About the Show
"THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW"
Host Ellen DeGeneres continues to deliver uplifting, inspiring, and hilarious experiences to viewers. Ellen's talent, personal warmth and insight have earned her recognition as a global entertainer and household name. Through her show, she brings her humor and talent for tackling topical issues into viewers' lives with her distinctive style touching every aspect of the show.
The show continues to bring even more star power this season with top guests including Justin Bieber, the cast of "Jersey Shore," Usher and many more. Ellen will tackle even more discussions of the day, allowing viewers to connect with the world through Ellen's wide perspective on a number of important issues.
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" has become the daytime destination for laughter and fun. Bringing a refreshing perspective to daytime television, Ellen's engaging personality and unique take on everyday life invite a relaxed and candid environment and allow her guests to engage in entertaining and thoughtful discussions on topical issues. The environment also often leads to having moments of unpredictable fun, illuminating celebrities "in the moment," and saying and doing things viewers won't experience anywhere else. When members of Hollywood's A-list and Ellen get together, anything can happen -- from dancing with First Lady Michelle Obama to Christmas caroling with Britney Spears,l to catching George Clooney after setting numerous "Clooney traps."
The show features a diverse mix of celebrity interviews, musical performers, audience participation and segments spotlighting everyday people with extraordinary stories and talents. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" continues to be a destination for the world's biggest stars. In addition to Clooney, guests have included Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Justin Timberlake, Penelope Cruz, Halle Berry and Drew Barrymore, to name a few.
In addition to celebrity interviews, the show includes chart-topping musical performers and breaking new acts. The show has featured an eclectic catalogue of performances ranging from music legends Cher, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Prince and Sir Elton John, to pop superstars Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Pink and Mariah Carey, to smooth R&B and hip-hop artists Kanye West, The Black Eyes Peas and Mary J. Blige, to top country musicians Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts. Ellen has also drawn from her own cutting-edge musical tastes to offer national exposure to hot emerging talents including British sensation Duffy and R&B soul singer Estelle.
In May 2010, Ellen announced that she was going to start a record label that she named eleveneleven. Ellen and Telepictures are partners in this new venture, which will find new acts and provide a platform on the talk show. The first release will be 12-year-old internet singing sensation Greyson Chance.
During its freshman season, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" ranked at the top of critics' lists, with People, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, USA Today, and TV Guide all citing the daytime talker as one of the best programs of 2003. Ellen continues to be featured in such publications as USA Today, Time, TV Guide, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, and US Weekly, and it has been the cover subject in W, People, Parade, Life, Allure, Redbook, Ladies' Home Journal and Los Angeles Magazine.
The syndicated daytime talker has been embraced by viewers, critics and the entire entertainment community. The show won a GENESIS Award in the Talk Show Category and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) named Ellen DeGeneres its Woman of the Year. The show has also won the Johnny Carson Producers of the Year Award in Variety Television in 2005 and 2006 from the Producers Guild of America. DeGeneres recently won two Teen Choice Awards for Choice Comedian and Choice Twit, and won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Talk Show, a new mobile voting category, making this her eleventh People's Choice Award.
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" has been acclaimed for spotlighting the host's compassion and humanitarian efforts. The show has raised over $10 million to improve the lives of New Orleans residents and partnered with Brad Pitt's "Make it Right" foundation to help rebuild in New Orleans' lower Ninth Ward. The show has also dedicated a special episode to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and DeGeneres has served as spokesperson for General Mills' breast cancer awareness initiative, "Pink for the Cure." The show's annual Toys for Tots drive has raised significant funds and awareness for the cause over the past six seasons. Ellen has also hosted the very successful "American Idol" special "Idol Gives Back," which raised money for children in extreme poverty in America and Africa.
With more than two decades of experience as a stand-up comedian, actress, Emmy Award winner and host of major award shows, including the Grammys, the Primetime Emmys, and the highly-rated 79th Annual Academy Awards, DeGeneres was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for her Oscar hosting duties. DeGeneres has the proven comedic skills to connect with viewers with her relatable approach to daily life. In 2003, she added to her success with her starring role as Dory in the smash hit animated film "Finding Nemo," and the publication of her second best-selling book, The Funny Thing Is…
DeGeneres was included in the Forbes Top Five Most Influential Women in Media and was voted Best Daytime Tal, Show Host by Parade.com readers. In addition, DeGeneres has been voted favorite TV personality on The Harris Poll's annual favorite television star list, beating out Oprah Winfrey and Jay Leno. DeGeneres was included in MSNBC's "Power players who shape your TV habits." She was also honored as the Television Week syndication personality of the year, voted number one in Oxygen's "50 Funniest Women Alive" special (in the company of such comedic legends as Carol Burnett and Lily Tomlin), and included in Time magazine's 100 most influential people.
Originating from Los Angeles, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" airs in national syndication, including on the NBC Owned and Operated Television Stations Group.
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" is produced by A Very Good Production and WAD Productions, Inc., in association with Telepictures Productions, an industry-leading and Emmy Award-winning producer of syndicated programming, and it is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.
Actor, producer, DJ and America's favorite sidekick on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," Tony Okungbowa has turned likeability into an art form. He was raised in London and Lagos by Nigerian parents in a house where the music reigned supreme. Tony received an undergraduate degree in Drama from England's Middlesex University and after some theatre work in the UK, moved to New York City for graduate study at Lee Strasberg. It was in Manhattan where his career took off, landing roles on shows like "The X-Files," "NYPD Blue" and many others. Next, he was off to Los Angeles where his work as an actor and DJ kicked into high gear. Soon he was spinning at celebrity photo shoots for the top names in Hollywood. It was on one of these photo shoots where he met Ellen DeGeneres, and the rest is history! He's now the man who makes Ellen dance every day, and has been a fixture on the hit show for its incredible 9-season run.
In addition to his daily role on the show, Tony is in constant demand to play at high profile events around the world including the Grammys, the ESPYs and corporate events for Motorola among others. His love of music can also be found in albums he has released and collaborated on, including "Hollywood Sessions Vol. 1", "Total Dance 2009" and the soon to be released "A Night to Remember."
Most recently, Tony has set his sights behind the camera as well. He starred in and produced the film "Ma George," set to be released in 2013. He also starred in and executive produced "Restless City," which was an official selection at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and comes to the big screen later this year. Under his Turntable Studios banner Tony continues to expand his horizons as an entertainer and as a visionary. He's broken ground, charmed the world, and the best is yet to come.
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