In case you missed it…Ellen DeGeneres was too sick to show up for work for the taping of Friday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so she called in an Ellie to substitute.
Ellie Kemper, as seen on The Office and Bridesmaids, and soon to star in a new NBC comedy this fall thanks to Tina Fey, guest-hosted Ellen’s daytime talker on Friday. It’s the first time DeGeneres needed a guest host in 11 years. Even Kemper wasn’t sure it was real until she was out onstage delivering the monologue. Nope. No prank. No practical joke.
And if anyone in Ellen’s studio audience felt deprived, they didn’t feel that way by the end of the monologue, when they were given Ellen’s biggest gift of all.
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