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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.

March 4, 2014

Awards telecast scores its highest ratings in 14 years while her live post-Oscar  show nabs highest ratings ever for daytime gabfest

The Ellen DeGeneres-hosted Academy Awards telecast - complete with Twitter-busting selfies and pizza - scored the highest ratings for any Oscar show since 2000.

Sunday's Oscars attracted 47.3 million viewers - up 8% from last year's telecast hosted by Seth Macfarlane.

But Ellen-fever did not stop there.

March 4, 2014

Guests and host are blissfully bleary-eyed during live broadcast

Three of the four acting Oscar winners reunited with host Ellen DeGeneres Monday (3 March) for a live post-Oscars broadcast of her daytime talk show.

Best supporting actor winner Jared Leto and DeGeneres dished about the all-star selfie that has now been retweeted more than 3 million times.

Leto dashed from his seat to be a part of it and managed to get his eyeballs in the group shot.

March 4, 2014

'I think she thought it would be funny ... I think it went a bit astray on her'

Liza Minnelli doesn't think Ellen DeGeneres' joke on Oscar night about her being a drag queen was so funny.

Minnelli, for decades a popular character for drag performers, was sitting in the audience of the Dolby Theatre with siblings Lorna and Joey Luft when DeGeneres joked that it was actually a drag queen and not Liza.

'Good job, sir!' DeGeneres joked as Minnelli looked confused and her sister Lorna roared with laughter.

Turns out Minnelli, the 1973 Oscar winner for Cabaret, wasn't so thrilled with the execution of the joke.

March 3, 2014

Photo also includes Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Jared Leto, among others

Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres crashed Twitter during the Academy Awards telecast on Sunday (2 March) with an all-star selfie for the ages.

While the Oscars were still underway, the photo had been retweeted more than 1.2 million times.

For the selfie, DeGeneres was quickly surrounded by two of the night's winners Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto as well as nominees Bradley Cooper, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lawrence and Meryl Streep along with Brad Pitt.

The photo was actually taken by Cooper after DeGeneres handed her camera phone to him.

March 3, 2014

Liza Minnelli, Channing Tatum and Jared Leto among those who show host snaps pics with

Ellen DeGeneres snapped more than just the now-classic all-star selfie she had taken during the Oscars telecast (see below).

The host posted to her Twitter account during the show photos she took with Liza Minnelli, Channing Tatum and Jared Leto.

March 3, 2014

Also delivers classic line suggesting Liza Minnelli in audience was really female impersonator

Ellen DeGeneres may have a reputation for being one of the nicest women in showbiz but she wasn't afraid to poke fun at some folks during her gig as Oscar host on Sunday (2 March).

DeGeneres got new material just before the show when she learned that nominee Jennifer Lawrence had fallen on the red carpet after getting out of her limousine.

The 2013 best actress winner had famously tripped while going up the stairs to the stage to accept her statue last year.

February 28, 2014

Openly gay GMA host has relaxed and candid interview with openly gay Oscar host

Two of television's most successful lesbian personalities got together for a relaxed chat a few days before one of them hosts the Academy Awards for the second time.

Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, who came out publicly last December, got Ellen DeGeneres to open up in an interview that aired Thursday (27 February) on the ABC show.

February 21, 2014

Oscar host dispells tabloid break-up rumors in heartfelt interview

Ellen DeGeneres knows all about those tabloid rumors that she and wife Portia de Rossi are breaking up.

Even fellow celebrities are wondering.

Gayle King ran into a friend of the couple at an Oprah Winfrey party and said she heard break-up rumors while Nigel Lythgoe went so far as to text DeGeneres and say: 'I hope the rumors aren't true.'

They are not, DeGeneres says in a deeply-personal cover story in People Magazine this week.

February 21, 2014

Elisha Cuthbert, star of Happy Endings, will be playing the lead role in DeGeneres' new sitcom One Big Happy

Happy Endings star Elisha Cuthbert was announced as the lead actress for Ellen DeGeneres’ new lesbian sitcom today (21 February).

The gay TV host and actress, who came out with her on-screen sitcom character in 1997, will be the executive producer for the comedy One Big Happy.

The show will center on a pair of platonic friends, a gay woman Lizzy and a straight guy Luke, who live together and decide to raise a child together via artificial insemination.

Just as Lizzy gets pregnant, Luke impulsively marries his girlfriend Prudence.

February 14, 2014

Jokes that The Tissue Box, The Tree and The Ear is 'getting a lot of buzz'

Ellen DeGeneres has got Oscars on the brain.

The popular daytime talk show host, who will host the Academy Awards next month, posted a short film online today.

'Sometimes it's a blessing and a curse being so talented,' says Ellen, tongue clearly planted firmly in cheek.

Then she claims she was inspired by the Academy's short film categories.

'I decided I was going to take a crack at it,' she says. 'I put a lot of work into it ... it's getting a lot of buzz already.'

But not good buzz, she admits, as critics deem it 'confusing and bizarre.'

February 11, 2014

Oscar host more popular than ever after more than 10 years in the air

Ellen DeGeneres finds herself more popular than ever 17 years after publicly coming out as a lesbian.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a syndicated daytime talk show the funny lady has hosted since 2003, was watched by more viewers last week than at any time in its history.

The show average nearly 4.6 million viewers for the week of 3 February - its highest number to date.

According to The Wrap, the ratings were up an impressive 6% from a week earlier.

January 31, 2014

'What do you give to someone on their birthday who kind of has everything?'

Ellen DeGeneres got a sweet birthday present from Zac Efron when he guested on her daytime talk show in a segment that aired Thursday (30 January).

Coming up with something to give DeGeneres, who turned 56 on 26 January, was a bit of a challenge, Efron said.

'I kind of thought what do you give to someone on their birthday who kind of has everything like you do?' he told DeGeneres.

So, he came up with a song. Efron pulled out a guitar and performed his little song.

January 30, 2014

One Big Happy will try to make network's schedule and succeed where Sean Saves the World and The New Normal did not

It was back in 1997 that the character Ellen DeGeneres played on her self-titled ABC sitcom came out as a lesbian.

DeGeneres, now one of television's top talk show hosts, is returning to her sitcom roots but behind the scenes this time.

DeGeneres is one of the executive producers of One Big Happy, a comedy pilot ordered by NBC this week.

The comedy is about a lesbian and her straight male best friend who decide to have a baby together. But things get a bit complicated when during this process, one of them meets the love of their life.

January 9, 2014

Glee star Chris Colfer also represents gays with a win for Favorite TV Comedy Actor

The people have spoken and they love Ellen DeGeneres - they really love her.

The stand-up comic who became a sitcom star then one of the most successful talk show hosts of all time won a record 14th People's Choice Award in Los Angeles on Wednesday (8 January) night.

'As a young girl growing up in New Orleans, if anyone would have told me I was going to win 14 People's Choice Awards, I ... I mean 12, yes. Thirteen? Maybe. But 14?' DeGeneres joked as she accepted her award.

December 26, 2013

Her 12 Days of Giveaways helps attract average of more than 4 million viewers a day during historic week

The Ellen DeGeneres Show has soared to its highest ratings since first going on the air in 2003.

The daytime talk show attracted an average of 4.4 million viewers for the week beginning 9 December and reached an all-time high of 4.7 million viewers that first day, according to The Wrap.

Guests during the record-breaking week included Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hanks and Lea Michele.

October 29, 2013

Gay talk show host will executive the show about a lesbian who gets pregnant with her straight male best friend

Ellen DeGeneres is developing a new lesbian comedy to air on NBC.

The currently untitled muti-camera sitcom will be written by Liz Feldman, creator of 2 Broke Girls, and produced by the gay TV chat show host.

The show will follow the story of a lesbian and her straight male best friend who get pregnant together just as he meets the woman he thinks could be ‘the one’.

This is far from the first time DeGeneres and Feldman have worked together.

October 11, 2013

Shows like Modern Family, Glee and Pretty Little Liars contribute to strong representation

With its array of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters, the musical-comedy series Glee helps to make the FOX network the most LGBT inclusive broadcast US television network.

The media advocacy organization GLAAD released its 7th annual Network Responsibility Index (NRI) and the 18th annual Where We Are on TV Report on Friday (11 October) and gave some networks high grades while others struggled.

September 20, 2013

Says Ellen: 'You can just see that it is just pure love'

Spencer Stout wanted the flash mob proposal he arranged for Dustin Reese at a Home Depot to be filmed as a keepsake for their family and friends.

But the proposal went viral last week and with more than 9 million views, it got them invited onto The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday (19 September).

'I was crying,' DeGeneres told the couple after seeing the video. 'You can just see that it is just pure love.'

September 10, 2013

Con: 'It's going to take 45 minutes to dance through all those aisles'

Ellen DeGeneres has returned to hosting her popular daytime talk show and today (10 September) talked to her audience about being chosen as the next host of the Academy Awards.

DeGeneres, who had been on a summer hiatus, said that after being asked to host again - she was also Oscar host in 2007 - she made up a pros and cons list.

Among the pros is getting 'invited to all the cool Oscar after-parties.' But the con is 'I like to be tucked in by 7:30.'

Another pro: 'Lots of fancy designers will want to approach me and want me to wear a big expensive gown of theirs.