Looks like Ellen DeGeneres won’t be replacing Oprah Winfrey on ABC stations anytime soon.
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution has renewed Telepictures’ “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for three additional seasons on the owned-and-operated stations of the NBC Local Media Division.
“Ellen is one of those unique personalities that comes along once in a generation,” said Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros Domestic TV. “Her program has been embraced by viewers as their generation’s talk franchise, and we couldn’t be happier that the NBC stations will continue to have ‘Ellen’ as the cornerstone of their syndicated lineup for years to come.”
“Ellen” will continue to be broadcast on NBC’s 10 owned-and-operated stations, snuffing speculation that she might switch to ABC stations in wake of Winfrey’s departure. ABC stations could still fill the space with another talk show talent or local newscasts.
“I’m so excited to sign on for three more years at NBC,” DeGeneres said. “They were the ones that believed in my show from Day 1. 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 3D, I’ll be dancing over yours!”
“Ellen” currently ties as the No. 2-rated talk show among women 25-54 behind “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”