10 Questions for Ellen DeGeneres

Celebrities don't often make the most successful talk-show hosts. JUST ASK Sharon Osbourne or Roseanne. But Ellen DeGeneres, whose daytime syndicated show debuted last fall, has been a rare hit with both critics and audiences. Jeffrey Ressner talked with the TV star and stand-up comedian, who publicly revealed that she was gay in a TIME cover story seven years ago.

WHY DO YOU THINK YOUR TALK SHOW IS DOING SO WELL?

I've tried not to dissect it. Before the show was put together, everybody asked me what I was going to do differently to make it last. I really didn't...

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