“It has been 15 years since I did a stand-up special. 15 years,” DeGeneres said in a statement. “And I’m writing it now, I can’t wait. I’ll keep you posted when and where I’m gonna shoot my Netflix special. I’m excited to do it; I’m excited for you to see it.”
DeGeneres got her start in stand up comedy before transitioning into acting and then hosting her syndicated daytime show. Now going into its fifteenth season, the show has earned a total of 59 Daytime Emmy Awards. She also had the honor of hosting the Academy Awards, the Primetime Emmys, and the Grammy Awards. Most recently, President Obama presented DeGeneres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2016.
The new special will mark her first since 2003, when she appeared in “Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now” for HBO.
She is the latest high-profile comedian to partner with Netflix for a comedy special. Previously, Kevin James announced he would return to stand up with his own Netflix special, while the streaming giant recently released new specials from Tracy Morgan and two never-before-seen Dave Chappelle comedy shows, the first two of three specials Chappelle will release on the service. Netflix also released Amy Schumer’s “The Leather Special” and Louis CK’s “2017.”
The number of stand-up specials debuting on the service has been steadily increasing since about 2014. Netflix locked up Chris Rock’s next two specials for a reported $40 million, snagged a special from Jim Gaffigan, and acquired the rights to past and future seasons of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” series in addition to signing the comedy legend to a production deal that includes two new comedy specials.