One of the show’s writers heard this news on his way to work, reported it on the lot, and according to Savel, Disney’s legal department “totally closed down” the leak before it could happen. Bruce Handy, who was then a full-time writer for , had been assigned a profile piece on De Generes—a reveal of what he recalled as the “national open secret” about her sexuality.
NBC has given a six-episode order to a primetime game show based on segments from Ellen De Generes’ daytime series.The episode had garnered A-list guest stars, including Laura Dern, who was cast to play Ellen Morgan’s love interest, Susan. Billy Bob Thorton and Demi Moore also appeared in a dream sequence in the episode.Savel said she even fielded calls from other A-Listers including Woody Harrelson who wanted to be included, but there were no more parts to fill. I saw a shift in her gait; I saw a shift in the way she carried herself.”The official “coming out” moment was tinged with De Generes’s famous sense of humor.Mark Driscoll, who was also an executive producer on the fourth season, said that he remembers the excitement on the staff as the season began to inch toward an episode that hoped to break new ground on a hot-button social issue. With so few celebrities out of the closet, those who were open faced discrimination. As Danish-British comedian Sandi Toksvig revealed in 2014 , she was fired from a 1994 charity event because, according to Toksvig, the organizers didn’t want Princess Anne, in attendance, “to meet a lesbian.”On March 14, 1997, “The Puppy Episode” taped at its L. As De Generes explained on an anniversary episode of her talk show, which airs Friday, “The writers told the executives that they wanted me to come out, because my character needed to be in a relationship after four years of not being in a relationship.“Ellen was so loved by audiences; she was so much the girl next door and so sweet. Someone at the studio said, ‘Well, get her a puppy; she’s not coming out.’ ” In the end, Savel noted, studio executives eventually came on board with the episode, and worked to keep it a surprise.“Disney-ABC did not want a stitch of this leaked out.”It had been rumored that Ellen Morgan would come out for nearly a year; by the time it came to actually shoot the episode, Savel remembers seeing the talk on morning news shows and .Days before the episode was filmed, a local radio station announced that it had gotten a copy of the episode’s script and planned to read it out loud on the air.The hourlong “Ellen’s Game of Games” will raid the cupboards of “The Ellen De Generes Show,” drawing from a well of games like “What’s In the Box? ” De Generes will host the Warner Horizon Television series and exec produce via her studio-based A Very Good Production banner.Additional executive producers include Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner from”The Ellen De Generes Show,” as well as Kevin Leman, Jeff Kleeman and David A. Telepictures, which produces De Generes’ syndicated talk show that airs on 82 NBC owned and affiliated stations, will serve in the same capacity alongside Warner Horizon Unscripted Television.“Ellen’s impact as a daytime icon is unprecedented and we can’t wait to see her bring that amazing spirit to ‘Game of Games,’” NBC alternative and reality group president Paul Telegdy said.“She is among the very best at engaging with her devoted audience and we are all in for a treat when her antics hit primetime.” “I’m so excited to be hosting a huge primetime game show for NBC,” De Generes said.