Netflix has released a trailer for Relatable, Ellen DeGeneres’ debut original comedy special on the streaming platform. The upcoming special also marks the 60-year-old talk show host’s return to stand-up after a 15-year hiatus.
In 1997, during the fourth season of her sitcom, Ellen, both DeGeneres and her character famously came out as a lesbian with “The Puppy Episode.” The episode earned record ratings, as well as an Emmy and a Peabody Award, but ABC ultimately cancelled Ellen after the following season.
DeGeneres makes light of this dark period in the new Relatable preview.
“I lost my sitcom when I came out and it took three years to get back on television,” she tells the crowd at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. “There was this one station manager that said, ’No one’s going to watch a lesbian during the day.’ And I said, ’Well, they weren’t watching me at night. What time of day is good for a lesbian?’
DeGeneres also riffs on emotional support animals, her inability to be unkind, and the concern that she may no longer be relatable to a regular audience.
The comedian married Portia de Rossi in 2008. The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which premiered in 2003, is now in its 16th season.
Relatable streams December 18 on Netflix.