Remember When Dwight Yoakam Played a Grocery Store Employee on ‘Ellen’?
On April 30, 1997, country singer Dwight Yoakam made a guest appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ eponymous ABC sitcom ‘Ellen.’ It’s worth noting since this particular episode would go down as a watershed moment in prime time TV. It was the now-legendary “coming out” episode, where Ellen’s character revealed her sexuality.
The taboo-at-the-time topic changed the landscape for TV, that’s for sure. So Yoakam, who would play the role in two episodes that season, was a part of small screen history.
In the episode, Yoakam portrayed a grocery store employee aka a bag boy. He was not the only high-profile guest on this episode, though. Actress Demi Moore also starred, as did daytime talk show doyenne Oprah Winfrey and singer k.d lang.