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Sometimes all you need to get through the day is a little whimsical comedy from a beloved entertainer. If that sounds like a prescription for your personal everyday woes, then fear not: Ellen DeGeneres and her show – aptly titled The Ellen DeGeneres Show – will be sticking around on NBC for a long time. We’ve known for quite some time that the show wasn’t going anywhere, but now it’s become clear that NBC has no intention of letting DeGeneres go any time in the foreseeable future. In fact, The Ellen DeGeneres Show has secured a new three-year renewal with NBC.
When all is said and done this huge renewal means that the wildly popular daytime series will at the very least continue to air through the 2019-2020 season. Of course, we never really considered the show’s future in any sort of jeopardy; the show had already received a renewal through 2017, so it wasn't going anywhere. Now Variety reports that NBC has decided to double down and extended that renewal event further – which only serves as a reminder that The Ellen DeGeneres Show has pretty much served as the bedrock of the network’s daytime lineup since it first premiered all the way back in 2003.
From the very beginning, Ellen has been one of the go-to sources for daytime, feel good television content. Everyday Ellen DeGeneres tackles stories ranging from viral content (see: the dress) to helping presidential candidate Hillary Clinton learn some modern dance moves in order to appeal to the youth voting block. She has developed an overall reputation for friendly and gregarious discourse with her guests that has made her ideal for this sort of show. This is one of the reasons she ultimately stepped down from American Idol: she hated being mean to the contestants.
Despite the good fortune for Ellen DeGeneres and her show, not every daytime NBC program has been so lucky. NBC's television arm coupled the announcement of Ellen’s renewal with the less fortunate news that the network has axed The Meredith Vieira Show after only two seasons on the air – although in all fairness we called that one a while back.
Outside of the daytime renewal, things really couldn’t be going much better for Ellen DeGeneres. This year she will go from supporting character to center stage in the long awaited sequel to Pixar's Finding Nemo: Finding Dory. In addition to that DeGeneres also enjoys a happy marriage with Arrested Development’s Portia de Rossi.
So if you’re a fan of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, this should be a fairly exciting time. We look forward to watching the comedian’s career become even more successful over the next few years.