The talk show host discovered through a genealogical society that she is a distant cousin of the future princess and still has her fingers crossed for a last-minute invitation to her wedding to Prince William.
In an interview with Terri Seymour for ‘Extra’, she said: “We’re 15th cousins, yeah, it’s not like we’re 20th or something … we’re 15th.
“It’s not too late, Terri. I’m not counting anything out. That’s not how I got to where I am, by being a glass-half-empty kind of person. I mean, there could be a phone call.
“I have a beautiful outfit picked out, and a hat.”
Although she may not be invited to the nuptials, Ellen is hopeful she can use her family connections to secure an interview with Kate.
She said: “There will be a time when Oprah’s not gonna be around next year. Who will be around to help her when she needs something? Me.”
Ellen – who is married to actress Portia de Rossi is not the only American celebrity desperate to attend Kate and William’s nuptials at London’s Westminster Abbey.
Reese Witherspoon – who recently wed Hollywood agent Jim Toth – admitted she would have given anything to get an invite.
She said: “I can’t even contain my enthusiasm for the royal wedding! I’m kind of bummed I’m not invited to the royal wedding. My girlfriend asked me if I was invited. Well, no, but I invited them to my wedding!”
Celebrities fortunate enough to be invited include David Beckham and his wife Victoria, Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish, Guy Ritchie and Joss Stone.
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres announces the newest artist on her record label eleveneleven, 12 year-old singer, Savannah Robinson on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday, March 30th. Savannah made her first appearance on the show on February 18th and performed “And I am Telling You I’m Not Going.” Ellen was so impressed by the performance she has signed her to record label eleveneleven. Ellen then showed the video to Savannah’s idol, Jennifer Hudson who was also blown away. Jennifer joins Savannah for her performance today of “And I am Telling You I’m Not Going.” Jennifer also announces she is going on tour and invites Savannah to sing with her.
Ellen announces Savannah Robinson as her newest artist on her record label eleveneleven
“This is so exciting… about a month ago I saw this incredible 12 year old singer. She was on YouTube her name is Savannah Robinson and I just thought oh my god, she is so talented. So I wanted to have her on the show. I had her on the show she was even more amazing then I thought she would be so I signed her to my record label eleveneleven. Get this, Jennifer Hudson was here I showed her the video…she is signing “And I am Telling You.” Jennifer Hudson sees it and she is blown away so today she (Jennifer Hudson) is singing with Savannah together on the stage. Jennifer Hudson and Savannah singing together. I saw this girl a month ago and here she is today singing with her idol (Jennifer Hudson)…12 years old. It’s just amazing. When I was 12 years old I was in first grade.
Ellen launched her record label, eleveneleven, in May 2010 when she signed her first artist YouTube sensation, Greyson Chance. Greyson released his first single “Waiting Outside the Lines” this fall and he just wrapped up his first tour with Miranda Cosgrove. Greyson is currently in the studio with Nick Jonas working on his wildly anticipated first album. This summer Greyson will tour with Cody Simpson for the “Waiting 4U Tour.”
The ‘Baby’hitmaker – who shocked fans when he changed his signature hairstyle recently – gave chat show host Ellen DeGeneres a lock of his hair when he appeared on her show and she promptly put it up for auction on eBay receiving bids of $10,000 within one hour.
The auction closed today (02.03.11) with the successful bidder paying a whopping $40,668 for the tresses plus a chance to meet the teen sensation next time he appears on Ellen’s chatshow. Ellen has donated the fee to charity The Gentle Barn Foundation,
Meanwhile it has been revealed that Justin celebrated his 17th birthday on Monday (01.03.11) in a $6,000-a-night suite at the St. Regis Monarch Beach hotel in Dana Point, California with girlfriend Selena Gomez.
A source said: “For the most part, Justin and Selena wanted to be left alone. They didn’t have bodyguards or parents with them, but there was an emergency contact list at the front desk with numbers for a bodyguard and some of their people’s info if they needed it in any way.”
The Presidential Suite where they stayed comes with a butler on call, two bedrooms, a dining room to seat 10, a private balcony overlooking the ocean and a hot tub.
Despite their lavish surroundings, the couple – who went public with their romance at the Oscars on Sunday night (27.02.11) – were seen enjoying a romantic dinner at the nearby Stonehill Tavern
Late night talk show host Chelsea Handler beat out comedian Ellen DeGeneres as the funniest woman on the Web, according to a list released Tuesday. The list by PeekYou, a search engine that ranks individuals’ online prominence, found that Handler was picked as the top 10 women who cracks the best jokes on television and on Twitter and Facebook. DeGeneres came in second place, while other funny ladies like Kathy Griffin, Maria Bamford and Jackie Kashian followed behind. The top list also made room for Handlers’ friends and frequent panelists on E!’s “Chelsea Lately” show, including Jen Kirkman, Lonnie Love, Natasha Leggero, Heather McDonald and Sarah Colonna. With the success of her 2010 hit book, “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang” and comedy tour, which grossed more than $16 million, Handler is planning to embark on yet another stand-up comedy tour, reports Entertainment Weekly. The comedienne, who is reportedly dating rapper 50 Cent, will launch the “Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me” tour, which shares a title with her upcoming book, in Boston on May 10. Fellow comedians McDonald, Brad Wollack and Josh Wolf will join the star on multiple dates. Handler will perform shows in cities including Chicago, Phoenix and Los Angeles as well as New York, Houston and Minneapolis before wrapping up on June 25 in Seattle.
Kim Richards, one of the ladies of Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” may not be returning for season two.
During a taping on Tuesday of the “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Kyle Richards revealed that her sister might not come back, our source reports.
When Ellen DeGeneres asked why Kim was missing from the group, Kyle replied, “I think she doesn’t really like to be around this crowd that much.”
The “Real Housewives” star may have been referring to the show’s season finale blow up when all the women confronted Kim during fellow cast Taylor Armstrong’s birthday party.
It then got tensed in the episode when the sisters got into a bitter exchange of words inside a limousine.
“You are a liar, and sick, and alcoholic. You are an alcoholic. That’s right. I said it and everybody knows,” Kyle told her sister.
At the end of the episode, viewers got an update: “Kim’s family checked her into rehab . . . A week later, she checked herself out. She is taking her life one day at a time.”
A source close to the family told us that Kim is not willing to accept the help from loved ones.
“Her family and friends have tried to help her and she’s not willing to accept the help, leaving everyone in her family in peril because of her stubbornness.”
The source also revealed that Kim did not appear on “Ellen” and will not be returning to the reality show, because “she’s embarrassed that her drinking problem was revealed on national television.”
When DeGeneres asked Kyle if Kim was returning for season two of the show, Kyle said, “I don’t know yet.”
President Barack Obama Says “It Gets Better” In New Anti-Bullying Video. President Barack Obama submitted a video for the “It Gets Better” project, which has featured gay and gay-friendly celebrities speaking out to youths about the current bullying and gay suicide epidemic. President Obama wants to fight against discrimination, against LGBT Americans or anyone. “Like all of you, I was shocked and saddened by the deaths of several young people who were bullied and taunted for being gay, and who ultimately took their own lives,” President Barack Obama said in the video. “As a parent of two daughters, it breaks my heart. It’s something that just shouldn’t happen in this country.” “We’ve got to dispel the myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage—that it’s some inevitable part of growing up. It’s not,” President Obama continued. “We have an obligation to ensure that our schools are safe for all of our kids.” Since the “It Gets Better” project launched, from “Savage Love” columnist Dan Savage, the award-winning project has received videos from celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Tim Gunn, and Kathy Griffin. In their videos, they all encouraged young LGBT adults and anyone currently affected by bulling to stay strong. President Obama’s video was posted both by Savage on his blog as well as on the White House website. “I don’t know what it’s like to be picked on for being gay,” President Obama said.” But I do know what it’s like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don’t belong. It’s tough.” “But what I want to say is this. You are not alone,” he continued.” You didn’t do anything wrong. You didn’t do anything to deserve being bullied. And there is a whole world waiting for you, filled with possibilities. There are people out there who love you and care about you just the way you are.” But Savage also challenges President Obama to not just say it gets better, but to make things better. The video comes amidst the administration’s appealing of recent “don’t ask, don’t tell” efforts and the Defense of Marriage Act. “The president of the United States has the power to do more than assure LGBT kids that it will get better,” Savage said on CNN Friday. “The president of the United States and his administration have the power to make it better.”
2010 Forbes Most Powerful Women In The World list. Lady Gaga and Beyonce Knowles have been named in the top ten of the 2010 Forbes Most Powerful Women In The World list. The pop stars ‘ who collaborated on the single ‘Telephone’ ‘ came seventh and ninth respectively joining a host of political leaders including US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the poll. American First Lady Michelle Obama ‘ the wife of US President Bracak Obama – took the number one spot. According to Forbes, this year’s index was based more on creative influence and entrepreneurship leading to the inclusion of Beyonce and Gaga. Moira Forbes, vice-president and publisher of ForbesWoman, insists the people featured in the top 100 had affected billions of people. She said: ‘The women on our list, through their respective realms of power and influence, are shaping many of the agenda setting conversations of our day. They have built companies and brands, sometimes by non-traditional means, and they have broken through gender barriers in areas of commerce, politics, sports and media and cultural zeitgeist, and thereby affecting the lives of millions, sometimes billions of people.’
Other entertainers on the list include talk show hosts Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres, who came third and tenth respectively.
2010 Forbes Most Powerful Women In The World top 10:
1. Michelle Obama, US First Lady
2. Irene Rosenfeld, chief executive Kraft Foods
3. Oprah Winfrey, media mogul
4. Angela Merkel, German Chancellor
5. Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State
6. Indra Nooyi, chief executive, Pepsi
7. Lady Gaga, singer
8. Gail Kelly, chief executive, Westpac
9. Beyonce Knowles, singer and fashion designer
10. Ellen DeGeneres, talk show host
Portia De Rossi Officially Takes Wife Ellen DeGeneres’ Name. Ellen DeGeneres’s wife has a new name. Portia de Rossi has officially taken the last name of the daytime talk show host. She is now legally known as Portia Lee James DeGeneres. Portia, 37, filed a petition to legally change her name last month. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge granted the request Thursday. She said in a statement, “I am thrilled to legally adopt my wife’s name. I will continue to use Portia de Rossi for professional purposes.” This is the second time Portia has legally changed her name. The “Arrested Development” actress was born Amanda Lee Rogers in Australia, but changed her name to Portia de Rossi when she was 15 to reinvent herself. She married Ellen in August 2008 at their Beverly Hills home.Ellen joked on Twitter about her wife’s name: “The court granted Portia’s name change. She’s now Portia Lee James DeGeneres.
“American Idol” Officially Announces New Judge Line-Up. It’s official! Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are joining longtime judge Randy Jackson in the judges’ panel for the 10th season of “American Idol.” We all knew it for weeks now, but Fox has just made the rumors official. Host Ryan Seacrest has announced the new line-up at a press conference in Los Angeles Wednesday. Lopez and Tyler will replace former judges Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, and Kara DioGuardi. Lopez said in a statement, “For nine years I’ve enjoyed watching artists compete to get a meaningful chance to achieve their dreams. I know from my own experience how hard it is to succeed, and I’m looking forward to discovering and nurturing that spirit in the many American Idol contestants I look forward to meeting this year.” For Tyler, his judging stint on “Idol” is aimed to make wannabes grow stronger. He said, “I’ve been on tour for most of my life in a band with four guys who judge me everyday. Sometimes it hurt, but it only made me stronger. I want to give everybody a little love before I decide who goes home heartbroken. If you don’t like what I say, don’t get mad, get better.” “I’m ready to bring some rock to this ‘roller’ coaster and show these kids if they have the dream, the talent and the drive, they will be the next ‘American Idol.’” The tenth season of “American Idol” is slated to debut in January.
Tom Andrews (we introduced Tom back in May) has been signed to US TV star Ellen DeGeneres’ record label at Warner Bros. Tom Andrews from Exmouth – who attends Exeter Academy of Music and Sound – received a call from the US presenter after she saw a video of him online. Tom – who describes himself as a soul singer “with an edge” – is the second signing to DeGeneres’ eleveneleven label. The first was 12-year-old YouTube sensation Greyson Chance, whose album is due out this year. And now Tom has been signed by Ellen’s label, no doubt many more wonderful experiences lie ahead. Tom is due to perform live and chat about his signing on John Govier’s Saturday Show on BBC Radio Devon on Saturday 25 September 2010 between 0900 and midday.
Jennifer Lopez has reportedly agreed a $12 million deal to be a judge on ‘American Idol’. The singer-and-actress has been in negotiations with show bosses about joining the panel following the departures of Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi. It has been claimed by Deadline.com that Lopez was asking for $15 million to star on the series plus a guaranteed motion picture deal and a number of TV pilots from the companies which produce ‘American Idol’ – Fox, Fremantle, and 19 Entertainment. However, her demands for a film and TV programmes were refused. An insider said: ‘She was angling for an overall deal at Fox, including a put picture, to keep her movie career going. But Fox said no.” Lopez’s manager Benny Medina arranged a meeting between the ‘Jenny From the Block’ singer and producers in June and she accepted the judging role in July. She was also allegedly approached by Cowell to be a judge on the US version of his programme ‘The X Factor’ which will air in autumn 2011 before committing to ‘American Idol’. A source revealed: ‘ think it was just positioning. In the end, she didn’t turn up her nose up at $12 million.’ The 41-year-old star ‘ who was dropped by her record label Sony Music Epic Records last year ‘ has also allegedly asked ‘American Idol’ bosses to delay announcing the new judging line-up until later this month to coincide with the release of her new single, her first release on Island Def Jam. Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler is also believed to be joining Lopez on the panel.
Kara DioGuardi Announces Official Exit From “American Idol”. Kara DioGuardi is now the third judge from last season that is out. She announced her decision to leave the hit reality music series on Friday. “I felt like I won the lottery when I joined ‘American Idol’ two years ago, but I feel like now is the best time to leave ‘Idol,’” said DioGuardi in a joint statement with FOX. “I am very proud to have been associated with ‘American Idol’ – it has truly been an amazing experience. I am grateful to FOX, FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment, as well as the cast, crew and contestants, for all they have given to me. I look forward to my next challenge, and want to thank everyone who has supported me. All the best to everyone on Season 10!” The Fox show has already seen the departure of frontrunner Simon Cowell and comedian Ellen DeGeneres, who stayed with the show for only one year before quitting. DeGeneres replaced former judge Paula Abdul after contract negotiations reportedly went awry in 2009. Randy Jackson is now the only original judge left on the series. Replacements for Cowell and DeGeneres have not yet been named, but rumors of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have been running rampant for weeks. Fans will have to stay tuned for future announcements, but the show will return to Fox in January of 2011.