Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Lambert

Ellen DeGeneres is proud that American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert is publicly embracing his homosexuality.

"I'm proud of him, and I'm happy for anyone who has the guts to actually tell the world who they are and not fear they are going to lose their career or alienate anybody," DeGeneres told TVGuide.com. 

The openly gay talk-show host expressed her admiration for Lambert's courage to open up to Rolling Stone about being gay and explained what a positive impact it can have on others. "We've seen recently in the press how many kids have killed themselves because of being bullied at school and teased," said DeGeneres. "Whenever there is somebody who is successful and talented and happy and openly gay, I think that sends a really positive message for all these kids out there that are struggling — and adults."