Ellen Degeneres fake boyfriend speaks out

These days Ellen is carefree and enjoying life with her wife Portia DeRossi. 
 
But back in the 90's when Ellen was just starting out with her hilarious tv show named Ellen, she had to keep her sexuality a complete secret in fear of her getting bad ratings for being gay.
 
So in stepped Johnathon Schaech. An actor who posed as Ellen's boyfriend at events.
 
“My manager asked me to accompany her to events. She was scared people would not watch the show, her sitcom Ellen, because she was gay. It was an honour.” Johnathon admitted on a Reddit Q & A.
 
The fake romance lasted two years before Ellen came out on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her character on her TV show also came out too.
 
Johnathon was supposed to star in the coming out episode but he missed out for one gutting reason. “I was supposed to perform in her coming out episode but I ran the marathon and couldn't walk the next day. The network fired me cause they thought I was lame. I was lame. Don’t run a marathon when you’re given a great gift.” 
 
After dating Ellen, Johnathon famously went on to marry Christina Applegate from 2001-2007. He's now married again with two kids, and has gone on to acting on TV shows like Blue Bloods and Legends of Tomorrow.
 
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