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Monday, May 26, 2003
Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres is calling it quits on the touring circuit, but she isn't taking the summer off. “Extra” reveals why she's busy polishing her jokes and schmoozing the stars.

She's been a stand up superstar and a sitcom sensation. Now, Ellen DeGeneres is bringing her dry wit back to TV with a new talk show.

On a break from prepping her upcoming HBO special, we caught up with the comedienne at the television industry's NATPE convention in New Orleans, where the funny lady bowled over the TV bigwigs and filled “Extra” in on the format of her new talk show.

Ellen says there’s no decision yet on a sidekick or the set. She jokes, “Its not going to be a desk. We'll be in swings.” But Ellen does think Eminem might make a good bandleader. She chides, “He could just rap, cause he's very talented like that. I mean that. Don't slam me or write a bad song about me. I’m actually genuinely asking.”

With or without Eminem, Ellen’s new talk show will be the show everyone's talking about this fall.

Want to win a trip to see her "Live for HBO” show? Log on to ellendegeneres.com.


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