DeGeneres returns with first show since marriage

Ellen DeGeneres premiered her sixth season as host of "Ellen" with two notable changes: a new studio and a wedding ring. The syndicated talk show returned Monday with a taped episode from the show

** FILE ** Actress Portia de Rossi, left, and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres arrive at the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles in this April 26, 2008 file photo. There are reports the two have wed in what is perhaps the highest-profile gay marriage since California legalized the unions. (AP Photo/Chris Weeks, file)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ellen DeGeneres premiered her sixth season as host of "Ellen" with two notable changes: a new studio and a wedding ring. The syndicated talk show returned Monday with a taped episode from the show's new set on the Warner Bros. studio lot in Los Angeles.

It was DeGeneres' first show since marrying actress Portia de Rossi in August.

"This is my first show as a married lady," DeGeneres announced, flashing her wedding ring.

The audience gave her a standing ovation.

DeGeneres, 50, and Rossi were wed in an intimate ceremony at their Beverly Hills home. The Emmy-winning host and Rossi had dated for four years and announced that they would marry after the California Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages in May.

"Who knew John McCain and I would have something in common," she joked. "We both chose female running mates."


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