The Bottom Line
- Affable, ‘neighborly’ host
- Audience participation
- Gets celebrities to do silly things
- Recurring jokes/gags
- Host is sometimes a little too chummy with guests
- Opening dance segment can drag on and on…..and on
- Airs in syndication on many stations, usually in the afternoon
- Debuted on September 8, 2003
- Nominated for 11 Daytime Emmys in its first year, won 4
- Overflow audience sent to “Riff Raff Room,” first coined by guest Tom Hanks
- Often has “real people” as guests
- Latest segment includes introducing audience member to celebrities
Guide Review - Overview: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
It is hard to put a finger on why so many relate to Ellen. Her offbeat demeanor and dancing feet attract many, but perhaps it is the sometimes downright silly humor and skits that make the show so much fun to watch.
Maybe it's also that she comes across as a "real person." Ellen's humor is often self-effacing, which makes her seem more like one of us. She relates hilariously awkward stories of her first meetings with certain celebrities she admires and other embarrassing situations that draw you in and simply make you want to watch more.
The truth is, Ellen makes you feel good and good about yourself, and that is the charm of her daytime talk show. Sure, it holds to all the traditions - opening monologue, banter with her deejay, and celebrity guests. But it is the hominess and the "aw-shucks" quality Ellen brings to the stage that draws her audience in and keeps them tuned to her.
You can't go wrong with Ellen.