If this “American Idol” thing doesn’t work out for Ellen DeGeneres, she has a pretty good fall-back plan.
DeGeneres’ daytime talk show will stick around through the 2013-14 season as a result of a deal struck between Warner Bros., which distributes it, and the NBC-owned stations that carry it in the country’s biggest markets. There had been some speculation that “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” would jump to ABC stations to fill the void left when Oprah Winfrey departs broadcast TV in 2011, but the show is staying put.
“I’m so excited to sign on for three more years at NBC,” DeGeneres says. “They were the ones that believed in my show from day one. So I’m thrilled to know I’ll be here ’til at least 2014. Things will be a lot different by then. I won’t be dancing over my coffee table anymore. Through the magic of 3-D, I’ll be dancing over YOURS!”
The renewal adds three years to the show’s life beyond the current deal, which was set to expire next year. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is tied for second among all syndicated talk shows (behind “Oprah”) in the key demographic of women 25-54, and its ratings this season are up across the board over last year.
DeGeneres made her debut as an “Idol” judge this week to mostly good reviews and solid ratings.
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