Ellen DeGeneres & The Night Johnny Carson Made Her A Star

Believe it or not, Ellen DeGeneres just celebrated her 60th birthday. Sadly, that puts her at the tail end of a generation of comedians who had their lives changed by an American legend: Johnny Carson. For decades, getting a slot on Carson’s Tonight Show was a “make it or break it” moment for young comics. A thumbs-up from him would make you a star; getting invited over to the couch would make you a legend. DeGeneres made it onto that stage on November 28, 1986, and it’s a night she will never, ever forget. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ellen DeGeneres)

In addition to her syndicated daytime show, DeGeneres is hosting Ellen’s Game of Games, airing Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC

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To Ellen DeGeneres, ‘Game Of Games’ Is Everything

NUP_178708_1510.jpgWith Ellen’s Game of Games, Ellen DeGeneres expands her television empire into evenings. The primetime game show features a lot of the games she’s developed on her daytime talk show, but with much bigger prizes up for grabs. Why does DeGeneres think audiences will flock to the show? Because she says it’s got something for everyone! (Click on the media bar below to hear Ellen DeGeneres)

DeGeneres hosts Ellen’s Game of Games, airing Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.

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With ‘Game Of Games,’ Ellen DeGeneres Comes Out To Play

NUP_178708_1580.jpgWhile Ellen DeGeneres may currently be the Queen of Daytime TV, with her talk show still going strong in its 15th season, she hasn’t had a regular presence in prime time since her ill-fated season of American Idol in 2010. But now, she’s back with a new game show on NBC, Ellen’s Game of Games, where contestants play versions of games she’s popularized on her daytime show, but with a chance to win much bigger prizes! With everything she’s already got on her plate, we asked DeGeneres why she didn’t let somebody else host the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ellen DeGeneres )

It probably didn’t hurt that she’s also pretty close with one of the show’s executive producers, Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen’s Game of Games airs Tuesday nights at 8/7c on NBC.

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