Then my career turned into-I got my own sitcom, and that was very successful, another levelof success. And I thought, "what if they find out I'm gay, then they'll never watch," and thiswas a long time ago, this was when we just had white presidents-but anyway this was back,many years ago-and I finally decided that I was living with so much shame, and so much fear,that I just couldn't live that way anymore, and I decided to come out and make it creative.And my character would come out at the same time, and it wasn't to make a politicalstatement, it wasn't to do anything other than to free myself up from this heaviness that Iwas carrying around, and I just wanted to be honest. And I thought, "What's the worst thatcould happen? I can lost my career." I did. I lost my career. The show was cancelled after sixyears, without even telling me, I read it in the paper. The phone didn't ring for three years. Ihad no offers. Nobody wanted to touch me at all. And yet, I was getting letters from kids thatalmost committed suicide, but didn't, because of what I did. And I realised that I had apurpose. And it wasn't just about me and it wasn't about celebrity, but I felt like I was beingpunished...it was a bad time, I was angry, I was sad, and then I was offered a talkshow. Andthe people that offered me the talkshow tried to sell it. And most stations didn't want to pick itup. Most people didn't want to buy it because they thought nobody would watch me.