In her first talk show appearance, Caitlyn Jenner sat down for a chat with Ellen Degeneres — their conversation will air on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday. In the clip above, Caitlyn says she feels 'fabulous,' hamming things up for the enraptured audience just a little maybe, adding that her transition 'has been such an experience to go through.'
'There's nothing better than to be able to wake up in the morning and be your authentic self,' Caitlyn continues. Asked by Ellen if she has ever considered, with hindsight, doing things differently — or even transitioning at an earlier point in her life, Caitlyn spoke of times she had considered process in the 1980s (this period was also a point of discussion in her Vanity Fair cover story) but said she 'just couldn't do it.' She later acknowledges she still thought 'every single day' about being a woman, "because it's who you are as a person." "Now is the time," she concludes, to have made it all happen.
In a separate promo clip released Friday, Ellen challenges Caitlyn, somewhat, on her conservative political leanings. 'You've said you're Republican,' Ellen notes — at which point Caitlyn interjects with, 'Is that a bad thing?!' — 'and a lot of Republicans would vote against the issues that you as a woman and you as a trans person would want to support.' Caitlyn says she agrees with that logic 'in some cases,' describing herself as a 'traditionalist' and noting her past opposition to same-sex marriage. Noting that her position has changed over time, Caitlyn adds, 'I don't ever want to stand in front of anybody's happiness.' As Ellen notes, it's still a little ways away from a ringing endorsement.
Page Six also reports that Caitlyn will appear on the TODAY show, for a two-part interview with Matt Lauer. They played golf together.
Words by Alex Ress