8 TV Episodes That Caused A Stir Off-Screen

From American Crime Story's liberal use of the N-word to Ellen's famous coming out episode, here are some controversial plot lines that got people talking


Ellen DeGeneres came out in real-life through her character, Ellen Morgan, on her hit sitcom Ellen in 1997. In the episode, Ellen revealed that she is gay to a therapist played by the one and only Oprah Winfrey, while simultaneously doing the same thing off-screen on the cover of TIME magazine. The negative kickback was swift – ABC, the show's network, even received bomb threats. Ellen was cancelled a year later.