Ellen DeGeneres Returns with Virtual Talk Show

“Hi everyone, thanks for not being here,” Ellen DeGeneres joked as she opened her first show virtually broadcast during the COVID-19 quarantine.

After halting production on March 13th due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ICM Partners’ returned with her eponymous talk show from a set-up inside of her living room, which she claimed had the best light and sound, and was the only available room in her house, as all the others were filled with toilet paper.

DeGeneres began her virtual talk show with her regularly slotted monologue, a hybrid of gratitude and humor.

“Usually I walk out and people applaud me, but today I’m applauding you — nurses, doctors, hospital staff, first responders, supermarket employees, truck drivers, everyone who keeps us going, thank you so much.” The comedienne also shouted out her wife Portia de Rossi for being her crew, her director, and her camera operator, and her dog Augie for being her key grip.

“I’ve always wanted to have this show as a distraction,” DeGeneres added. “as a break for whatever’s going on out there that may be unpleasant, so if you’re feeling down I want to lift you up, if you’re feeling trapped I want to set you free, if you feel like you’re going in the wrong direction, I want you to back that thing up. It is a strange time, and this is what we have to do right now.”

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