfriend Amber Laign during an appearance Tuesday (29 April) on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

'She's very, very supportive and she's been right there beside me every step of the way.'

Roberts told DeGeneres that it was her public coming out in 1997 that helped her to have discussions with her mother about being gay.

'My mother was so angry at the way you were treated,' Roberts told DeGeneres whose ABC sitcom was canceled the year she came out both as a character on her show and in her personal life.

'Ellen, you were such a trailblazer,' Roberts told her old friend. 'You have helped a lot of people like myself have that discussion with their families because you are so well respected and loved. It's really helped a lot of us and I thank you for that.'

DeGeneres is equally thankful to Roberts: 'It's wonderful to have somebody whose had the courage and strength to do it and be another face for "Look! We are successful, happy people who can fall in love and deserve everything that everyone else has.'

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