Warner Bros. announced that “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” had been renewed through the 2016-2017 television season.
The daytime talk show, now in its 10th season, continues to see ratings climb. (Michael Rozman / AP)
Ellen DeGeneres was honored with the Mark Twain Prize, the top award in comedy, in Washington.
“Washington, D.C., is so different from where I grew up,” tweeted the New Orleans native ahead of being honored. “When you take your top off, no one throws beads.”
Lily Tomlin, a past Mark Twain Prize recipient, praised DeGeneres on stage, as did Sean Hayes of “Will and Grace” and Jane Lynch of “Glee” who both credited the trailblazing comedian for making their shows possible. (Chris Pizzello / AP)
One Million Moms called for a boycott on JCPenney after DeGeneres became the retailer’s spokesperson.
One Million Moms put out a statement saying, “The majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there.”
JCPenney stood by DeGeneres, as did Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, who called the campaign a “witch hunt.”
One Million Moms later dropped the campaign. (Gus Ruelas / AP)
DeGeneres scored the fourth judge’s seat “American Idol” as a replacement for singer Paula Abdul. But DeGeneres left after only one season.
While some fans enjoyed her quips, others critized DeGeneres’ lack of experience in the music business.
DeGeneres said she “didn’t feel like the right fit” for the show because it was “hard to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings.”
Above, “Idol” judges, Simon Cowell, left, DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson. (Michael Becker / AP)
DeGeneres first started dating actress Portia de Rossi in 2004. The couple wed in 2008 during the four-month window gay marriage was legal in California.
DeGeneres continues to advocate for marriage equality.
DeGeneres made history by becoming the second woman ever to host the Academy Awards solo. (Whoopi Goldberg was the first.)
And critics approved: DeGeneres earned an Emmy nom for her Oscar efforts. (ABC)
For such a creative comedian, DeGeneres is pretty uncreative when it comes to naming her shows.
After starring on “Ellen” and “The Ellen Show,” she launched a talk show called “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
It raked in 15 Daytime Emmys in its first three seasons. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
After 9/11, DeGeneres was set to host the Emmys, but it was canceled twice.
When the Emmys finally aired, DeGeneres touched on the attacks, saying, “What would bother the Taliban more than seeing a gay woman in a suit surrounded by Jews?”
In 2005, the awards show looked to Ellen for disaster relief again after Hurricane Katrina and chose the Louisiana native to host. (Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press)
After her first sitcom was canceled, DeGeneres launched a new series called “The Ellen Show.”
Despite critical praise, it only lasted one season. (Bob D’Amico / ABC)
After publicly disclosing her homosexuality in Time, DeGeneres’ character on her show followed suit, coming out in a historic episode that featured Oprah Winfrey. (Michael Ansell / Touchstone)
In the ‘90s, DeGeneres starred alongside Joely Fisher and Jeremy Piven on “These Friends of Mine.” The ABC sitcom was later renamed “Ellen.” (Carin Baer / ABC)
DeGeneres started doing stand-up comedy in coffeehouses. With a style reminiscent of Bob Newhart’s, DeGeneres spent the ‘80s touring and even appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson. (Doug Kanter / AFP)
Ellen spent one semester in college studying communications, then left to do paralegal work in a law firm. She later worked as a house painter and as an oyster shucker. (PR Newswire)