Interviewer: How does doing a talk show compare with doing standup?
Ellen: Standup is more me talking the entire time. There's definitely an exchange of energy because that room, that audience, is giving back. I say something and they respond in laughter. But it's so much better for me to do a talk show. You still have that energy of the audience, and the audience is just as important as that guest that's sitting next to me. It's not about me and that guest exchanging energy and talking. It's about everything that's going on in that room, and they're as much a part of the show as anything. I like this better than anything I've ever done.
Interviewer: What's the hardest part of the job?
Ellen: Everything. It's just the hardest thing I've ever done and it's the best thing that I've ever done. I love this job. I love coming here every day. The whole show is me so I make every decision. It's just constant decisions, constant writing the monologue every day and working on what's going to make it special every single day.