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Ellen DeGeneres Named Special Envoy For Global AIDS Awareness

 Ellen DeGeneres has been named Special Envoy for Global AIDS Awareness for the U.S. government by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Zap2it reports. Clinton had this to say about daytime’s funny lady. 

"[Ellen] is going to bring not only her sharp wit and her big heart, but her impressive TV audience and more than 8 million followers on Twitter, to raise awareness and support for this effort. I know we can look forward to many contributions from Ellen and her loyal fans across the globe."

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Bethenny Frankel Taping Talk Show Pilot

Another day, another report of a talk show pilot being taped. According to The Hollywood Reporter, former The Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel is taping a talk show pilot and Ellen DeGeneres is “involved with the project.” Reportedly, Frankel’s pilot is being produced by Warner Bros’ Telepictures, the same company responsible for Ellen, Lopez Tonight and The Tyra Banks Show.  

Frankel and her husband, Jason Hoppy, currently star in Bethenny Ever After on Bravo.

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Is Josh Duhamel Returning To All My Children?!

In the name of Agnes Nixon, let it be true! Josh Duhamel stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres show yesterday to dish about his upcoming flick, Transformers: Dark of the Moon. DeGeneres mentioned All My Children being cancelled and wondered if Duhamel would make a return to the show before the finale. Watch Duhamel's response after the jump! READ MORE

Intruder Alert: Woman Nabbed on Ellen and Portia's Property!

People is reporting the Beverly Hills police arrested an intruder for trespassing on the property of Ellen DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi. On Feb. 10 an unidentified woman was apprehended after DeGeneres and de Rossi's security team discovered her presence on their property. Once she was found, the trespasser was handed over to the BH police. DeGeneres' rep released a statement to the magazine saying:
The intruder never entered the actual residence, and did not make any contact with either Ellen or Portia. Ellen and Portia appreciate the fast and effective response of BHPD officers.

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Ellen's Wife Portia De Rossi to Discuss Battle With Anorexia on Today's Oprah

Today, in what is bound to be a can’t miss episode, Portia De Rossi sits down with Oprah to talk about weighing just 82 pounds while starring on Ally McBeal. Watch the promo after the jump. READ MORE

Huge Idol Shake-Ups: Ellen Quit, Kara Fired? J. Lo Hired?

Wow! What a difference overnight press releases make! First came the news that Ellen DeGeneres had quit American Idol, claiming it was "not a right fit" for her. Which...yeah totally true. She was absolutely not a right fit as a judge and contributed in part to the lackluster season. On her own website, DeGeneres released this statement regarding her departure:

A couple months ago, I let FOX and the "American Idol" producers know that this didn't feel like the right fit for me. I told them I wouldn't leave them in a bind and that I would hold off on doing anything until they were able to figure out where they wanted to take the panel next. It was a difficult decision to make, but my work schedule became more than I bargained for. I also realized this season that while I love discovering, supporting and nurturing young talent, it was hard for me to judge people and sometimes hurt their feelings. I loved the experience working on "Idol" and I am very grateful for the year I had. I am a huge fan of the show and will continue to be.

Good for her at least for recognizing her limitations. Someone who could use similar self-awareness is Kara DioGuardi, who came aboard the Idol train in 2009, was not very popular with fans (and often gave completely wrong-headed, nonsense critiques) and still came back for another go-around in 2010. Now, TMZ is reporting that DioGuardi has been fired! TMZ also added this titbit: that the new judges panel will consist of Steven Tyler!, Jennifer Lopez!! and well...yeah, Randy Jackson (who really should have been the first to leave. Ellen and Kara were useless for one and two seasons respectively; Randy has been useless since the beginning of the show, IMO). READ MORE