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Ellen and Dubya: Is She the New Mr. Rogers?

Not even celebrities can agree on a response to DeGeneres-Bush controversy

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres' explanation of her controversial friendship with George W. Bush is garnering both praise and criticism. Even among the celebrity set there's disagreement over whether she's to be praised or roasted for her declaration that, "When I say 'be kind to one another,' I... More »

Ellen Sat Next to Dubya at a Football Game. Then, Backlash

After criticism, DeGeneres explained it's OK to be friends with people who have different beliefs

(Newser) - Celebrity, politics, and sports merged into one headline Monday after a flap over an NFL game that Ellen DeGeneres went to this weekend. The 61-year-old talk show host and her wife, Portia de Rossi, went to the Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers game on Sunday as the guest of Charlotte Jones,... More »

Ellen DeGeneres Details Sexual Abuse at Hands of Stepfather

She tells story to David Letterman on Season 2 of his talk show

(Newser) - Speaking with David Letterman on an upcoming episode of his talk show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, fellow talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres got emotional when discussing the sexual assault she endured as a teen. After her mother, Betty, got remarried to "a very bad man," Betty was... More »

David Letterman: I Should Have Left Late Show '10 Years Ago'

'Nobody had the guts to fire me,' he says

(Newser) - If it seems like David Letterman hosted a talk show for a long, long time, he agrees. "I stayed on television way too long," he told Ellen DeGeneres on her show Thursday, USA Today reports. His Late Show ran from 1993 to 2015. "Nobody had the guts... More »

Ellen Responds to Backlash Over Support for Kevin Hart

As Don Lemon of CNN joins the chorus of critics

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres made big celebrity headlines Friday when she pushed for Kevin Hart to host the Oscars after all. And after a furious backlash, she doesn't appear to be changing her mind, reports E! Online . "However you feel about this, the only positive way through it is to... More »

A New Twist in the Oscars Hosting Drama?

Ellen DeGeneres told Kevin Hart the Academy wants him

(Newser) - He got a gig "nobody was trying to score," and then he just as swiftly lost it . Now, nearly a month after Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars after past homophobic tweets surfaced, the 39-year-old comedian may be reconsidering his decision. Variety reports Hart revealed this... More »

Ex-First Lady Passes Torch to Another as 'Most Admired Woman'

Michelle Obama takes crown from Hillary Clinton, winner since 2002; Barack Obama is men's victor

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton has been named the most admired woman in Gallup's annual survey more than any other since Gallup started asking in 1946: 22 times, to be exact, including for each year since 2002. This year, however, another former first lady has finally knocked Clinton off the hill. Michelle... More »

Judge Judy Has a New Reason to Smile

She's the highest-paid TV host for first time

(Newser) - It took 23 years, but Judith Sheindlin is officially the highest-paid host on TV, knocking Ellen DeGeneres into second place. The Judge Judy host sold the rights to past and future episodes to CBS for an estimated $100 million last year. Combined with salaries for hosting the show and producing... More »

Naomi Osaka: As Crowd Booed, Serena Said This

US Open winner appears on the 'Ellen Show'

(Newser) - During and after Naomi Osaka's high-profile US Open win over Serena Williams on Saturday, the 20-year-old didn't always know what was going on. She told the Ellen Show on Wednesday that as Williams argued with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, she resisted the urge to stray from her training,... More »

Macaulay Culkin Will Not Make the Home Alone Face

Actor, now 37, tells Ellen DeGeneres he's a wee bit tired of the requests

(Newser) - Home Alone may be a holiday favorite in lots of US homes, but you won't find it on Macaulay Culkin's TV. The actor tells Ellen DeGeneres on Monday's show that he generally avoids watching the 1990 flick, which he calls "background radiation at Christmastime," reports... More »

Kimmel Gets a Big Surprise on Ellen

Children's Hospital names room after his son

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel has talked a lot about his infant son , Billy, on his late-night talk show—and on Tuesday, fellow talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres had a big surprise for Kimmel when he came on her show. Billy was born with congenital heart disease and has had multiple surgeries over his... More »

Here's What Melania Gave Michelle

Former first lady received a 'lovely frame' in slightly awkward moment last year

(Newser) - When the Trumps met the Obamas outside the White House on Inauguration Day in 2017, a brief moment caused a bit of a stir online. Melania Trump presented Michelle Obama with a gift in a Tiffany's box, and something seemed ... a little off. Now, Michelle Obama explains to Ellen... More »

Security Guard Reveals How Vegas Shooter Discovered Him

Jesus Campos says door closed loudly, then came 'rapid fire'

(Newser) - It was the sound of a door closing loudly behind Jesus Campos that likely alerted Stephen Paddock to the security guard’s presence on Mandalay Bay’s 32nd floor minutes before he opened fire on a Las Vegas concert crowd below. Days after canceling a series of media appearances, Campos... More »

10 of Television's Highest-Paid Hosts

Talk shows, reality shows, and more

(Newser) - How much does it pay to be a TV host? Whether it's a reality series, news program, talk show, or game show, Variety runs down the salaries of 19 of the highest-paid hosts on TV. The top 10:
  • Ellen DeGeneres: $50 million, The Ellen DeGeneres Show (syndicated)
  • Judith Sheindlin:
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Depp Willing to Be SNL's Next Trump

'Alec's done all of the work, I can just copy him'

(Newser) - Alec Baldwin has suggested his stint as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live will be short-lived , but don’t fret: Johnny Depp is willing to take over. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that aired Thursday, the actor did a short impression of the president before saying he'd be... More »

Kid Unseats Ellen, Scores 'Nuggs'

Teen Carter Wilkerson earns a year's worth of chicken nuggets from Wendy's

(Newser) - As Carter Wilkerson prepped for final exams and attended his prom, he also kept dreaming of one other thing: chicken nuggets, and the retweets that would lead him to trayloads of them. The New York Times reports that dream came true this week as the 16-year-old junior from Reno, Nev.... More »

Lena Dunham Has Lost Weight. Some People Don't Like It

Dunham talks to Ellen DeGeneres about the 'crazy' backlash

(Newser) - Lena Dunham looks a little different these days, and not everyone is happy about it, E! reports. After the Girls creator showed up at an event for celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson last week clearly having lost weight, she started getting criticism for it, Dunham, who's also been showing off... More »

Ellen Tells Entire Senior Class They're Going to College—Free

With the help of Walmart

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres gave what the show says is her single biggest gift ever on her show Thursday: She told an entire class of high-school seniors they'd be going to college for free. At the beginning of February, DeGeneres had two teachers from Brooklyn's Summit Academy Charter School on... More »

Ellen DeGeneres Makes History at People's Choice Awards

She breaks record with 20 career wins

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres set a record at the People's Choice Awards, becoming the winningest entertainer in the show's history. DeGeneres picked up three trophies at Wednesday's ceremony, including Favorite Daytime TV Host, for a career total of 20 People's Choice wins, the AP reports. "She's... More »

Obama Names 21 Recipients of Medal of Freedom

Michael Jordan, Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, and more

(Newser) - President Obama is honoring actors Robert DeNiro, Cicely Tyson, Tom Hanks, and Robert Redford with the nation's highest civilian honor, the AP reports. They are among 21 people Obama plans to recognize with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House next Tuesday. Honorees from the sports world... More »

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