What a difference a few months make! The Ellen DeGeneres Show returns from its summer hiatus and its first guest is none other than Caitlyn Jenner in her first TV interview since sitting down with Diane Sawyer in April.
The world first met Caitlyn in the beginning of the summer, on June 1, when her Vanity Fair cover made headlines. Since then, we've seen her here, there, and everywhere, including on her docuseries I Am Cait. But this is her first sit-down and she chats with Ellen, whose own coming out was groundbreaking, about dating (with Candis Cayne?), whether she misses Bruce, and how her stance on marriage equality has changed. Here are the highlights.
1. She's not ready to date. Caitlyn has said that her transition wasn't motivated by a desire to pursue new romantic relationships — and she still feels that way. "Everybody wants to have a partner. Everybody would love to have a family," she said on the show, which premieres Sept. 8. "For trans people, sometimes that can be extraordinarily difficult to do and so it's an issue that’s big in the community. For me, I’m at such a different place in life. [As a father of 10], I’ve kind of passed that stage in my life. But would I like to find a partner in life to share my life with? Yeah, I’m sure I will at some point. Right now I’m just very busy … getting used to where I’m at."
2. Is her constant companion Candis Cayne a potential love interest? "Actually Candis is backstage," the brunette admitted of the trans actress, "but that’s a whole other deal. Candis is great. We really have a lot a fun. She’s a beautiful woman."
3. She doesn't miss Bruce. "Absolutely, no," Kris Jenner's ex replied. "Because as a woman I can do all this fun stuff anyway. I can still play golf. I can still go race cars."
4. She still uses the men's tee on the golf course. "Don’t go there!" the accomplished golfer laughed at Ellen's question. "Actually, no, I still play from the men’s tees."
5. She used to cross dress. Long before her transition, Caitlyn would often wear a bra and pantyhose under her suits when she gave motivational speeches following her success as an Olympic athlete. "I was very stealthy," Jenner admitted. "I was good at this stuff. I would literally go back to the hotel room, cross dress, walk out around the hotel, and they never knew." Asked if she was ever recognized, she said, "They would never in a billion years think that [it was me], so I never got caught."
6. She wasn't always a proponent of marriage equality. Ellen brought up how Bruce was notoriously conservative and Caitlyn said she still is in some ways. "I have to admit that I remember 15 years ago, 20 years ago, whenever it was the whole gay marriage issue came up at first, I was not for it," she said. "I mean, I’m older than most people in the audience. I like tradition and [marriage has] always been between a man and a woman… But as time goes on — like a lot of people on this issue — I’ve really changed thinking here to: I don’t ever want to stand in front of anybody’s happiness. That’s not my job. If that word marriage is really, really that important to you, I can go with it." When Ellen noted that Caitlyn still didn't seem completely on board with it, she replied, "No I’m on board. It’s going to be pretty much the law of the land. So I still feel like yeah, I’m ok with it. I don’t want to stand in front of somebody's happiness."
See the entire interview when Season 13 of the Ellen DeGeneres Show kicks off on Tuesday.