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October 14, 2014

Nick the gardener has impressed during shirtless appearances on boss' show

Channing Tatum called The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday (13 October) with big news about the Magic Mike sequel - but he wasn't calling for Ellen.

The actor was calling for Ellen's hunky gardener, Nick, who just happened to be on the set picking apples while shirtless.

'After careful inspection of your ab region, we have deducted that we need you in Magic Mike XXL,' Tatum told a disbelieving gardener whose real name is Bill Reilich.

The talk show host had floated the idea during one of the gardener's previous appearances on her show.

October 7, 2014

Talk show host gets mock vp to recite such names as Angela Mansbury, Lucille Balls, Tess Tosterone and Wilma Fingerdoo

Ellen DeGeneres told the audience of her daytime talk show on Tuesday (7 October) that she had asked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to appear in order to make an apology.

The apology was for the social media giant's 'Real Names' policy which had the drag community in an uproar before it was reversed last week.

Drag queens and others can now continue to use their professional names on their Facebook pages.

October 6, 2014

Talk show host finds out couple has been together only a year and jokes: 'That's fast!'

For the second time this year, a Florida couple traveled to the Los Angeles area to be in the audience for a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

What one of the men did not know was that his boyfriend of one year was going to propose marriage to him in front of Ellen's studio audience with the talk show host in on the plan.

After her show was through taping for the day, Ellen - seemingly at random - called a couple named Benjamin and Justin down to the stage just to see if they had anything to say.

Benjamin had plenty.

October 1, 2014

LGBTI media advocacy group announces networks must include transgender characters to receive an 'Excellent' grade from next year

GLAAD has issued a record 'Excellent' grade to three TV networks this year.

With shows such as Modern Family, The Fosters and Looking huge hits, the US LGBT media advocacy organization has looked backwards at the previous season and rated the networks on their LGBT-inclusive content between June 2013 and May 2014.

They have also released the Where We Are On TV report, analyzing the scripted characters in the upcoming 2014-2015 season.

ABC Family, HBO and MTV have earned 'Excellent' this year.

September 15, 2014

Neither funny lady knows the words to the tune but both go all out anyway

It was kind of like what you might hear at a karaoke bar - only worse.

Funny ladies Ellen DeGeneres and Kristen Wiig decided to duet on the Oscar-winning song Let it Go from Disney's animated smash Frozen on Ellen's daytime show.

The fact that neither one knew the words did not deter them from giving it a go.

The results aren't anything that will end up on iTunes anytime soon but no one can say they aren't fearless.

August 28, 2014

In filmed comedy bit, she wonders if she was never invited onto Chelsea Lately because she's a lesbian

In the seven years that the late night show Chelsea Lately was on the air, Ellen DeGeneres never appeared as a guest.

That is until the show's finale on Tuesday (26 August) during which DeGeneres barges into a shower and confronts host Chelsea Handler who has given up her cable show on E! to do a future show with Netflix.

In the filmed comedy bit, Handler is nude (with private parts blurred out) and DeGeneres is wearing a pantsuit and shower cap.

DeGeneres wonders if she was never asked on the show  'because I'm a lesbian.'

August 19, 2014

Talk show host tweets selfie of herself, her wife, and special message

It was six years ago that Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi tied the knot in an elaborate ceremony in California that made the cover of People magazine.

To mark their sixth anniversary, actress de Rossi (Arrested Development) hired an airplane to write a simple three-letter message in the sky for her wife: 'SIX.'

August 12, 2014

Tweets Jesse Tyler Ferguson: 'It’s the mark of a true artist. I never knew him but I’m heartbroken by his passing'

The death of Robin Williams on Monday (11 August) has left many of the Oscar winning actor's showbiz friends shocked and in mourning.

Ellen DeGeneres, who welcomed Williams onto her daytime talk show many times over the years tweeted that she just could not believe the news.

'He gave so much to so many people,' she tweeted. ' I’m heartbroken.'

Neil Patrick Harris tweeted: 'I am stunned and just reeling from the news of Robin Williams’ death. He brought so much joy and heart to millions… Just, wow.'

July 23, 2014

Says her wife will be part of 'top secret' story arc on political drama

Portia de Rossi has landed a role on the hit political drama Scandal.

The news was broken not by ABC or by a publicist but by the famous wife of the actress.

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted to her nearly 30 million followers: 'So annoying when people brag on twitter & that’s why I’m not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on Scandal. Oops.'

The show's writers later confirmed the news with their own tweet saying: 'We are so excited to have Portia de Rossi joining us this coming season.'

July 1, 2014

Ranks behind only Beyonce, LeBron James, Dr. Dre and Oprah Winfrey when ranking world’s most powerful celebrities

Ellen DeGeneres is showing that after more than 20 years in the spotlight, she is only getting more popular - and powerful.

DeGeneres climbed up five spaces from last year to reach fifth place on Forbes Magazine's 15th Annual Celebrity 100 list.

Beyonce tops the list for the first time with last year's leader, Oprah Winfrey, dropping to fourth. In second-place is LeBron James and number three is Dr. Dre.

June 28, 2014

The US actress took the top spot in the LGBTI awards, Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Daley and Stephen Fry are also honoured

US trans actress and activist Laverne Cox was revealed as number one on the World Pride Power list last night (27 June).

The Orange is the New Black actress wasn’t able to attend the ceremony, but sent a video message instead.

‘I hope you can love each other more regardless of who you are or how you identify,’ said Cox. 

Cox has been hailed as one of the most recognizable and successful trans women in popular culture. She has appeared on talk shows with Wendy Williams and Katie Couric and was recently on the cover of Time magazine.

June 13, 2014

Talk show host airs hilarious compilation video of Eric Stonestreet, Miley Cyrus and others jumping in their seats

Ellen DeGeneres has earned many titles over the years.

Groundbreaker. Emmy winner. Oscar host. LGBTI activist.

But while doing all of that and becoming one of the most famous lesbians on the planet, DeGeneres has quietly been earning another title: Scariest woman on daytime TV.

On her daytime talk show this week, DeGeneres aired a compilation video of the various ways she has scared various celebrities including her own wife, Portia de Rossi.

May 31, 2014

Says Bomer: 'It's kind of a road trip film that leads to a stripper convention'

Basking in the critical and popular success of The Normal Heart, Matt Bomer appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday (31 May) to talk about that film and his next one.

Bomer shared how reading Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart when he was a teenager really changed - and probably saved - his life.

'It encouraged me to practice safe sex,' he said. 'But also, I knew that somewhere out there, there was somebody who understood me and would stand by me.'

May 27, 2014

One of the most famous lesbian couples in the world want to fight for same-sex marriage in Australia

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi are apparently planning to renew their wedding vows in Australia this summer.

One of the most famous lesbian couples in the world, the loved up twosome are said to be organizing a lavish ceremony to celebrate their sixth wedding anniversary in Sydney.

The duo, according to OK Magazine, ‘want to show their commitment to each other’ and help push for same-sex marriage in De Rossi’s home country.

May 23, 2014

Parsons has been with partner more than a decade and says 'you get used to your life as it is'

Jim Parsons may have thought he was going on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week just to promote his movie The Normal Heart.

But the host had other things in mind: marriage.

DeGeneres, who got married to Portia de Rossi in 2008, put The Big Bang Theory star on the spot about his un-wedded bliss with Todd Spiewak, his partner of more than 11 years.

'Eleven years is enough time to know,' DeGeneres said to Parsons who squirmed a bit in his seat.

May 2, 2014

'I'm so proud of you, so happy for you. I know what a scary thing that is'

For the second time this week, Ellen DeGeneres welcomed a newly out famous lesbian onto her daytime talk show and offered them public congratulations for coming out.

Just a few days after an appearance by Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page dropped by to talk about her Valentine's Day revelation.

'I am so proud of you for coming out and I'm happy for you,' DeGeneres told her guest. 'I know what a scary thing that is. ... It's a scary thing to verbalize, to say it out loud.'

April 30, 2014

'It's wonderful to have somebody who's had the courage and strength to do it and to be another face'

Ellen DeGeneres has competition now as the most famous lesbian to be on television each weekday in the US - and she couldn't be happier about it.

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts came out publicly at the end of last year in a Facebook post that thanked her girlfriend of nearly nine years for taking care of her through a life-threatening illness.

'Not everybody wants to be in the spotlight,' Roberts said of her publicity shy girlfriend Amber Laign during an appearance Tuesday (29 April) on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

April 30, 2014

When show debuted in 1998, Messing says such cluelessness 'was considered a good thing for the show'

The landmark NBC sitcom Will & Grace didn't want to be in your face when it premiered back in 1998 - a year after Ellen DeGeneres came out and more than a decade before the premiere of Modern Family.

Debra Messing, the actress who won an Emmy for her performance as the best friend of a gay man (played by Eric McCormack), remembers that the subject of Will's sexuality had to be introduced delicately.

April 15, 2014

Michael Sam, Rachel Maddow and Andy Cohen also in the top 10

Boosted by her triumph hosting the Academy Awards last month, Ellen DeGeneres has landed atop Out Magazine's 8th annual Power 50 list which ranks of the most influential LGBTI voices in American culture.

DeDeneres, who finished second on the list last year, moved up a spot based in the Oscars which were the highest rated Academy Awards telecast in a decade and resulted in the temporary crashing of Twitter due to the host's all-star selfie.

April 13, 2014

Evening also features Ellen Page and Rita Moreno but honoree Norman Lear calls in sick

This year's Los Angeles chapter of the GLAAD Media Awards took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where the Golden Globe Awards - the most star-studded of all the award shows - are held each January.

March 20, 2014

US president says life in White House not near as exciting as on shows like House of Cards and Scandal

US President Barack Obama appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today and had a little something to say about the all-star selfie the host engineered while hosting the Oscars.

The selfie broke the retweet record that had been set by Obama.

'I don't know if you know this, but I was aiming to break your record of retweets and I apologize for doing it,' DeGeneres told Obama who appeared via satellite from The White House.

March 5, 2014

Host is seen saying to writers of now legendary all-star selfie: 'I really hope everyone jumps in this picture'

The nice thing about being the host of the Oscars and having your own daytime talk show is that you can extend the experience for days.

That's what Ellen DeGeneres has done this week with her latest post-Oscars treat being a nearly seven-minute video that takes viewers behind the scenes of her experience as host of the Academy Awards.

'I had a lot of fun hosting the Oscars,' DeGeneres tells her talk show audience. 'There was a camera following me around from the day we started rehearsing and all week and all backstage throughout the show.'

March 5, 2014

Homer Simpson tries to photobombs the now iconic Twitter-breaking group shot  - is kept out by Bradley Cooper's foot

If the Ellen DeGeneres all-star selfie from Sunday's Academy Awards wasn't already iconic, it certainly is now.

The shot featuring the Oscar host with the likes of Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts and Bradley Cooper has been given the royal animated treatment by the creator of The Simpsons.

Matt Groening gives a 'wider view' of the epic shot with an illustration he posted on Twitter on Tuesday (4 March).

March 4, 2014

Late night host cozies up with couple and even brings his own fondue pot

Who could blame Ellen DeGeneres for wanting to get cozy in bed with gorgeous wife Portia de Rossi after hosting the Academy Awards last night?

At least that was the scene in this hilarious opening sequence to Jimmy Kimmel's annual post-Oscars special on ABC.

The couple soon realizes they are not alone - there is a man in their bed.

That man is Jimmy Kimmel and not only do his pajamas match theirs, he has brought along his own fondue pot for late night snacking.