There is no doubt that the Ellen DeGeneres Show is one of the most famous talk shows on TV right now. It started in 2003 and has since brought home an incredible 61 Daytime Emmy Awards. Ellen DeGeneres also puts in the effort to ensure that the program goes as smoothly as it possibly could. If you do not believe us, you should check out these 30 strange rules that all members of the audience have to follow. You have to obey these guidelines when you visit the set of the talk show!
Do Not Bring Knitting Needles
Are you thinking of working on a sweater while waiting in line to get into the show? Sadly, you would be out of luck. Apparently, this daytime program strictly prohibits visitors from bringing any knitting needles into the set and studio. This is far from being the only banned item as well!
No Sharp Objects
In the FAQs, prospective members of the audience also get a warning about not bringing any kind of sharp object to the set. This would mean that scissors and knives are out of the question. We are not surprised to hear that it is forbidden to bring any sort of weapon as well. Even mace is prohibited.
No Random Shouting
The warm-up guy is responsible for constantly whipping the members of the audience into a frenzy! A minute does not go by without the viewers being asked to dance as hard as they could. They get asked to whoop and holler as well. However, crowd participation does come with certain limits as well.
Wait For Cues
Fans might get asked to be as loud as possible when Ellen DeGeneres and other celebrities enter the stage. However, it would not do if they try to be vocal while the program is in full swing. Regardless of what you want to say, it would not be a good idea to scream things from the seats!
Use Of Metal Detectors
You will find this piece of advice in the FAQs section of the show’s official website: “Think airport security: if you can’t take it into the airport, it is not allowed at WB.” Anyone planning to drop by the Warner Bros. studios for a shoot should know that this is not an exaggeration at all.
In fact, the Australian news site news.com.au released a report from an anonymous insider who talked about what it was like to be in the audience of the hit show. One of the many parts that they talked about was the security measures installed. To be specific, the unnamed tipster said that anyone who goes through the studio needs to go past a metal detector first.
Get Ready For The Cold
With all the bright lights on the set, you might expect the studio to be less like a freezer and more like an oven. However, this is not the case. As a matter of fact, you are much more likely to get a chill than work up a sweat if you are going to be a part of the audience!
If you are planning to go to a taping, you should probably put on your thermals. The air conditioning in the studio runs high over the course of the shoot. The warm-up man does encourage audience members to dance like no one is watching, so we are sure the constant chill can help with that part.
With the popularity of selfies and smartphones, autographs are considered a bit dated. If you happen to be old-fashioned and prefer this form of souvenir, however, you are out of luck. You heard us right! It turns out that Ellen DeGeneres never signs her name for members of the audience.
No Physical Contact
The talk show host has cited a lack of time and the size of the audience as reasons why she does not do autographs. These are the same reasons that she does not engage in physical contact very much. Even though the show might give off a touchy-feely vibe, it is forbidden to hug Ellen DeGeneres!
Bring A Big Car
Are you thinking of going to Warner Bros. studio in your very own car to catch a taping of the show? If this is the case, you might want to rethink that. We say this because it might be more lucrative to go to the closest car rental place before you make your trip!
For The Freebies
That is not all. Audience members are also advised to go to the studio in the biggest cars that they could use. But why? Well, the bigger your vehicle, the more space you have to cram in all the freebies! During the Mother’s Day episode of 2017, the people present at the taping were able to leave with a pile of gifts. The list includes strollers, high chairs, car seats, and an Amazon Echo. You won’t want to miss out!
How To Dress
Would you describe your fashion sense as gothic? If you, there is a chance that you will be turned away from the set. This is because audience members are supposed to don colorful outfits. What else can you expect from a show that is about good vibes? All-black and all-white outfits would get a thumbs down.
No Denim Jeans
The producers of the show also disapprove of most denim jeans. The only exception would be “dressy jeans.” As a matter of fact, the guidelines state that ticket holders should go for “business casual or upscale/trendy attire.” These would mean that shorts, tees with brand names on it, and beachwear are all outlawed from the set of the show.
No Coordinating Outfits
Aside from the ban on all-white and all-black getups, there is another big fashion rule implemented by The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Groups that color coordinate outfits are also frowned upon! Some people believe that this rule was put in place because the host does not want any of the audience members to take the spotlight away from her and the celebrity guests.
No Merch Clothing
The strict dress code does not end there either. Even though audience members are allowed to buy Ellen merch in the backstage hangout called the “Riff Raff Room,” they are not allowed to show off the products on TV. Fans would not be allowed to go into the set if they wear any Ellen-related clothing!
Everyone Has To Dance
One of the things people know about The Ellen DeGeneres Show is that audience members are encouraged to show off their dance moves. During the 30-second breaks for commercials, fans are asked to groove it out! Apparently, celebrity guests are not safe from these constant demands either.
Dance, Dance, Dance!
Do you want an example? In 2017, Octavia Spencer went on the daytime hit for the promotion of the drama Hidden Figures. After she was interviewed by Ellen, she went to the audience to enjoy the rest of the taping. While she was there, she was asked to dance during a commercial break! Yes, you have to obey the rules of the set no matter who you are.
Your Own Accommodation
There are fans who are fortunate enough to live close to the set of Warner Bros. However, other people have to cross thousands of miles to be part of the audience of the show. If you are part of the latter category, you should not expect to get advice from The Ellen DeGeneres Show crew about looking for overnight accommodation.
Here is one of the frequently asked questions the show gets: “Do you recommend a hotel in the area?” The answer to that is short and sweet: “No.” The program does not provide a list of options, so it means that audience members are on their own. They should just look up hotels in the 91522 zip code.
Guests With Special Needs
The Ellen DeGeneres Show takes pride in its inclusivity and acceptance of fans from all backgrounds. Those that have certain needs or requirements must give the organizers of the show a heads up in advance before they attend a taping, however. These ticket holders must alert the producers two weeks before the taping to ensure that all arrangements can be made.
Two Weeks’ Notice
This rule might sound a bit excessive to you. However, this period of time will allow the producers to ensure that they can iron out any potential problems in time for the actual taping. Besides, the only thing you must do is shoot them an email via the email address listed on the ticket confirmation!
Only 15 And Up
It is a little unfortunate to hear that not all the fans of the show can be accommodated. For one thing, you can only watch the show on the TV if you are below 14 years old. If you are older than that, however, you can catch a taping. However, this is only true if someone 18 and above will join you!
Young fans who are thinking of sneaking into the set should think twice. If you do not look like you are of drinking age, you will need to bring an official legal document to enter the studio. To be fair, this rule is a bit ironic. After all, many celebrity guests, including the 13-year-old yodeler Mason Ramsey, would not be allowed to sit with the audience members on a normal basis!
Lining Up Outside
The producers of the show seem to like creating a sense of anticipation before the audience is allowed to go in. Fans that hope to grab a front-row seat to The Ellen DeGeneres Show are asked to wait outside the lot of the studio. Yes, this includes the people who were already promised tickets.
The good thing here is that the City of Angels is not known for rainfall. If it ever does rain, fans can probably seek shelter in one of the eateries located close by. However, it was reported that audience members sometimes have to wait for hours before the producers can let them go in and sit down.
It sounds like getting into a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show is quite the ordeal. If you do not have guaranteed tickets on hand, you will have to pray hard that you can get your hands on the standby ones. However, you will have to get to the studio and wait outside very early if you want to make such a thing happen.
As a matter of fact, the official website of the show says that the studio opens at 9 AM. However, “it is not within [the producers’] control as to how early people arrive.” This probably refers to fans who hope to get their hands on standby tickets by waiting outside Warner Bros. early. The taping normally starts at 12:30 PM, so it is not a joke to wait that early in the day.
Members of the audience are not allowed to bring any beverages or snacks into the studio as well. Even though the taping of the show is a long process, ticket holders should avoid getting hungry until the whole thing is over. It is a good thing, however, that food is allowed in the lines outside the lot. On top of that, there are several restaurants near Warner Bros.
Don’t Sneak Them In
It turns out that there are serious consequences if you were found to have brought in a can of soda or a bag of chips with you. They might even escort you off the set if you get caught. At least you now know the reason you might hear rumbling stomachs the next time that you tune into a daytime talk show.
You Might Get Separated
There are The Ellen DeGeneres Show fans who get lucky enough to get tickets not only for themselves but also for two loved ones. These groups might even be allowed to go to the studio together. However, there is no guarantee that the whole group will be seated beside each other during the actual taping.
Sitting With Strangers
On the other hand, it is very possible for audience members to get seated beside strangers. The show has a strict seating arrangement. When people get to the “holding area,” they are given a numbered ticket. The number indicates the order in which the fans are allowed to take their assigned seats. If the number of a party member is a lot higher or lower than their companions, there is a good chance that they are going to go in different rows.
Audiences might not know what they are going to get as soon as they arrive on the set of the show. They could be in for a celebrity interview, an opening monologue, a weird practical joke, a moving human-interest story, or even a musical performance. The host likes to give them a surprise of sorts!
As a matter of fact, the audience members only find out which celebrity will join Ellen on the stage when they finally join her on the soft. This is because the host and the producers are intent on keeping things a secret beforehand. The official reason for this? It would be that the “details change on a daily basis.” The good side here is that you can hear genuine reactions from the viewers when they see the guests.
Ready To Dance
Would you describe yourself as shy? If so, we do not really recommend going to a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The show demands the members of the audience to dance as hard as they could. There are even times when you would mistake it for So You Think You Can Dance!
On Their Feet
As a matter of fact, ticket holders seem to spend a lot of time on their feet. They probably stand as much as they sit during the taping. A lot of them have admitted that it was exhausting to be part of the audience. If you are not keen on the idea of busting a move on national TV, you should just stay home.
In 2017, a News.com.au writer went to LA to talk about what it was like to be an audience member of the show. It is not surprising to hear that dancing took up a lot of time. As a matter of fact, the writer was horrified to find out that the fans are encouraged to act like choreographers during the taping.
On Their Own
The article also said that each row on the show got asked to come up with their own dance move and do it all together. On top of that, the writer mentioned that her particular row did not exactly find this a thrilling idea. They failed to wow the other members of the audience because they just waited the allotted time staring at each other uncomfortably. Fail.
Latest Pop Hits
Being the number one fan of Ellen DeGeneres is not enough to get you a prime spot during a taping. No, you also have to be up to date with the U.S. Hot 100 hits! If you want to be seated in the “Dance Row,” we sure hope that you know Lizzo, Lil Nas X, and other big stars at the moment.
When Ellen DeGeneres herself goes through the row, the audience members in that spot should be ready for double duty. They do not just need to bust out their best dance moves, but they have to sing along to the song that is playing as well. Lip Sync Battle is no match for this one!
Ellen DeGeneres is a fan of games as well. She likes to host a spin-off based on old games. We bet that you have seen Aw Snap, Blindfolded Musical Chairs, and Danger Word on her talk show. It is not really surprising that she only wants people who are truly invested to participate in them.
It might look like they randomly select members of the audience to join in, but they are actually hand-picked before the taping starts. One blogger who went to a taping even said that potential contestants are chosen based on the enthusiasm that they show while they are in the line. If a crowd member manages to impress producers with their excitement during an interview, they might be able to get more screen time than the others.
The strict choreography is not only limited to the singing and dancing routines on the show. You might think that the members of the audience can whoop, holler, and clap to their hearts’ desire, but this is not the case. As a matter of fact, the people on the set receive cues when and how to act from a designated member of the staff.
Ticket holders basically have to be ready to follow the directions of the choreographers as soon as they walk through the doors of the studio. There is an upside to all these pre-show instructions, however. The person who leads the audience’s responses might give clues about the identity of the celebrity guests. They get to do this while throwing the audience member into a frenzy at the same time.
No Shirts And Shorts
While there are TV shows that encourage members of the audience to show off skin, The Ellen DeGeneres Show is not one of them. Regardless of how hot it might be outside, the audience members are not allowed to act like they are going to the beach.
Not The Beach
We have already mentioned the rules about wearing monochrome colors, clothes with logos, official Ellen merch, and coordinating outfits. On top of these rules, viewers are also forbidden from donning shorts, t-shirts, and summer hats. If you arrive in a pair of flip-flops, you will be escorted away as well.
Checking Your Excitement
Do you want to up your chances of being picked for a gift giveaway or a game show segment? You should probably drink some energy drinks beforehand. After all, the producers scout for people who seem to be excited about going to a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. If the crew thinks that you fit that description, they will bring you to a special spot that they call the “bungalow.”
As much as 50 people can be brought over to the bungalow. Over there, the producers are going to grill them. “How excited are you?” and “Who is the biggest Ellen fan?” These are only a handful of the questions that they will ask the fans over there. If they like the answers you give, you get to be eligible for the next portion. If you are lacking in enthusiasm, you will be sent to the parking garage once more.
Security Gift Checks
Ellen DeGeneres is believed to have an $87.5 million net worth. She is richer than many of the members of the audience can even dream of. However, this has not stopped fans from trying to shower her with gifts anyway. However, you are pretty much out of luck if you want to personally deliver a gift to her.
However, it is fine for audience members to bring presents to the Warner Bros. lot. However, the presents can only be handed to Ellen when the security is done conducting an official check. Fans are not allowed to stride up to her and express their love for her. They are also forbidden from asking her for a selfie “due to time constraints and the number of people [the producers] accommodate per show.”
Just One Freebie
Some might argue that getting the chance to go to a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show is enough reward on its own. However, the host makes sure that the members of the audience go home happier by leaving with a piece of merch. However, you should never try to get more than your fair share of the freebie.
Once, Ellen discovered that one member of the audience tried to bring home a couple of souvenirs during her visit to the studio. The host was not impressed at all by what this guest did. As a warning for greedy taping guests in the future, she even aired the footage of the fan caught red-handed.
No Chewing Gum
If you have a pack of gum in your belongings, you might not be able to get through the doors of the studio. Chewing gum is yet another thing that is totally frowned upon on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. There are several reasons why guests are not allowed to pop some gum in their mouths.
Why Gum Is Banned
For one thing, gum-chewing would not look very attractive on TV. On top of that, it would also restrict members of the audience from singing along to pop hits that play when Ellen walks to the sofa. There is also the disgusting habit of sticking used gum beneath chairs. The cleaners would not approve of that!
Can’t Sell Tickets
They say that money can’t buy you everything, and it is true when it comes to tickets to the show. Ellen wants fans from all walks of life to have the opportunity to be on the set, after all. Tickets are not up for general sale for this very reason. So no, you can’t make money from tickets if you are able to get them.
Just For You
As a matter of fact, the producers of the show have also forbidden auctioning tickets off even for good causes. The person who gets to the Warner Bros. lot should correspond with the name on the ticket. If this does not happen, there is a possibility that they are going to be sent away.
Every 40-minute episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show is filmed professionally from many angles. This is how the show makes it to the TVs in our homes. However, this has not stopped certain members of the audience from wanting to record the experience for themselves. However, Instagram stories and Facebook Live streams are only allowed outside of the studio.
Turn It Off
Fans are allowed to keep their phones, but they need to be switched off when they are inside the studio. Producers have reportedly confiscated mobiles that are being used in the middle of taping. Standalone cameras are banned from the set as well. They might not even make it through the studio doors.
There are times when a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show is canceled for circumstances outside of the producers’ control. This might happen when Ellen is not feeling well. Fans planning to go to the taping of the show might not only get disappointed, but they might lose money on top of this too.
Pay Your Own
This is because the show does not reimburse the audience members on anything they spent to arrive at the studio. It might not be a problem for people living in Los Angeles. However, you will have to shell out a lot of money if you plan to fly thousands of miles to reach the studio!