Ellen DeGeneres is coming to UK – and not, perhaps, to where you might expect.
The hugely popular US talk show has joined the ITV family, with the show set to premiere on British screens on ITV2.
The show started way back in 2003 and became the highest-rated freshman syndicated show of the 2003-2004 season. Exec-Produced by Ellen, along with Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner and Kevin A. Leman II, the show has become a hit, picking up 55 Daytime Emmys including nine for Outstanding Daytime Talk Show, not to mention 14.13 million subscribers on YouTube.
That ability to make content for multiple platforms, including video for sharing on social networks, has become an expected part of the US talk show format, with late night programmes such as James Corden’s The Late Late Show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon competing for YouTube views.
DeGeneres will bring some of that celebrity clout to ITV in the UK, with new episodes (up to date with the US broadcasts) starting on the channel from Monday 18th January. The series, which features a combination of comedy, celebrity and music guests alongside topical human-interest stories, will air every weekday at 1.45pm.
“After what feels like decades of campaigning I’m so excited that my show is on ITV2. I can literally feel my crumpets tingling down in my cockles,” joked DeGeneres in a statement.
The show will also be available to stream post-broadcast on ITV’s catch-up service ITV Hub.