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May 15, 2015

Also takes viewers on behind-the-scenes visit to set of Magic Mike XXL in which he has small role

It seems doubtful that Nick the gardener is actually still mowing Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s lawn but he's still dropping in on Ellen's daytime show.

On Thursday (14 May), the muscular green thumb showed up and shared with viewers some memories from his time on the set of Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to the 2012 nit about a group of male strippers.

Some of the film's stars, including Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello, chat with Nick and Tatum is impressed with his physique.

May 5, 2015

Says daytime talk host:  'I know it’s really hard to reveal what you’ve been hiding'

You tell 'em Ellen!

Ellen DeGeneres has come to the defense of Bruce Jenner critics who are poking fun of the Olympic gold medalist because he is in the process of transitioning to female.

On her daytime talk show last week, DeGeneres took a few minutes to pay tribute to the reality show star and to put the naysayers in their place.

'It took a lot of courage to do that,' she said of Jenner's revelation. 'I know it's really hard to reveal what you've been hiding.'

May 1, 2015

One of the best feel good stories gets even better after both receive $10,000 each

When a straight guy asked his gay best friend to the high school prom, he would never have known that he would be appearing on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show.

That's what happened to Jacob Lescenski, the Las Vegas teen who held a sign up in his school for his friend Anthony Martinez: 'You're hella gay, I'm hella str8 but you're like my brother so be my d8?'

Lescenski revealed he knew Martinez once had a crush on him, and he was unsure of whether he should be friends with him.

April 15, 2015

Rounding out top five are Rachel Maddow, Senator Tammy Baldwin and Anderson Cooper

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who has become increasingly vocal on LGBTI issues in the past year, tops this years' Annual Power 50 list unveiled Wednesday by Out Magazine.

The list ranks the most influential LGBTI voices in American culture and looks at how the on the list have power, how they wield it, and who it affects.

Cook, second last year, is the only openly gay CEO in the Fortune 500. He knocked Ellen DeGeneres down one space after the talk show host headed last year's list.

March 31, 2015

Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox, Sara Gilbert, Meredith Baxter and Clinton Kelly get nods

The 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards announced Tuesday are peppered with nominations for LGBTI personalities including Ellen DeGeneres, Laverne Cox, Sara Gilbert and Meredith Baxter.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show will look to continue its dominance in the category of outstanding talk show/entertainment, an award the show has already won an astounding eight times.

DeGeneres is nominated as executive producer of the show but not as outstanding talk show host after taking herself out of the running in that category several years ago after six wins in seven years.

March 22, 2015

Director Roland Emmerich also honored with special award

There was no shortage of star power at the GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday led by honoree Kerry Washington and presenters Ellen DeGeneres and Channing Tatum.

DeGeneres took the stage to a standing ovation and quipped: 'This is the largest gathering of gay people in one room since yesterday. So congratulations to us!'

The ceremony was one of several held by GLAAD each year honoring media for fair, accurate and inclusive representation of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.

March 19, 2015

Betty DeGeneres: 'She's not putting on an act'

Betty DeGeneres knows where she is going to be just about every weekday.

The 84-year-old mother of Ellen DeGeneres is on the Warner Bros lot in Burbank watching her daughter tape her wildly popular daytime talk show.

'I watch it every day. I go to the show and the next day I'll watch the show that I was at,' she told Gay Star News at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Los Angeles over the weekend.

'I don't miss it. Are you kidding? And then when it's reruns all summer I'll watch that too.'

March 14, 2015

'But at the same time I do understand why it is something to talk about', says the Empire star

Earlier this week Jussie Smollett, who plays gay singer-songwriter Jamal Lyon on the hit Fox show Empire, came out as gay on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

However 31-year-old actor stressed that 'there's never been a closet that [he has] been in' in a backstage interview with Ellen DeGeneres.

February 6, 2015

Surprised victims are alternately scared and starstruck

Ellen DeGeneres may be 57 years old but she's still having as much fun as most kids.

So who better than another kid - 21 year old Justin Bieber - to team up with for her latest prank?

Bieber guested on Ellen's daytime talk show this week but before they began taping before the studio audience, they camped out in one of the studio's bathroom stalls.

At first, the two just stood inside and embraced which was enough to send surprised audience members into a scream or a stream of swear words.

January 28, 2015

LGBTI activist will also co-produce the show

ABC is making a pilot a new sitcom based on the life of It Get's Better founder Dan Savage.

The as yet untitled show will be 'a single-camera semi-autobiographical entry based on the LGBT activist/boundary-pushing columnist's life,' according to The Hollywood Reporter.

'It centers on a picture-perfect family that is turned upside down when the youngest son comes out of the closet.

January 22, 2015

Ellen tweets later: 'I can’t stop thinking about this father. I wish all parents could be like this'

In just one week, the YouTube video of gay twins Aaron and Austin Rhodes coming out to their dad has been viewed more than 14 million times.

Their courage got the attention of Ellen DeGeneres who welcomed the twins onto her daytime talk show this week along with their dad who, although caught by surprise, managed to say all the right things.

January 22, 2015

Say happy birthday to the world's most famous gay host with 57 of her best moments

Ellen DeGeneres is going to be 57 on Monday (26 January), so what better time to count down the reasons why we love her?

Amiable and approachable, this Louisiana-born comic and host has managed to change the world for the better. By remaining that fun aunt to the American and international public, she is a force for good when it comes to LGBTI rights.

When DeGeneres came out in 1997, her career could have very easily ended there. And it did, as for a short period of time, she became a national joke.

January 22, 2015

Say happy birthday to the world's most famous gay host with 57 of her best moments

Ellen DeGeneres is going to be 57 on Monday (26 January), so what better time to count down the reasons why we love her?

Amiable and approachable, this Louisiana-born comic and host has managed to change the world for the better. By remaining that fun aunt to the American and international public, she is a force for good when it comes to LGBTI rights.

When DeGeneres came out in 1997, her career could have very easily ended there. And it did, as for a short period of time, she became a national joke.

January 16, 2015

Says it is 'only fair to have the same rights as everybody else, then it’s a wonderful world'

Ellen DeGeneres was appearing before TV critics in Pasadena Friday when news broke that that US Supreme Court was taking on four gay marriage cases this term.

'It’s about time,' DeGeneres said from a stage in Pasadena where she was talking up the NBC sitcom One Big Happy during the TV Critics Association Winter Press Tour.

DeGeneres, who married actress Portia de Rossi in 2008 added: 'The thing that changed the civil rights movement was when white people got involved and started marching. We need everyone on our side.

January 14, 2015

'The only way I’m trying to influence people is to be more kind and compassionate with one another'

'The only way I’m trying to influence people is to be more kind and compassionate with one another,' this is the response Ellen DeGeneres gave to the pastor who accused her of turning kids gay.

The gay TV host was responding to Larry Tomczak who wrote an article for the Christian Post that claimed Hollywood has a 'gay agenda'.

January 12, 2015

Gay talk show host and Queen of All Media play a hilarious game of Heads Up

Gay talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey just spooned while playing Heads Up.

Enlisting the help of actors David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo who were on the show to talk about their new movie Selma, the pair played a round of the chart-topping phone app game to the delight of the audience.

During the game, DeGeneres and Winfrey acted out a number of actions including getting waxed, waltzing and finally spooning while Oyelowo and Ejogo did the guessing.

January 8, 2015

'I get to do exactly what I want to do, I get to be who I am'

Ellen DeGeneres has proven, once again, that she is definitely the people's choice.

She was presented with the Favorite Talk Show prize at the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday (7 January) in Los Angeles - her 14th win since 2005.

January 1, 2015

Matt Bomer, Laverne Cox, Raven-Symonè and Adam Lambert among those sharing messages on social media

Ellen DeGeneres has kicked off the new year by taking to Twitter and making a bold prediction: 'Happy 2015! If 2014 was the year of the selfie, 2015 is gonna be the year of baby goats on Instagram. I’m calling it early.'

DeGeneres, who caused Twitter to crash on Oscar night with her all-star selfie, was among the LGBTI celebrities who posted messages on social media on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Here is a sampling compiled by Gay Star News:

December 25, 2014

Sam Smith: 'I hope you’re already stuffed & drunk'

Ellen DeGeneres is among the gay and lesbian celebrities wishing their followers a Merry Christmas on Thursday (25 December).

But the popular talk show host delivered her greetings with a mini-lecture: 'Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope your day is filled with warmth and love. Now stop reading tweets in the pantry and go be with your family.'

Here are other holiday messages via Twitter:

Matt Bomer: Merry Christmas from my family to yours! Wishing everyone a peaceful and happy holiday with the ones you love. XO

December 2, 2014

Singer previously said being an LGBTI role model would be 'awful'

Sam Smith yesterday said he does want to be a spokesperson for the gay community, a role he previously said would be 'awful.'

'People say, he doesn’t want to be a spokesperson for the gay community. I do, of course I do, but I want to be a spokesperson for everyone,' he said on the Ellen Degeneres Show.

'Ya know straight people, gay people, bisexual. I don’t want it to be limited.'

November 21, 2014

'I think we have a lot in common. We’re both from Louisiana, we’re both hosts...'

Who knew that Robin Roberts and Ellen DeGeneres were so alike?

Today (20 November) the host of the ABC morning show Good Morning America sat across from Ellen on her own program.

The comic listed all the things the two shared.

November 18, 2014

Actor-model-singer also started a non-profit after his brother was killed by an impaired driver

Ellen DeGeneres has found someone to temporarily mow her lawn and trim her bushes.

He's model/actor/singer Derek Yates who submitted an audition video featuring him doing yard wearing only a pair of sexy underwear. It has amassed more than 45,000 views on YouTube so far.

Derek will be announced as the winner of the Ellen's well-publicized search on today's show which was taped on Monday (17 November).

So why does Ellen need a temporary new gardener?

November 14, 2014

Paley Center gala in LA also draws Norman Lear who said TV 'has brought us closer to true equality for all'

With her wife Ellen DeGeneres unable to attend, Portia de Rossi walked the red carpet of The Paley Center for Media 2014 Los Angeles Gala with her mother-in-law, Betty.

De Rossi and DeGeneres, married since 2008, were honorary co-chairs of the evening which celebrated television's impact on LGBT equality.

''It's kind of amazing and it means a lot to me to celebrate how far we've come,' De Rossi told a small group of reporters, including Gay Star News.

November 13, 2014

Singer drives talk show host's audience wild

Nick Jonas has got it and he's going to flaunt it.

The singer, doing a publicity blitz for his new self-titled album, appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week and pulled down his pants for her screaming audience.

DeGeneres set the mood when she began to show the audience photos of a shirtless Jonas from a shoot he did for Flaunt magazine.

When the talk show host remarked that Jonas had put on a lot of muscle weight for his role on the TV series Kingdom and that she wanted to ask him to take his shirt off, Jonas drew the line.