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List of Gay Stars Who Came Out to the Media ranked by fame and popularity. Many gay celebrities choose to come out to the media. Some release official statements, while others hold exclusive interviews with popular magazines. Some famous gay people come out in televised interviews and one celeb even came out on his reality competition show.

Who is the most famous gay star who came out to the media? Ellen Degeneres tops our list. The "EDtv" actress is one of the most popular people in film and television. She famously came out as gay on Oprah Winfrey's talk show in 1997. Later that year, her character on her hit show "Ellen" came out to her therapist, played by Oprah Winfrey. "A League of Their Own" star Rosie O'Donnell publicly came out in 2002 at an Ovarian Cancer Research benefit at Caroline's Comedy Club. She has since been a fierce advocate for gay rights, same-sex marriage and gay adoption rights.

Two of the coaches from “The Biggest Loser” have come out publicly. Bob Harper came out during a 2013 episode of his popular reality show. He named his dog Karl after the gay icon fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Jillian Michaels first addressed her sexuality in a 2010 interview with Ladies Home Journal where she stated, "If I fall in love with a woman, that’s awesome. If I fall in love with a man, that’s awesome. As long as you fall in love… It’s like organic food. I only eat healthy food, and I only want healthy love." She and her partner Heidi Rhoades have two children together.

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Barry Manilow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 37 Gay Stars Who Came Out to the Media
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In 2017, Barry Manilow told People magazine that he's gay. While there had been plenty of speculation about Manilow's sexuality, it was the first time he publicly confirmed he was gay. He and long-time partner Garry Kief secretly wed in 2014 after 39 years together. He said he didn't disclose his sexuality publicly because he was worried he would disappoint his fans. 

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Age: 73

Birthplace: Williamsburg, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Theatrical producer, Pianist, + more

Credits: Bowling for Columbine, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Thumbelina, Despicable Me

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 37 Gay Stars Who Came Out to the Media
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Actress and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most popular people in film and television. She famously came out as gay on Oprah Winfrey's talk show in 1997. Later that year, her character on her hit show "Ellen" came out to her therapist, played by Oprah Winfrey.

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Age: 59

Birthplace: Metairie, Louisiana, United States of America

Profession: Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now, The 79th Annual Academy Awards

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 37 Gay Stars Who Came Out to the Media
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Elton John is arguably the most popular gay musician in the world. He first came out as a bisexual in a 1976 interview with Rolling Stone, and in 1988, he announced that he was comfortable being gay. John has been in a relationship with David Furnish since 1993, and the couple have two children together.

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Age: 70

Birthplace: England, London

Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: The Lion King, American Hustle, Almost Famous, Australia

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Rosie O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 37 Gay Stars Who Came Out to the Media
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Actress / comedian Rosie O'Donnell publicly came out in 2002 at an Ovarian Cancer Research benefit at Caroline's Comedy Club. She has since been a fierce advocate for gay rights, same-sex marriage, and gay adoption rights.

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Age: 55

Birthplace: Commack, New York, United States of America

Profession: Editor, Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, + more

Credits: Tarzan, A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, The Flintstones, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, + more

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