No doubt, there is no American talk show more popular than The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Sadly, it is difficult to obtain tickets for the show! However, the people lucky enough to be an audience member have spoken about what it was really like. Here are the rules they had to follow in the studio…
You Can’t Take Photos
Just so you know, you are not allowed to take photos of Ellen on the stage. You are only allowed to snap photos while shopping at the Ellen Shop and queueing up to enter the studio. If you are ever a part of the audience, do not dare! A production team member will come up to and tell you to delete them.
No Time To Sign Autographs
If you visit a taping and hope that the host herself will sign a photo or a book, you should think again. The show runs on an extremely tight schedule, so there is not much time for her to mingle with the members of the audience. Keep in mind that if she signs an autograph for you, she will need to do the same thing for more than 300 other people in the audience.
The Items You Can’t Bring Inside
To be fair, most of the items that you will find on this list are considered bizarre. Most people do not carry them on a daily basis. However, audience members should not forget that it is prohibited to bring in sharp objects like scissors, weapons, and even knitting needles. The screening for the taping is a lot like airport security checks. If you can’t take it to a plane, you should not bring it to the studio!
You Have To Follow A Dress Code
It makes a lot of sense for there to be a dress code at a taping of a television show. After all, the audience members are going to have an effect on the show’s aesthetic. The coordination team only wants the audience to be at their best. Keep in mind that you will appear on national TV, so clean up!
No Logos On Clothes
Among other things, you are not allowed to wear clothing with logos on them. You should not even wear something with Ellen’s name! The team recommends dressing in bright and solid colors. On the other hand, audience members are discouraged from wearing busy patterns like paisley and polka dots since they tend to move onscreen, buzz, or distract viewers. If you ever don something with these on, you will be seated in the back so that you are not going to be caught on camera.
Limited Bathroom Breaks
There are bathrooms that you can use as you wait to check-in for the taping. You will need to plan smartly since there are only a couple of bathroom breaks as soon as you are taken to the stage. If you ever need to use the bathroom while the cameras are rolling, you are going to miss certain parts of it.
The Audience Has To Dance During Breaks
Everyone knows just how much dancing goes on at The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Did you know that you have to dance during commercial breaks? In fact, you might not be able to sit down during these breaks. If you feel confident about your dancing skills, this is the time and place to do it. There is typically a dance contest of sorts to look for the most talented person in the audience!
Food And Drinks Are Not Allowed
You are not allowed to bring drinks or food into the soundstage o the talk show. After all, it is very easy to make a mess when you are drinking or eating. No one would want to see that on national television! On top of that, it can get very distracting in more ways than one. Can you imagine watching Ellen talk to your favorite celebrity but hear munching in the distance?
The Celebrity Guests Are Kept A Secret
This one is pretty interesting. The coordination team does not ever announce the celebrity guests who are attending the taping. You will only find the time and date of filming on the tickets. The celebrity guests are only announced on the day of filming. This is done in case the original guest is unable to go.
Enthusiastic Guests Get To Play
It is important to show off your enthusiasm if you want to take part in one of the games on the show. Everyone who joins the games is actually pre-picked before the cameras start rolling. As the audience members check in, the production team looks for possible contestants. They will pull prospective people aside and ask them to audition. Those with the most pep are chosen when the time comes.
Your Gift Might Make It To Ellen
Plenty of people bring all sorts of gifts for the talk show host when they attend a taping. The gifts normally range from stuffed animals to baked treats to stuffed animals to thank you cards. These things are collected and sorted after the show. The team needs to ensure that none of them is dangerous!
Shouting Is Not Allowed
There is a warm-up guy who whips the audience members into a frenzy. The visitors are asked to go wild when Ellen and the guests go up the stage! However, this is the only time you are allowed to shout. When you do this after the introductions, you might be escorted out of there. It does not matter if you are just trying to give Ellen or the guests a compliment.
They Are Going To Search You
An anonymous insider talked about what it was like to be a part of the audience on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The News.com.au article talked about the experience of joining a taping of the talk show. One of the revelations was how strict the security measures are. The insider revealed that everyone needs to go through a metal detector before they could go inside the plane.
Get Ready For The Cold Temperature
Considering just how bright the studio is, we can see why you would think that it would be toasty in there. Ellen actually insists on keeping the air conditioner on max during the taping! Members of the audience are asked to come prepared and dress accordingly. Even if this is the case, we are sure that the visitors are glad for the cool air after they bust out their dance moves.
Bring A Big Car With You
Another advice for the audience members would be to take the biggest cars that they can bring. After all, you never know what freebies the show would give away. In 2017, the people who were present during the Mother’s Day episode of 2017 left with a huge pile of gifts. They got to bring home strollers, high chairs, car seats, and even Amazon Echoes.
You Need To Arrange Your Accommodation
There are audience members who do not live far from the set of Warner Bros. However, there are many visitors who need to take a plane to join the audience of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. If you are the latter, you should not expect to get any advice or favors from the people behind-the-scenes. You will have to look for your own accommodation and organize your own trip.
Fans With Special Requirements Need Two Weeks’ Notice
The Ellen DeGeneres Show works hard to be as inclusive and accessible as possible. However, those with special needs must contact the organizers of the show two weeks in advance. This is going to give the team ample time to arrange anything that needs to be done. It is actually great to hear that they want to deliver a nice experience for all of the guests.
No One Below 14 Years Old
Sadly, you are not allowed to be an audience member if you are below 14 years old. You should not dare to sneak in either! If you do not look like you are above the drinking age, you will need to bring a legal document that states your age. Do not forget a valid ID if you have a young face!
Friends And Family Members Might Not Be Seated Together
There are fans of the show who are lucky enough to win tickets not only for themselves but also for their loved ones. While you can go to the studio together, you should keep in mind that you might not be seated beside each other. The team cannot guarantee that your whole group will stay together.
Every Row Needs To Choreograph A Special Dance Move
A News.com writer reported what it was like to join the audience member of the talk show. No one was surprised to hear that dancing took up a lot of time during the taping. As a matter of fact, one reporter said that fans had to play choreographer on the set of the show as well! The warm-up guy made all the rows of fans create a special dance move and then perform it all together for the cameras.
People In The Front Row Need To Be Familiar With Current Songs
You can be the biggest fan of the talk show host, but this is not enough to land you a great spot on the stage. You will need to be familiar with the current U.S. Hot 100 hits as well! The people sitting in the “Dance Row” need to play double duty. They do not only need to show off their best moves, but they need to sing along to whatever song is playing when Ellen shows up as well.
Chewing Gum Is Forbidden In The Studio
If you are an avid gum chewer, they might not let you inside the studio! It turns out that chewing gum is considered a huge no-no on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. We suspect that it might have something to do with how unpleasant it looks like on the television screen. On top of that, it will restrict the members of the audience from singing along to the pop hits as Ellen gets to the stage.
You Are Going To Wait In Line
If you want to be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, you will need to stay in line. The ticket tells you what time you should be there for the check-in. You should know that there are normally more than 300 people per taping. When everyone is done checking in, they will make a couple of announcements before the guests form lines to enter the stage. As you can imagine, this is going to take some time!
Rain Or Shine, The Taping Will Go On
The start time of the show varies throughout the week, so it is important to know what the weather will be like. Even though Southern California is generally sunny, it is not immune to the occasional rain. You might have to wait outside without a roof, so you need to prepare beforehand. The coordination team is going to try to keep you comfy, but even they cannot dictate the weather.
You Should Not Take Advantage Of Her Generosity
Most people are aware that Ellen is generous with the giveaways on the show. However, you should not take advantage of this! Every member of the audience only brings home one of each item. Do not try to take more than that because the host herself will make fun of you! Nancy experienced this firsthand.
It Is Not Easy To Get Tickets
It is not easy at all to land tickets for The Ellen DeGeneres Show. A lot of people apply, so it is not an exaggeration to say that it might take years! Other people have not yet been successful. Do not give up and keep trying! There are at least three more seasons of the show, so you still have time.
The Team Always Overbooks The Taping
The coordination team tends to overbook the audience. They do this so that there will be people to take over the seats of those who could not go. After all, it is not going to look good if there are many empty seats! They probably want to avoid inquiries from people watching from their homes. After all, they would probably want to know why they did not get tickets since there are vacant seats.
Ellen Does Occasional Q & A Segments With The Audience
It does not happen often, but Ellen sometimes finds herself with extra time on her hands. She has taken this opportunity to do a question and answer portion with the members of the audience. There are times when it makes it to the cut, but it tends to happen off-camera as well. You should take advantage of this opportunity if it arises! However, avoid asking for selfies, autographs, hugs, or special tickets.
You Can’t Get Tickets On The Same Day
It is not true that you can get tickets on the day of filming. On the website of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, you will find a number for this specific event. However, this phone number is generally used for last resort purposes these days. We are sure that this was a lot more helpful during the early seasons of the show. Back then, it was not yet as big as it currently is.
You Should Leave Your Schedule Open On The Day Of Taping
How long does a taping of the show take? Apparently, it varies. Normally, it is like a slick, well-oiled machine. Let us not forget that it has already been on the air for almost two decades now. There are still occasional delays when a technical error occurs or a celebrity guest arrives late. That said, a taping normally takes an hour, although it can go on for even longer than that.
No One Is Allowed To Stand Up
During filming, members of the audience should stay seated the entire time. No one is allowed to get up or walk around during filming. This is a safety hazard because the crew members and the staff move back and forth with heavy equipment. If there is an emergency, you need to wait for a commercial break to have someone help you out.
Ellen Is Going To Surprise or Shock You
Ellen is a big fan of scaring and surprising the guests. If you ever attend a taping, you should keep in mind that the unbelievable can happen. Usually, there is a surprise guest or a fun freebie for the members of the audience. It is a good thing that Ellen prefers to scare her celebrity guests or producer!
The Audience Members Cannot Watch The Rehearsals
Rehearsals happen before they tape the episode. Ellen tends to rehearse the opening monologue, the musical guests rehearse their song, and the production team tries out games. While this is happening, the audience is not supposed to be in the soundstage. It means that audience members might have to sit outside for a longer time if the rehearsals go on for longer than expected.
You Should Only Bring A Small Bag Or Purse
If you are bringing a purse or bag, it should fit below the eat. After all, a big one is going to be a tripping hazard with all the dancing that takes place during the commercial breaks! Aside from that, there are celebrity guests who go through the back of the house and down the aisle. We are sure that no one wants to accidentally harm a famous person like that!
The Show Sometimes Goes Ahead Of Schedule
Ellen likes to follow the schedule when she tapes the show, but she also likes to be ahead of it. There are times when they move the filming to an earlier time slot on limited notice. You should be careful about your plans before the taping to ensure that you will have ample time in case they change the schedule.
Go To The Ellen Shop Before Or After Taping
It feels like everyone adores the merchandise of the show! In the soundstage, you will find Ellen’s Shop in the space that many people call “The Riff-Raff Room.” If you happen to be a VIP guest, there will be enough time for you to shop before they start taping. This is a good idea since you can skip long lines! Everyone else needs to wait for the taping to be over before they can go.
Don’t Think About Sneaking Your Cellphone In With You
A bad habit that is so common as of late, is constantly being on your cellphone. Now, if you’re in the Ellen audience she definitely would be happy with that. Even worse, can you imagine if your cellphone had to go off while filming? No recording, no selfies, and certainly no updating your Instagram. Keep that for after the show!
You Need To Keep Up With Kardashians’
If you know Ellen, then you’ll know just how much she loves The Kardashians – which means you should too! The Kardashians and Jenners have appeared on the Ellen show countless amounts of times, so if you don’t know what going in their lives, you might be in for some trouble. They are for sure her favorite celeb family as she not only mentions them all the time but they keep her happy and the audience entertained.
No Snacks Allowed!
As we previously mentioned, there is no food allowed on set. Well, the same goes for snacking! The no snacking policy is very strict, fans and audience members are told to bring their own food or snacks to eat before the show begins. There is also another option of buying food from eateries nearby. If you are caught snacking during the show, there’s a chance you may get kicked out.
Hands Off! Only 1 Freebie Allowed
Everyone is well aware of just how generous Ellen can be, not only to her guests by to her audience members as well. Ellen’s audience is considered to be one of the luckiest audiences in the world, with all the fantastic goodies and free giveaways. Now that’s just on camera, usually, people can also take home one freebie as a souvenir from the Ellen Store. Howeev, there are of course strict rules that come along with it, each member can only take home one freebie!
No Black Or White Clothing Permitted
The Ellen DeGeneres show is meant to be a show that only brings joy and happiness to everyone. So this would also include a ‘happy dress code’. People who come on the show have to wear bright colors and of course dress well. Ellen has said that it is okay to either wear black or white but it needs to be paired with something bright or colorful. As long as you look stylish, you’re good to go!
Information About The Show Is Kept Top Secret
When people joining the audience of The Ellen DeGeneres Show set, they generally have an idea as to what’s in store, games, celebrity appearances, a heartwarming story, and of course some kind of surprise. The point is before arriving for the show, people do not exactly know what will happen or will be making an appearance. Basically, a lot of it is kept secret as the producers want the show to have an element of surprise which then leads to more excitement. But also, a lot of details can change at any point, so they don’t want to disappoint anyone. Regardless, audience members will always have a lot of fun!
Clapping Is Choreographed As Well
As we mentioned before Ellen’s show is all about being happy and cheerful which is why there is a lot of music, singing, and dancing, which believe it or not but it is actually all choreographed. Want to know what else is choreographed? The clapping! So if you thought the hollering, clapping, and cheering was all completely spontaneous – guess again! The audience is told exactly when to do what by the staff.
You Can’t Sell Your Tickets
It turns out that the good old saying, “money can buy you happiness” really isn’t true. People from all over the world won’t be a part of the live-action filming and will generally do whatever they can to get their hands on a pair of tickets. However, we’re here to deliver some bad news…if you’re planning on buying tickets off of someone else, this is not possible. Tickets can not even be auctioned off for charity. If your name is not on the ticket you come with, be prepared to be sent back home.
No Group Co-Ordination Outfits
As lively as Ellen is, you would certainly think that anything goes when it comes to clothes. With all these rules set in place, there’s no chance of that. If you and your friends decide to arrive in matching or coordinated outfits, just know that its forbidden and you may not be allowed to be a part of the audience. Additionally, regardless of Ellen having her own clothing line, you are not permitted to wear any of it while the show is being recorded. Seems a little crazy, right?
Don’t Ask For An Autograph
As weird as it may seem, Ellen will not sign her name for any of her audience remembers. If you’re lucky you might get away with a selfie- but only when prompted. The staff has said that it’s only for time reasons that giving her signature to every person would take hours. And we all know Ellen doesn’t have time for that. There are a lot of people in the audience, so sorry autograph hunters it ain’t going to happen!
So the truth is that Ellen is more than happy to hug celebs that she knows very well, but when it comes to audience members there is a strict ‘no hugging’ rules. Guests are told to follow her lead, so if she doesn’t lean in for the hug, neither should you. Many have said that she simply does not like physical contact- so be aware, you might easily get booted out if you even try touching her.
Make Repeat Appearances
The lucky celebrities that Ellen adores, are often seen on the show more frequently. As much these celebs look like her best friends on the camera, they are indeed just a close off-camera. Naturally, her wife, Portia is often on the show as well as many of ‘inner circles’ pals, performers, and socialites. So who has been on the show many times? To be honest there are quite a number, Oprah Winfrey (of course), Justin Bieber, Jennifer Aniston, and obviously the Kardashians’.
You Don’t Follow The Rules – You’re Out!
Ellen is a master of keeping cool and getting her way. She can not only guide conversation straight where she wants them but also politely calls out people who don’t behave as they should. Ellen has set many rules and regulations for both audience members and guests of her show. And she has made it quite clear that if you don’t follow them, you’ll be out!
Give All The Details On Your Personal Life
As Ellen personally knows many of her guests, it’s no surprise that they trust her. Whether it’s through an interview or a game, she always tries to get as much information on their personal lives as possible. It could be the struggles of being newly married or the inside scoop between the Kardashian sisters, guests should be prepared for anything.
Respect Ellen’s Workplace
While to many people these rules sound absolutely absurd, to others they are completely understandable. After all, this is Ellen’s place of her and she can demand good behavior and respect…we all know how crazy some fans can get. We’ve all seen that overexcited lady who ends up getting too rowdy or that weird guy all the way at the back with his mamma’s face on his t-shirt. So the point of the matter is if you’re lucky enough to get yourself a ticket to the show, don’t be silly by misbehaving.