UPDATED: Another A-list standup comedian is returning to the mic for a Netflix special. Ellen DeGeneres is teaming with the Internet network for her first standup special in 15 years. The news was revealed on Twitter this morning, with DeGeneres playfully replying to Netflix’s invitation for a standup return.
Let me think about it. Ok I'm in. https://t.co/kUAdHyXAjS
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 24, 2017
Looks like it's been 15 years since you did a stand-up special, @TheEllenShow. How about one for Netflix?
— Netflix US (@netflix) May 24, 2017
There are no details about the special but word is that the deal is likely in the range of the blockbuster pacts Netflix recently signed with other comedy stars making standup special returns after a long break, Chris Rock– reportedly paid $20 million per special in a two-special deal — Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld.
Netflix eventually confirmed the special, releasing a statement from DeGeneres.
“It has been 15 years since I did a stand-up special. 15 years,” she said. “And I’m writing it now, I can’t wait. I’ll keep you posted when and where I’m gonna shoot my Netflix special. I’m excited to do it; I’m excited for you to see it.”
DeGeneres previously did two back-to-back standup specials on HBO, the 2001 Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning and the 2003 Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now, both of which earned multiple Emmy nominations.
Since the last HBO special, DeGeneres had been focused on her successful daytime talk show, which just wrapped its 14th season, and her production company, A Very Good Production, which has the upcoming Netflix animated series Green Eggs and Ham and ABC’s Splitting Up Together, along with NBC hit Little Big Shots and several other unscripted shows.