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Ellen DeGeneres on conservative Caitlyn Jenner: ‘She still has a judgement about gay marriage’

Ellen DeGeneres on conservative Caitlyn Jenner: ‘She still has a judgement about gay marriage’

Ellen DeGeneres opened the new season of her popular daytime talk show on Tuesday (8 September) with a pre-taped interview with Caitlyn Jenner.

While the transgender Olympic legend and reality show star has drawn a lot of praise for her determination to shed light on trans issues, she’s not scoring so high on the same-sex marriage issue.

Jenner, a Republican, admitted to DeGeneres that she was ‘not for it’ 15 or 20 years ago because she was a traditional person. As the male Bruce Jenner, she has been divorced three times.

Jenner told DeGeneres that she doesn’t ‘ever want to stand in front of anybody’s happiness. You know? That’s not my job. If that word “marriage” is really, really that important to you, I can go with it.’

DeGeneres tells Howard Stern in a new interview that she was taken aback by this lukewarm endorsement of marriage equality.

‘She still has a judgement about gay marriage,’ DeGeneres said to Stern. ‘…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.’

Still, DeGeneres called her chat with Jenner ‘a great interview.’

‘I’m grateful that she was on the show. And I don’t really know her and I’m trying to understand it because I don’t fully understand it either – but I also want everyone to be happy. So I don’t fully understand all of that, but I want her to be happy — which is what I want for her [to want] for me.’