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Will Ellen DeGeneres finally inherit the title of talk-show queen? Studio executives have decided to keep DeGeneres' immensely popular daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, on NBC stations until 2014, according to The New York Times.
NBC's original deal with DeGeneres, 52, whose American Idol debut boosted the Fox show's ratings this week (USA Today says Tuesday's episode drew nearly 28 million viewers, 3 million more than last year's Hollywood Week), only had the comedian under contract until the end of next year. Warner Bros. executive Ken Werner described DeGeneres in a statement as "one of those unique personalities that comes along once in a generation."
The DeGeneres generation may soon take over Oprah Winfrey's long-standing reign as the No. 1 syndicated talk show. Winfrey, 56, is slated to end The Oprah Winfrey Show in September 2011. DeGeneres currently tails Winfrey in the ratings among women 25-54. While there has been speculation that DeGeneres' talk show would move onto the ABC stations vacated by Winfrey, DeGeneres said in a statement regarding the renewal, "I'm so excited to sign with NBC for three more years. They were the ones that believed in my show from day one."
DeGeneres' show is currently in its seventh season and has danced away with 29 Daytime Emmys.
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