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Ellen DeGeneres Is Considering Leaving Her Daytime Talk Show

Ellen DeGeneres is today’s biggest daytime talk show host. She has taken on the mantle after Oprah ended her show to focus on her tv channel and more, but Ellen says she’s getting tired too.

In order to promote her upcoming comedy special “Relatable,” her first in 15 years, Ellen DeGeneres has gone through a series of interviews. In one interview with the New York Times, Ellen hints on how tired she’s getting of being a human symbol for dancing, comedy, and glee.

DeGeneres shared that she has extended her contract for the show until the summer of 2020, but she was close to declining. It seems the celebrity host and comedian is on the fence about leaving her show.

On top of that, all of the closest people around Ellen keep giving her different advice. Ellen’s wife Portia de Rossi suggests that Ellen takes her exit, but her brother, comedian Vance DeGeneres, wishes she’d stay.

“She gets mad when my brother tells me I can’t stop,” DeGeneres said while talking beside her wife.

“I just think she’s such a brilliant actress and standup that it doesn’t have to be this talk show for her creativity,” de Rossi said. “There are other things she could tackle.”

“I don’t see the end of her show as her career ending,” de Rossi added.

DeGeneres shares that she would love to do another movie and play “someone appealing,” and de Rossi suggests looking into doing radio or a podcast.

But it’s not just the creative side that’s bothering DeGeneres but also the emotional side as well. Frankly, Ellen is getting tired of always having to dance and be bubbly.

“Being trapped in the world of being asked to dance and expected to be nice, it’s real,” said Tig Notaro, comic and co-director of “Relatable,” in a phone interview. “I’m sure there’s people who think she’s kidding. Or can’t have a bad day. But she does. It’s an interesting pickle she’s in.”

“There’s been times someone wants a picture, and while I’m doing a selfie, they’re like: ‘You’re not dancing!,’” DeGeneres remarked. “Of course I’m not dancing. I’m walking down the street.”

It seems Ellen DeGeneres is feeling out the last few years of her time on Daytime television. The famed comedian and actress is ready to break from the mold of talk show host and move on to other ventures. And with 16 seasons under her belt, can we really blame her?

h/t: New York Times

Watch Ellen Pompeo Break Into Tears Talking About a Young Actor Who Used 'Grey's Anatomy' to Come Out to His Parents

Ellen Pompeo used a recent visit to the Ellen show to announce that Grey’s Anatomy will be returning for a 16th season. She says she is moved by how much the show means to people around the world even a decade and a half after its premiere.

"Everywhere I go — whether it's Italy, whether it's France, London, Kansas — the people come up to me with tears in their eyes and tell me how meaningful the show is to them,” she said.

While on the couch with Ellen DeGeneres, Pompeo also got emotional when discussing a gay actor who used

"A teenager was in the show and he was gay, and he played a gay character," she said. "After we’d filmed the whole entire episode, he said to me, '‘My whole life, I’ve watched this show with my parents, and I sort of used the show as a way to tell my parents that I was gay — and to show my parents that it's OK, that I'm not different, there's nothing wrong with me. 'Grey's' really helped my parents to understand what having a gay son meant, and that it wasn't necessarily a bad thing.'"

Pompeo began to sob as she shared the next part, quoting the actor:

"'And for my parents to now see me as an actor getting a part on this show, has just been everything."'

Watch the emotional talk below.

 

 

Watch: Ellen DeGeneres Talks About Childhood Sexual Abuse, Says She's "Angry" at Trump and More

Ellen DeGeneres is furious that people aren’t believing survivors of sexual abuse, and on Friday she emotionally opened up about her own past abuse, sitting down with Today’s Savannah Guthrie.

While discussing Christine Blasey Ford's allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, DeGeneres said that she herself was raped at 15, and had the following to say:

"I was 15 years old. I’m not even going to go into the details. It doesn't matter. You know, we are really vulnerable at that age and we trust and then when you are violated, you don't know what to do and you don't want to say anything because, first of all, you just are wondering how did this happen, how was I this stupid? I mean, all these things that you think you could have controlled and you can’t. I think anybody who has gone through it, right now, is watching this so angry because you know, 'How dare you not believe us?’”

“As a victim of sexual abuse,” she said, “I am furious at people who don't believe it and who say, 'How do you not remember exactly what day it was?,'" 

"You don't remember those things. What you remember is what happened to you and where you were and how you feel."

DeGeneres almost never talks politics on her soft daytime show. Clearly, the current climate is enough to stir her-- a bit.

"I don’t like to talk about [Trump],” she told Guthrie. “This is not political. It really isn’t – it’s got nothing to do with being Republican or Democrat or anything. It’s just about respect and someone who is the leader of our country, who is mocking someone who was abused.”

“You don’t do that. You don’t mock somebody. I’m angry.”

She also lamented Kavanaugh’s dreadful, hot-headed and childish behavior during his testimony: "Imagine if Dr. Ford would've been that angry on the stand and would've talked back to somebody questioning her.”

“Women aren't supposed to do that, but he can get away with it because he was angry. She was angry too but she controlled herself and was hurt, but she’s not allowed to do that because we’re are not allowed to do that.”

DeGeneres ended the heavy interview on a strong and positive note, saying she is "hopeful," and that survivors "just have to not be quiet anymore." Watch DeGeneres' powerful words below.

Ellen is now in its 16th season on NBC.

h/t: CNN

Cher On Possible Duet Partners: "Adele, Pink, And...Not Madonna"

During a recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote her new album, Dancing Queen, Cher took part in a game of “5 Second Rule” and the always-unfiltered music icon did not hold back.

Asked to name three celebrities she would want to do a duet with, Cher responded, “Adele, Pink, and… uh, um, not Madonna.”

Bam!

Ellen took the Oscar winner to task for not answering the question properly: “Well, alright Miss Negative! He said who you’d want to, not who you wouldn’t want to!”

In true Cher fashion,  she replied with a smile, “Well, I took a little license.”

 

 

Actually, Cher has had a problem with Madonna going back decades.

In a 1991 interview, Cher praised Madge for her creativity but critiqued the Queen of Pop’s manners and limited abilities.

 “I think she’s unbelievably creative, because she’s not unbelievably talented, she’s not beautiful and she’s kind of rude!,” said Cher. “She’s creative but she’s rude.”

She would later admit to CBS that her dim view of Madonna actually came from an incident at Cher’s house when Madonna apparently wasn’t on her best behavior.

“There’s something about her that I don’t like. She’s mean, and I don’t like that.

“I had her over to my house once, and she was so rude to everybody. It seems to me that she’s got so much that she doesn’t have to act the way that she acts, like a spoiled brat all the time.

“It seems to me that when you’ve reached the kind of acclaim that she’s reached, and can do whatever you want to do, you should be a little more magnanimous and be a little less of a c**t.”

But in a 2013 Q&A for Reddit, Cher gave Madonna credit for keeping her finger on the pulse of pop culture, writing, “I never hated her, I just thought she was a bitch. Actually I quite respect her. Actually I think Madge might be one of the most amazing artists I’ve known. I don’t like everything she does, for sure, but she is always riding the crest of the wave. She always saw trends WAY before anyone else, and had great videos."

Madonna hasn't responded to Cher's latest critique, so staying tuned for that.

In any case, this whole Cher/Madonna feud thing apparently took the hosts of ET Canada by surprise. Watch below.

 

 

At the end of the day, we love both of the trailblazing icons.

And truth be told, they wouldn’t be the celebs we adore if they didn’t have their opinions, would we?

Cher’s new ABBA covers album, Dancing Queen, drops on Friday, September 28.

(h/t Billboard)

Michael Musto Pens an Open Letter To Ellen's Ex Anne Heche

Famed journalist Michael Musto has penned a heartfelt open letter to Anne Heche for the website NewNowNext, where he talked about his treatment of her both during and after her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres.

The letter started with his discussion about when Anne and Ellen were together, and how he put a lot of information about their whereabouts in the press (some of which was to their delights).

He then goes on to talk about what happened after they broke up, where she went through an incredibly rough time in the press and was judged harshly by the LGBT community (Michael included) because she went back to dating men The word he used to describe her for that move (at the time) was a "phony." 

A lot of the letter had to do with the fact that Anne herself is bisexual and how a good portion of the LGBT community forgot that during a time where the B in this situation was not widely discussed. 

"When you went back to dating men, we should have accepted it as a natural extension of bisexuality, rather than pile on you for abandoning us, as if you’d somehow used the LGBT community to advance yourself—something it wasn’t easy to do back when the industry didn’t exactly favor out LGBTs," he said.

He concludes the letter thanking her for helping to expand the advances of the LGBT community due to her celebrity visibility. It's really sweet and you can tell he is writing from the heart about it all.

Read the entire letter here.

For Mother's Day HRC Announces Star-Studded "Moms For Equality" Campaign

Even with progress being made every day, the fact is LGBTQ youth face disproportionately high rates of bullying, anxiety and depression.

But when it comes to kids, few are as ferocious a defender as a mom.

So just in time for Mother’s Day, the Human Rights Campaign has announced a new “Moms for Equality” campaign featuring mothers of famous LGBTQs urging their fellow parents and allies to join the fight for equality. 

Kelly Rippon, Sally Field, Betty DeGeneres, Jodie Patterson and more share tributes and truth in the new campaign, chronicling their journeys to becoming fierce advocates of LGBTQ people. 

“Everyone, LGBTQ or otherwise, should get to live as freely as Adam does –– and, as one of HRC’s Moms for Equality, I’m committed to making that happen,” says Kelly Rippon, mother of out Olympic bronze medalist (and "America's sweetheart") Adam Rippon.

“This whole campaign has become such a family affair. All of us are in this fight for LGBTQ equality for Adam, of course, but also for all those young people like him who haven’t had an easy time openly being themselves," added Rippon. "They need allies to support them, now more than ever!”

“At 20, Sam came out proudly as a gay man: to us and to a world where some still hate you just for being different. Ten years later and that hate seems to have only gotten stronger,” says Oscar winner Sally Field writes in a touching tribute for the “Moms for Equality” campaign. “But with you, we can help stop hate in its tracks.”

“It’s on us to change the world for these kids and make it a better place. Just like my Ellen did 21 years ago and continues to do to this day,” says Betty DeGeneres, mother of Ellen DeGeneres. “I’m a proud Mom for Equality and a longtime member of HRC.”

Jodie Patterson, recently named one of “The 20 Most Influential Moms of 2018” by Family Circle magazine, shares, “As a mom, I’ve always wanted to fix things. But, as I soon realized, there wasn’t anything about Penelope that needed fixing. He, like every transgender child, was simply announcing to me and to the world how he truly saw himself.

“He was boldly claiming his identity,” said Patterson. “I joined the fight for transgender equality that very day and I’m here, seven years later, to keep that fight going as one of HRC’s Moms for Equality!”

Limited edition “Fight Like A Mother” t-shirts are available to those who join the campaign through Mother’s Day.

Nick Robinson Says A Close Relative Came Out To Him Thanks To "Love, Simon"

Previously, we’ve discussed whether straight actors like Nick Robinson should play gay roles like his character in Love, Simon. But, at least we can be sure that Robinson is thankful for the role.

That’s not only because of the major spotlight its giving him, but also because it ended up bettering his personal life and those around him.

While on the Ellen DeGeneres show, Robinson revealed that while he was filming Love, Simon, someone close to him came out of the closet.

And who was that? Robinson’s brother.

“He came out around the same time we started filming, yeah. I think that he had been dealing with this for a long time and the timing was coincidental, but one of the best things that came out of this movie was being able to talk to him,” Nick said.

“I think that’s the strength of a film like this is that it starts conversations, and I hope it can do that for more people and start a conversation that might not have been there.”

On top of that, Robinson shared his initial hesitation at playing a gay role when he personally is straight. The actor says that after much debate over the issue, he decided to go through with it because of the importance of the film.

“It was a conversation with Greg [Berlanti], our director, we went back and forth and we talked about it,” he said,

“But I really think that with a project like this, especially today, there’s been so much progress in the last 20 years, a lot of which is thanks to you and everything that you’ve done. If you hadn’t come out when you did we might not have this movie now.”

You can watch more the interview down below.

h/t: GayTimes