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Ellen DeGeneres to host NBC prime-time game show

Ellen DeGeneres has been a fixture on daytime television since 2003.

Now she’s heading back to her prime-time roots as host of a new NBC game show called Ellen’s Game of Games.

‘It’s going to be like a combination of American Ninja Warrior, RuPaul’s Drag Race and a water park,’ DeGeneres joked in a statement.

‘OK, it’s nothing like that, but you should still watch.’

Six episodes of the show have been ordered.

They will consist of what is described as ‘supersized versions’ of games that viewers of DeGeneres daytime show are already familiar with including No or Go and What’s in the Box?

Contestants will be picked from the audience and asked to answer questions or perform stunts.

‘Ellen’s impact as a daytime icon is unprecedented and we can’t wait to see her bring that amazing spirit to Game of Games,’ NBC executive Paul Telegdy said in a statement.

‘She is among the very best at engaging with her devoted audience and we are all in for a treat when her antics hit primetime.’

DeGeneres starred in the groundbreaking ABC sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 on which her TV character came out as gay at around the same time as DeGeneres.

She then went on to star in the CBS sitcom The Ellen Show from 2001 to 2002.

A premiere date for Ellen’s Game of Games has not yet been determined.

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