Looks like Ellen DeGeneres has no intentions of quitting her day job.
Her Emmy-winning daytime talk show ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show‘ has been renewed through at least 2014, it was announced Wednesday.
And it seems that ‘Everybody Loves Ellen,’ because more than one entity was trying to poach the talk-show star away from the NBC stations where her syndicated show currently airs. ABC was expected to make a play for ‘Ellen’ to plug the hole that’s coming in 2011 when ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ ends its run. Oprah herself also reportedly tried to steal Ellen away for her OWN network, according to the L.A. Times. DeGeneres decided to stick with Warner Bros. and signed a new deal that will keep her on NBC for three years.
So if the nighttime gig doesn’t work out, at least she’s got people fighting over her….
However, it looks like Ellen will be pulling double duty for a while. Her debut on American Idol this week has gotten mostly positive reviews, while even Simon Cowell looks like he’s enjoying her unique brand of sweetly irreverent humor. And despite complaints that she doesn’t have the music background to judge singers, her comments and insights have been surprisingly on target so far.
As she said herself on the debut: “I’ll tell you what I do know. I do know what it’s like to stand on a stage and try to please an entire roomful of people. That is a hard thing to do.” So day or night, audiences are buying in.
‘Idol’ saw a nice bump in the ratings on her opening night this week.
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The pickup news doesn’t come as any real surprise though, considering her talk show has won 29 Daytime Emmys in its eight-year run and has had strong ratings since Day One.