The Ellen DeGeneres Show
|The Ellen DeGeneres Show|
|Created by||Ellen DeGeneres|
|Presented by||Ellen DeGeneres|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||10|
|No. of episodes||1,612 (as of Feb 22, 2013) (List of episodes)|
Burbank, California (2003–08)
Warner Bros. Studios
Burbank, California (2008–present)
|Running time||38 minutes|
|Production company(s)||A Very Good Production
Time-Telepictures Television (2003, early episodes only)
Telepictures Productions (2003-present)
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original channel||NBC O&Os, Syndication|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
720p, 1080i (HDTV)
|Original run||September 8, 2003– present|
The Ellen DeGeneres Show, often shortened to Ellen, is an American television talk show hosted by comedian/actress Ellen DeGeneres. Debuting on September 8, 2003, it is produced by Telepictures and airs in syndication, including stations owned by NBCUniversal. For its first five seasons, the show was taped in Studio 11 at NBC Studios in Burbank, California. It later moved to Stage 1 on the nearby Warner Bros. lot. Since the beginning of the sixth season, Ellen has broadcast in high definition. The show has won 32 Daytime Emmy Awards as of 2011. The 10th season of the show began on September 10, 2012. It was announced on March 11, 2013 that the show had been renewed through 2017.
The program combines comedy,celebrity, musical guests and human-interest stories. The program is not characterized as a tabloid talk show, nor does it involve experts giving advice in regards to personal relationships.
The program often features audience participation games where prizes are awarded. During her Twelve Days of Giveaways promotion, audience members receive roughly $1,000 worth of prizes on each of twelve episodes.
Because the show has become so popular, not all who arrive hoping to see a taping can fit into the studio, so an off-shoot space referred to as "The Riff Raff Room" was created. Persons seated here are often referenced and shown briefly on camera but watch the taping from off-stage.
Other non-celebrities have been featured in an attempt by DeGeneres to give them 15 minutes of fame. Guests in this role have included intelligent children, small business owners, etc. In the show's third season, DeGeneres began surprising fans by introducing them to their favorite celebrities.
Recurring elements 
Several recurring sounds, gags, and catchphrases are used by DeGeneres depending on the topic of discussion or theme for a specific episode. For example, after DeGeneres says the phrase, "Aww Snap!", a sound effect of a whip cracking often is played. In her monologue, DeGeneres frequently thanks the audience's applause by saying "And it all goes right back to you!" Other video segments include DeGeneres scaring people, playing pranks, taking part in faux-breaking news segments, interacting with crew members, etc.
Other recurring segments include those where DeGeneres comments on internet videos, tabloid-style photographs of celebrities, advertisements on Craigslist, or voice mail left for her on an answering machine. Some segments feature audience members more prominently, including having audience members show hidden talents, pictures of others that resemble DeGeneres, interviewing children, etc.
DeGeneres frequently plays games with audience members and awards prizes based upon their performance. Games have included Pictionary-style drawing games, finding hidden objects within the studio, category, current event or pop-culture-based trivia, and various other stunt and charade-based games.
The show has many recurring segments throughout its many seasons.
Oh Hair No! is a segment that involves fans sending in funny haircuts to DeGeneres, some of them appear on the show.
Know or Go is a segment involving 3 audience members (or contestants) to answer questions based on topics such as Thanksgiving, current events, about Ellen herself, etc. If they get a question wrong, the contestant gets dropped through trap door.
Clumsy Thumbsy is a segment where Ellen shows messed up auto corrects sent in by fans.
Oh Puh-lice is a segment where odd police reports are shown.
Ellen's Dance Dare is a segment where viewers send videos of themselves secretly dancing behind oblivious people. Irish jigs were featured on the 2012 St. Patrick's Day episode. Many celebrities have participated such as Emma Stone, Zac Efron, and Taylor Swift.
Bad Paid for Tattoos Odd, usually incorrectly spelled body art is displayed.
"What's Wrong with these Photos?" Photos Silly photos sent in by viewers are featured.
"What's Wrong with these Signs?" Signs Viewers send Ellen pictures of signs that aren't quite right.
Tony Karaoke is a segment that features the show's DJ, Tony, singing often wrong-but-hilarious lyrics to popular songs.
Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie is a segment in which Sophia Grace & Rosie interview celebrity guests on the show, all while enjoying cookies and tea.
ApPARENTly Confused is a segment where Ellen shows messages by parents who don't understand texting and technology
Ellen's on Your Facebook is a segment where Ellen shares funny Facebook photos taken from the profile pages of audience members.
Weekly Tweetly Roundup is a segment where Ellen shares funny and interesting tweets.
Classic Joke Tuesday is a segment where Ellen shares funny jokes, usually in a conversation with the show's DJ, Tony.
Just KID-ink is a segment where Ellen shares funny drawings from kids.
INSTA-grammification is a segment where Ellen shares funny and unusual pictures from the show's Instagram page.
Since the show's debut, DeGeneres has segued from her opening monologue by doing a dance. The dancing proved to be extremely popular with viewers, and has since progressed to a segment where DeGeneres dances into the audience, sometimes borrowing a coat or purse from someone's chair, and taking it with her. She has also featured a segment in which people teach her new dance moves.
One of her most famous dance moves is dancing over the table, where she straddles the coffee table and dances from one end to the other. Although she does not do it every day, dancing over the table is a recurring theme. As an April Fools' Day prank in 2009, the show's staff placed a wider table top over her normal table. During the show when DeGeneres attempted to dance over it, she barely made it across, being forced on her tip-toes and using the table as leverage. On the seventh season premiere, DeGeneres performed a dance segment with the cast of "So You Think You Can Dance".
In September 2009, four major record labels sued the producers of the show for unspecified damages over the dance routine, for allegedly using songs without permission.
Sophia Grace and Rosie 
Sophia Grace Brownlee and her cousin Rosie McClelland were first invited to the show after DeGeneres saw their YouTube video cover of "Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj, which the girls posted on YouTube on September 19, 2011. The then eight- and five-year-old Essex natives became recurring casts on the show, where they hosted their own segment called “Tea Time with Sophia Grace and Rosie.” In the segment, the duo invites and interviews guest celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Reese Witherspoon over tea. Sophia Grace and Rosie won the "Choice Webstar" at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards for this segment. They have also been correspondents during the red carpet events such as the Grammy Awards, the American Music Awards, and the MTV Video Music Awards.
DeGeneres' mother 
DeGeneres' mother, Betty, regularly attended the show and was frequently featured on camera, but her regular appearances ended in early 2006, when she relocated. The chair in which Betty sat has since been designated as the "Mama chair", and special privileges are given to the audience member who sits in it.
The show has met with considerable success, and has won several Daytime Emmy Awards. Additionally, as the show's popularity has increased, the program has appeared in plot elements of story lines in several scripted television programs, including Joey, Six Feet Under and The Bernie Mac Show, among others.
The show averages about 4 million viewers per episode, according to daytime television ratings, making it a highly-viewed daytime show. It usually only trails behind Live! with Kelly and Michael, Dr. Phil, The Dr. Oz Show, and Maury in total viewers.
The show has won a total of 32 Daytime Emmy Awards, including four for Outstanding Talk Show (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) and two for Outstanding Talk Show—Entertainment (2010 and 2011). DeGeneres has won the Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host four times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008). The show has also won Emmys in numerous writing and technical categories. In 2009, the program won Best Talk Show at the Genesis Awards. Most recently, Ellen won the People's Choice Award for Best Daytime TV Host in 2013.
Production information 
Taping location 
The executive producers are DeGeneres, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner and Jim Paratore. The writing staff has included Karen Kilgariff (Head Writer), Karen Anderson, Margaret Smith and DeGeneres. Margaret Smith left the show to work on her own projects, including her first book, What Was I Thinking? How Being a Stand Up Did Nothing to Prepare Me to Become a Single Mother (Crossroad Publishing, 2008). Amy Rhodes, a writer for the program, has regularly appeared on camera during various segments.
Jim Paratore died on May 29, 2012 in France from a heart attack.
Unlike most talk shows, the show uses a disc jockey to supply music rather than a band. Originally, the role was filled by Los Angeles-based DJ Scott K, who lasted only a few weeks. He was later replaced by Tony Okungbowa, who DJed through season 3. Due to his growing acting career, Okungbowa left the show, and a few guest DJs were brought in to try out for the position, including New Orleans' own DJ Chris Guénard aka 'REVIVE.' Tony was replaced by actor/DJ Jon Abrahams for the fourth season premiere. Abrahams stayed on the show for one season, and also left as his acting career grew. Ted Stryker of KROQ, who is also co-host of Loveline with Dr. Drew, was the DJ for the fifth season. Stryker stayed for one season until Okungbowa returned. In a recent episode, DJ Pauly D from Jersey Shore deejayed when Okungbowa was promoting his CD.
2007 Writers Guild strike 
DeGeneres, a member of the Writers Guild of America, supported the 2007 writers' strike. However, on November 9, 2007, DeGeneres crossed the picket line to tape more episodes of her TV show stating:
|“||It was explained to me that no other daytime shows have shut down. I've got 135 employees that rely on me for a paycheck. But it's been the hardest thing in the world driving onto this lot.||”|
DeGeneres decided to abstain from doing a monologue on her show (which is typically written by WGA writers) during the strike. Her show continued production as normal with the exception of her monologue being omitted. The WGAE issued a statement condemning DeGeneres, stating she was "not welcome in NY." DeGeneres's representatives asserted that she did not violate the WGA's agreement, arguing that she is competing with other first-run syndicated shows like Dr. Phil and Live with Regis and Kelly during the competitive November sweeps period, and that DeGeneres must fulfill her duties as host and producer, lest her show lose its time slot or be held in breach of contract. In addition, a statement defending DeGeneres was subsequently issued by AFTRA, pointing out that DeGeneres also works under the AFTRA TV Code, which bars her from striking. The WGAE then issued a response pointing out that DeGeneres is also a Writers Guild member, and that any writing work she did on her show during the strike constituted struck work.
Special episodes 
Several episodes have aired with a special theme or format, including a "Backwards Show", entire episodes themed around Broadway productions, a Thanksgiving special taped in the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, and an entire episode which included Deltalina filmed on a Delta airplane. Other recurring themes feature products from sponsors DeGeneres likes (similar to Oprah's Favorite Things from The Oprah Winfrey Show), specials following awards show telecasts (such as the Academy Awards), and numerous milestone episodes (e.g., DeGeneres's 1,000th, 1300th, 1500th, etc. broadcast).
On January 11, 2013, DeGeneres announced that she was going to Australia in March with her wife, Australian actress Portia DeRossi, after having wanted to go for many years, however being unable to visit in summer (which she preferred) due to taping conflicts of her show. Toward the end of the episode, which featured Nicole Kidman as a guest, she announced to the audience that they will also be going on a holiday to Australia in a giveaway special.
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