Kate Middleton and Ellen DeGeneres are cousins
February 11th, 2011
05:21 PM ET

Kate Middleton and Ellen DeGeneres are cousins

Ellen DeGeneres better start practicing her wedding dance. The talk show host has just discovered that she's related to Kate Middleton, reports E! Online, and now she is determined to attend the British bride-to-be's upcoming nuptials.

On Thursday's show, DeGeneres said she received a letter from the New England Genealogical Society, which, she joked, "I thought was from my lady doctor," and it revealed that she and Middleton are 15th cousins.

"Hold onto your crumpets, everybody — this is really exciting," DeGeneres told her audience before reading the letter aloud.

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Jennifer Aniston: No, I'm not adopting
February 2nd, 2011
10:27 AM ET

Jennifer Aniston: No, I'm not adopting

Don't count on Jennifer Aniston signing up for diaper duty anytime soon. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that airs on Thursday, the actress denies a recent rumor that she is adopting.

When DeGeneres asked if dog-lover Aniston was planning to become a mom to any more puppies, the 41-year-old actress replied, "I think you're confusing that with the Mexican child I'm supposedly adopting."

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Kids Halloween costumes by Ellen DeGeneres
October 25th, 2010
07:14 PM ET

Kids Halloween costumes by Ellen DeGeneres

Sarah Palin wigs and Snooki poofs are so last year. But not to worry: Ellen DeGeneres has the perfect, culturally relevant Halloween costume for your little ones.

“Everyone knows that witches and vampires are scary, but here’s something that’s really, really scary,” Ellen says before welcoming Tyler, an 8-year-old dressed as a bed bug, on stage.

Tyler sported bug eyes, which sprouted up from a black headpiece. His head appeared to be tucked into the bed - dust ruffle and all - he wore on his body.

Too scary?

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Gaga, Beyoncé among top 10 most powerful women
October 7th, 2010
12:15 PM ET

Gaga, Beyoncé among top 10 most powerful women

Move over, Michelle Obama! Lady Gaga has joined the first lady in the top 10 of Forbes's list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women.

According to Forbes, the list is "based less on traditional titles and more on creative influence and entrepreneurship. These power women have built distinctive companies and brands and championed weighty causes, sometimes through unconventional means; in other cases they have broken through gender barriers."

The power women candidates were divided into four categories – lifestyle, politics, business and media – and ranked within each group. Then, the groups were ranked against each other.

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Introducing... Mrs. and Mrs. DeGeneres
September 24th, 2010
12:03 PM ET

Introducing... Mrs. and Mrs. DeGeneres

Portia de Rossi has officially taken the last name of her very famous talk-show host wife. "I just got some amazing news," her wife, Ellen DeGeneres, 52, tweeted yesterday. "The court has granted Portia's name change. She's now officially Portia Winfrey."

She was kidding, of course. According to news site TMZ, an LA County Superior Court judge granted 37-year-old de Rossi's name-change petition yesterday so that she will now be known as Portia Lee James DeGeneres.

"Lee" is the Australian actress's middle name (she was born Amanda Lee Rogers), though the addition of "James" remains unclear.

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Ellen, Tyra are top-earning women in prime-time
September 20th, 2010
01:45 PM ET

Ellen, Tyra are top-earning women in prime-time

Her job as a judge on "American Idol" may not have worked out, but it's unlikely that Ellen DeGeneres is singing the blues. That gig helped the comedian land the top spot on Forbes's list of Prime-Time TV's 10 Top-Earning Women.

According to Forbes, DeGeneres raked in an estimated $55 million between June 1, 2009 and June 1, 2010, thanks to her brief stint on "Idol," her ads for American Express, CoverGirl and Vitamin Water, as well as her daytime chat show.

Coming in at No. 2 is Tyra Banks, who banked $25 million within the same time frame. Besides producing and appearing on "The Tyra Banks Show" and "America's Next Top Model," Banks also produced ABC's reality show "True Beauty" and recently signed a deal to release a teen book series called "Modelland."

Former "Grey's Anatomy" star Katherine Heigl comes in third with a cool $15.5 million, owing many of her megabucks to her success on the big screen. Because of hits like "Knocked Up" and "27 Dresses," Heigl, who co-stars with Josh Duhamel in the upcoming dramedy "Life As We Know It," now commands $12 million per picture.

Rounding out the rest of the list of gals who are in the green: Eva Longoria Parker ($12 million); Marg Helgenberger ($10 million); Mariska Hargitay ($9.5 million); Tina Fey ($7.5 million); Ellen Pompeo and Marcia Cross (tie; $7 million); and Jennifer Love Hewitt and Calista Flockhart ($6.5 million).

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