Ellen dishes about 15 years of talk-show success with NBC 10
With 59 Daytime Emmy Awards, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" is the most awarded talk show in history.
After 15 seasons of success, DeGeneres invited NBC 10 News to her set in Los Angeles to give fans a peek behind the scenes.
"I'm just addicted," exclaimed one fan, gearing up for a recent taping of her show.
"I watch it like every day," proclaimed another, "I don't even have cable and I watch it every day."
If you want any indication how big DeGeneres is, look no further than the iconic Warner Bros. Studios lot. She's got her own stage named after her.
Inside, DeGeneres dished on a few secrets to her success.
"You're just so positive, especially in light of everything that's going on lately -- the hurricanes, the wildfires, the shooting in Las Vegas – your show kind of counters that, respectfully looking at the positive. Was that your goal when you first started?" I asked.
"You know, I'm a comedian, so I'm always trying to make people happy," DeGeneres said. "That's my goal all the time is to make people happy, and then being on the show, I get to not just make people laugh, but actually bring people on that inspire you."
DeGeneres also talked about her criteria for booking guests.
"I don't want smart because that's intimidating to me," DeGeneres joked. "I want someone who's going to be real and natural, whether they're a celebrity or a teacher who's doing good in the world."
"I have a platform, and so I'm able to use this platform to help people and give everyone a break -- I mean the news is constantly showing us everything that's going on and I want for one hour a day for people to just forget about it, turn on the TV and just laugh and relax," she said.
Since launching her talk show in 2003, DeGeneres has created a lifestyle brand, a production company, and starred in "Finding Nemo," one of the highest grossing animated films of all time.
But those are just a few of her proudest accomplishments.
"I'm proud of my Medal of Freedom," said DeGeneres, who was awarded the nation's highest civilian award by President Barack Obama in 2016.
"I'm proud that the show is still on after 15 years," she added. "This is an example of what our world is, these are people from all over the country, all over the world, and we're all happy."
And she's not slowing down anytime soon -- producing what she hopes will be another season of Emmy-winning television.
She's also gearing up for a milestone 60th birthday.
"Portia is the one stressing out," said DeGeneres. "She's like, literally like every other day, 'What am I going to do for your 60th birthday?'"
She jokingly added: "She's stressing, and I'm like, 'Yeah, what is it going to be?'"
DeGeneres said she'll pull back the curtain and give fans a glimpse into her personal life when she returns to stand-up comedy for an upcoming Netflix special. A release date has not yet been announced.