Reba Mc Entire, the rodeo star who turned country songbird, knows the importance of her own "brand." The gutsy redhead with more than 20 No.
With De Generes hinting at her and her character's coming out both off-screen and within the show, the rumors were confirmed when the episode went into production in March 1997.
Despite threats from advertisers and religious groups, "The Puppy Episode" was an enormous ratings success, won multiple awards and became a cultural phenomenon.
Animals display aggressive behavior for many reasons.
Some, like the examples above, are predatory behaviors.
She turned that tragedy into a positive, dedicating her performance to them at the Academy Awards that year as well as her next album.
Born in Mc Alester, Okla., she was raised on a large family ranch and enjoyed traveling with her parents and siblings on the rodeo circuit where her father competed.
Nonetheless, De Generes and her show quickly garnered criticism for being "too gay"; the series was canceled after one more season and De Generes and guest star Laura Dern faced career backlash.
Ellen goes out to dinner with her old friend Richard, a reporter who is in town to cover a story.
But these are all behaviors the animals engage in to ensure their own survival and the propagation of their respective species.