In 2002, Rosie O’Donnell came out as gay at the age of 40 just after O’Donnell played a lesbian mom on Will & Grace.
“When I came out on TV after 9/11, it was like a blip, nobody even…but I, like you, Emily, was surprised that people thought I was not gay,” she says. “I went to a comedy club, and I was doing stand-up, and I’m like, “I’m gay. Listen, 9/11 happened, I’m gay. I’m telling you all, I’m gay. In case the buildings blow up again, I’m so, so gay,’ you know?” the comedian revealed about her coming out on an episode of Red Table Talk: The Estefans.