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Ellen DeGeneres and NBC Are Working on a New Lesbian Comedy

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Yesssssss. Ellen DeGeneres made waves with Ellen back in the day when she came out on air – a bit of a revolutionary act, at the time – and while she’s been amazing on her talk show over the past decade, she’s now developing a new lesbian comedy with NBC. Finally!

From Deadline:

Sixteen years after Ellen DeGeneres came out on her ABC sitcom, there may be another broadcast comedy with a lesbian lead. NBC has put in development a multi-camera comedy executive produced by DeGeneres. The untitled project, written/exec produced by openly gay comedy scribe Liz Feldman (2 Broke Girls), centers on a lesbian and her straight male best friend who get pregnant just as he meets and marries the love of his life. Warner Bros TV and DeGeneres’ studio-based A Very Good Production are producing, with AVGP’s Jeff Kleeman also exec producing. Feldman previously worked for two years on DeGeneres’ hit syndicated talk show and wrote for DeGeneres’ first stint as Oscar host. (She returns to Oscar duties on March 2).

I mean, it doesn’t sound like the most wonderfully groundbreaking series in the world, but any visibility for the community is a good thing. Some people of colour would be nice, as well. Plus, Ellen is awesome, so I’m on board with anything she’s working on.

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Bethenny Frankel And Ellen DeGeneres Aren’t On Good Terms

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Bethenny Frankel‘s talk show is going about as well as Kris Jenner‘s. Each had their own big name guest that they got by pulling strings. Kris got Kanye, by begging Kim and/or threatening her life, and Bethenny got Justin Bieber by using Ellen DeGeneres. But then things started to go downhill. Here’s apparently what’s going on with Bethenny and Ellen, via The Stir:

Apparently, Bethenny’s new daytime show is doing, in a word, dismally. Ratings are so bad that Ellen DeGeneres, the talk show queen who gave Bethenny her show, has asked to have her name as removed from the show’s credits because she’s “embarrassed.” [...]

During Bethenny’s trial run, Ellen was able to pull some strings and, by the grace of God, get Justin Bieber on the show. But since her show has been picked up, Ellen and her booking agent, who reportedly promised to hook Bethenny up, haven’t been able to get a single big-name celeb on the show. The supposed reason? No one wants to make an appearance on a show hosted by a former Housewife. Ellen’s people evidently have tried to get Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Miley Cyrus on the show, but all refused to make an appearance based on that very reason.

I love Bethenny’s “Skinnygirl” alcohols but other than that, she does nothing for me. She’s just kind of there, hovering with her gigantic sleepy smile.

Whose show would you rather watch: Kris’ or Bethenny’s?

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Jodie Foster’s Dating Ellen DeGeneres’ Ex-Girlfriend, I Guess

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Does the name Alexandra Hedison ring any bells? No? Me neither – but her face does look sorta familiar. Apparently, she’s a photographer who once dated Ellen but they broke up when Ellen met Portia (TRUE LOVE!!) and now Alexandra’s all loved up with Jodie Foster and has been for quite a while. Oh, snap!

From E! Online:

“It’s pretty serious,” a source says of Foster and Hedison. “They’re totally in love.”

Internet chatter about the two began in the summer when the two were photographed together at a technology seminar at Fox Studios in Los Angeles and out to dinner with friends a few days later. Both were at the opening of Alan Cumming‘s Macbeth in NYC back in April, but they weren’t photographed together.

Aw, isn’t that nice? I actually thought Jodie had a long term partner, but maybe she did and they broke up and I forgot. Who knows (who cares)? In any case, glad to see people finding love and being happy, right?

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Bye Seth MacFarlane, Hello Ellen DeGeneres

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Good news, everyone. Seth MacFarlane will not be coming back to host the Oscars after all. Instead, we’re going to get Ellen DeGeneres. This will be Ellen’s second time hosting. She first hosted in 2007.

I thought she was a great host. My favorite part was when she went into the audience with a camera and asked Steven Spielberg to take a photo of her with Clint Eastwood. Then after he showed her the pic he took, she made a small critique and asked him to take it again.

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I mean come on, that’s gold, Jerry, gold!

In an official statement about her upcoming gig, Ellen joked,

I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say — the third time’s the charm. (Daily News.)

Do you think Ellen is a good choice? Will you watch?

Portia De Rossi Really, Really Doesn’t Want Kids

Portia De Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres have been adorable together for a while now, and as women getting to a certain age, it’s natural that society would ask that stupid question that all women are asked in their lives: “Don’t you want kids?” Well, for Portia, the answer is simple: no, she really, really doesn’t – and that’s just fine!

From OUT magazine:

“There comes some pressure in your mid-30s, and you think, Am I going to have kids so I don’t miss out on something that other people really seem to love? Or is it that I really genuinely want to do this with my whole heart? I didn’t feel that my response was ‘yes’ to the latter. You have to really want to have kids, and neither of us did. So it’s just going to be me and Ellen and no babies — but we’re the best of friends and married life is blissful, it really is. I’ve never been happier than I am right now.”

That’s awesome! Kids are a particular road to travel, that’s for sure – and the experience can be an amazing one because raising a human is difficult and complex and unlike anything else you’ll ever do in life, no doubt. But I like that more and more women aren’t afraid to say that they have no interest in becoming parents and realise that it doesn’t make them any less loving, their lives less meaningful or any of that. If you want kids, go for it! Have a million (except don’t, because overpopulation and all). If you don’t, that’s okay, too. It’s all about personal choices here, folks.

Maybe Portia and Ellen just want to take their eight million pets and move to a farm in Australia to live out the rest of their days in loving, lesbian bliss. I’m behind that.

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi Might Take Their Ultimate Love Tour to Australia For Good

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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are so cute together, I could scream. They’re so in love! They’re so precious! And now they might move to Australia. Thanks a lot, land down under!

The pair (along with Ellen’s mother, Betty) have been over in Australia filming segments for The Ellen Show and visiting De Rossi’s old hometown, school, etc. and the comedian has taken to the place so much that she wouldn’t mind living there one day, apparently.

From News Limited:

Earlier DeGeneres said she could imagine making Melbourne her home.

“I shouldn’t put it out there, but I can see us living here one day,”she said.

“Not for a while as I’ve got shows to do, but I can see it happening.

“This is the most incredible trip, I will never forget it.”

FINE, just go then. See if we care! Just go and be cute in Australia where there are giant spiders and giant snakes and giant things that can kill you and it’s always hot. Suit yourself!

More photos from Ellen and Portia’s trip below…

Ellen DeGeneres States the Obvious: Marriage Equality Needs to Happen, Like, Now

Gay marriage needs to be legal. That’s not a question, but rather a statement. While I’m hopeful that it will happen within my lifetime not only nationally but worldwide, there’s still some hurdles to get over, and it only helps the cause when celebrities – gay and straight alike – speak out in support of legislation which grants equal rights to all couples, regardless of gender. Ellen DeGeneres, who has been married to partner Portia de Rossi for four years, did just that on her official website this week, addressing the Supreme Court in a heartfelt and hilarious letter that’s worth giving a read:

California’s Proposition 8 is headed to the Supreme Court. Hundreds of companies and families as well as Republicans are submitting briefs urging the 9 judges to allow gay people to marry. I thought that was ridiculous. Why would judges want all of that underwear? Then, after a quick talk with some people, I found out what a brief was.

I’ve never filed a brief to the Supreme Court, so I thought I would post mine here. I’m sure someone will tweet it to them.

Portia and I have been married for 4 years and they have been the happiest of my life. And in those 4 years, I don’t think we hurt anyone else’s marriage. I asked all of my neighbors and they say they’re fine.

But even though Portia and I got married in the short period of time when it was legal in California, there are 1,138 federal rights for married couples that we don’t have, including some that protect married people from losing their homes, or their savings or custody of their children.

The truth is, Portia and I aren’t as different from you as you might think. We’re just trying to find happiness in the bodies and minds we were given, like everyone else.

Coming out was one of the hardest things I ever did. I didn’t intend to be on the cover of Time magazine saying, “Yep, I’m gay.” The truth is, I don’t even remember saying that. I mean, I definitely said the “I’m gay” part. It’s the “yep” I don’t remember. I’m not really a “yep” person. “Yes siree Bob” maybe. But not “yep.”

In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “We’re here, we’re queer, get over it.” And there’s another famous quote that says “A society is judged by how it treats its weakest members.” I couldn’t agree with that more. No one’s really sure who said it first, so if anyone asks, tell them I said it.

I hope the Supreme Court will do the right thing, and let everyone enjoy the same rights. It’s going to help keep families together. It’s going to make kids feel better about who they are. And it is time.

*I was just told Benjamin Franklin did not say that first quote. I apologize and see that I have a lot to learn about stuff.

Ugh, I love Ellen and I love her love for Portia (and Portia’s love for her) and there’s just too much love here, OKAY? In all seriousness, it’s absolutely ridiculous that giving all people equal rights is still a conversation we’re having rather than something that’s guaranteed to everyone. I can’t tell you not to own 56 shotguns, but you can tell me who I can and cannot spend my life with? F-ck off. Let’s get this shit changed, stat.