Ellen DeGeneres announced on Tuesday that she has signed on to host three more years of the Ellen DeGeneres show. And of course, she took the opportunity to do this in the most Ellen-way possible.
To her live audience, Ellen began: “OK, so I have been doing this show for 16 years.”
As of May 13, 2019, she’d racked up an impressive 3,000 episodes, something she also noted to her audience.
“I don’t remember them, but I’m told it was enjoyable,” she deadpanned.
The fascinating bit she noted was that the show’s beginnings also predated most social media. It’s true, too. YouTube didn’t come about until 2005; and Instagram didn’t hit the scene until way later in 2010.
“We were young, we were bored out of our minds, and from the beginning, I said that this show was going to be like a relationship,” Ellen told the audience.
Any frequent viewer will likely agree that she certainly accomplished her goal of making her show feel inclusive, too.
“We’ve been through the good, the bad, the 50 Shades of Grey phase, and it’s been a lot of fun,” she added.
With seemingly-sad news looming, Ellen continued, “Sometimes in a relationship you need to take a break – but I don’t, you’re stuck with me, because I just signed for three more years.”
The audience, of course erupted in applause.
Ellen began hosting her talk and variety show about five years after her sitcom Ellen was canceled by Disney. The company was reportedly uncomfortable with the show’s content once lead character Ellen Morgan (played by DeGeneres) had come out as gay.
“I had gone through a tough time,” Ellen said during Tuesday’s taping. “I had lost my career for a little while. This show was my second chance.”
As of 2019, The Ellen DeGeneres Show has won 61 Daytime Emmy Awards, which include four for Outstanding Talk Show and another seven for Outstanding Talk Show Entertainment. She’s even broken records once held The Oprah Winfrey Show.
(Prior to Winfrey’s decision to discontinue submitting her show for consideration, it had received a total of 47 Daytime Emmys, nine of which were in the Outstanding Talk Show category)
Ellen’s show’s YouTube channel is also one of the world’s 25 most subscribed.