Why Lily Tomlin chose not to come out on the cover of Time Magazine in 1975

Ellen talking with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin
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Lily Tomlin explained to Ellen Degeneres why she didn’t come out publicly on the cover of Time magazine before Ellen did.

Tomlin and Grace & Frankie co-star Jane Fonda were on Ellen’s show, and Ellen brought up a story she heard about how Time wanted to give Tomlin the cover of the magazine if she came out… in 1975.

Tomlin confirmed the story and said it was “a hard decision to make.”

“I fell down on the side of, after what you went through, probably good sense,” she joked to Ellen.

Related: Lily Tomlin said ‘My mother would have died. Literally. If she’d lived to see me come out.’

Fonda said that she would come out now if she could get on the cover of Time, and Tomlin quipped that the magazine’s cover isn’t worth it anymore.

The exchange starts at around the four-minute mark.

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