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December 11, 2014

Interview will follow OWN's airing of documentary on the first openly gay man to be drafted by an NFL team

Oprah Winfrey gets Michael Sam after all.

After the college football star was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, Winfrey's cable channel OWN had announced plans for a documentary series following the first season of the NFL's first openly gay player.

Nothing worked out as planned and that series has been instead made into a 90-minute film to be aired on Winfrey's OWN on 27 December.

The series was quickly scrapped after pushback from the league and the team who were already concerned about 'distractions' regarding Sam.

September 25, 2014

Newlywed announces on Facebook: 'We have had the most special year and its JUST become even more beautiful'

Four months after their wedding, home design guru and TV personality Nate Berkus and his new husband Jeremiah Brent announced Wednesday (24 September) that they are going to become parents.

'We have had the most special year and its JUST become even more beautiful. We are happy to announce that we are expecting our first child!' the couple stated on Berkus's Facebook page.

May 5, 2014

US home design guru and Jeremiah Brent become first same-sex couple to be married at landmark location

With Oprah Winfrey among the celebrity guests, home decorating guru and TV host Nate Berkus married his fiance of one year, Jeremiah Brent, over the weekend.

And the couple made a little bit of history while doing so by becoming the first same-sex couple to be married at the New York Public Library.

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.

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 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.

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.

April 10, 2013

Celebrated with fiance Jeremiah Brent in Peru atop Machu Picchu

Nate Berkus, who lost his partner in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, has found love again and is getting married.

Berkus confirmed today that he is marrying Jeremiah Brent, his boyfriend of more than a year.

Berkus, 41, proposed to Brent on Monday (8 April). The couple then celebrated atop the famed Machu Picchu in Peru where they are vacationing with friends.

February 28, 2013

Ellen DeGeneres says she was broke and had no job offers for three years after she came out in 1997

Ellen DeGeneres showed her serious side to Australian talk show host Tracy Grimshaw in an interview broadcast on Monday night.

The usually light-hearted TV presenter and actress talked frankly about the dip in her career after she came out publicly in 1997.

Soon after she came out on The Oprah Winfrey Show, DeGeneres' sit com Ellen was cancelled.

October 29, 2012

Tweaked format this fall did not help ratings

Anderson Cooper's foray into daytime television is shaping up to be more like the short run of Nate Berkus than the extended stay of Ellen DeGeneres.

The openly gay CNN newsman's show, Anderson Live, is still early in its second season but it was announced on Monday (29 October) that it will not be returning for a third year.

December 9, 2011

Gay U.S. talk show host Nate Berkus has daytime program canceled after two years

Nate Berkus made American television history last year when he became the first openly gay man to host a nationally syndicated talk show.

But that daytime program, The Nate Berkus Show, has just been canceled and will not have a third season.