When The Ellen DeGeneres Show
debuted in 2003, Ellen
was seen as little more than a sit-com actress trying to do what Rosie O’Donnell
did best a few years before: revive the daytime entertainment talk show format. Then Ellen defied the odds and showed how funny, personable and inviting she could be. The rest, they say, is history. Today Ellen is an American Idol
judge, an Emmy winner, more popular than Oprah, according to some surveys, and she’s seemingly as happy as she could ever be.