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Ellen DeGeneres teams with Netflix for first stand-up special in 15 years

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Ellen DeGeneres is used to the stage as host of her long-running talk showbut she’s boarding a different one soon: The comedian is getting her own Netflix stand-up special, she announced Wednesday.

“Looks like it’s been 15 years since you did a stand-up special, @TheEllenShow,” Netflix tweeted that day. “How about one for Netflix?”

She replied quickly after: “Let me think about it. Ok I’m in.”

Shortly after, she officially announced the special on her show. “It has been 15 years since I did a stand-up special. 15 years. And I’m writing it now, I can’t wait,” she said. “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. And now, each one of you, you get to Netflix & chill with me. How about that?”

DeGeneres’ last special was 2003’s Here and Now, which debuted on HBO. That same year, she voiced Dory in Disney’s Finding Nemo and later got her own spin-off movie in 2016 with Finding Dory. 

“All I know is that parents thank me and curse me,” DeGeneres previously told EW of the character. “It’s the kind of film that their kids watch over and over and over again. Parents have seen it and kids have seen it, so we have a generation of people that know this film, and we have a brand new generation now that’s looking at Nemo again to also get ready to see Dory. I know that there’s an enormous amount of sales of Finding Nemo compared to other films. It’s still selling! So it’s just a powerful journey.”

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Netflix has become a hub for comedy specials in recent years, exclusively hosting hours from big names like Amy SchumerLouis C.K., and Dave Chappelle, whose two 2017 specials are Netflix’s most-watched.