Ellen Degeneres thanks Madonna for gay support

London: Ellen Degeneres has thanked pop queen Madonna for her support when the comedienne admitted to being gay during a 1997 episode of her sitcom.

Madonna recently appeared on her daily show where Degeneres revealed that the singer was one of her biggest celebrity fans when she took a risk and came out, reported Express online.

Neither had publicly spoken about the telephone conversation they had after word spread that DeGeneres was a lesbian until Madonna recently taped an appearance on DeGeneres` show.

"Before it was really official I was coming out... It was a big, huge topic... And I`d never had that much media attention; it was really scary for me... And Madonna called me outta the blue; we had never met.

"You said some really amazing things that I won`t share because they were very personal about, like, holding on to this ride," Degeneres said.

The chat show host revealed Madonna also sent her a quote from dancer Martha Graham that inspired her to hold her head up high after the gay reveal hit the headlines.