George Clooney will be on ‘Ellen’ but maybe not ‘ER’

Ellen DeGeneres is finally getting her wish! After months of lobbying, George Clooney has agreed to appear on Ellen’s show. To get him on, Ellen parlayed several of her guests into helping her get Clooney on the show. Brad Pitt even suggested that Ellen hire Chippendale dancers to lure Clooney. After all of that, George finally agreed, and even complained that people were coming up to him, asking why he hadn’t gone on Ellen’s show. What’s still up in the air is whether Clooney will appear on one of the final episodes of ER.

All season long, since moving into new headquarters on the Warner Bros. lot, Ellen DeGeneres has had one goal in mind: get George Clooney on the show. She even enlisted the aid of Brad Pitt – which didn’t help much.

Finally, with her New Year’s motto “George is Mine in ’09,” the talk-show host got what she was after, with Clooney’s appearance set to air Monday.

“Have people been informing you every step of the way of what we’ve done [to get you here]?” the ever-demure DeGeneres asks Clooney.

“Informing me is not really what I would call what my office has been doing. Ah, complaining,” he replies. “They were a little concerned when that marching band came in. … The trombone player hurt someone, as always.”

Apparently what did do the trick in leading Clooney to the studio door was DeGeneres’s decision to follow the advice of the leading man’s former ER costar Noah Wyle – who advised her to also invite former Cincinnati Reds, Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan, on the show.

Though that, possibly, wasn’t the only reason.

Says Clooney: “People do come up to me all the time and say, ‘What’s wrong with you, man? Why don’t you go on Ellen’s show?’ [And] I say I haven’t been in town, which I haven’t been in town for a long time. I haven’t really …” He then dissolves into laughter.

Besides doing The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Clooney may do a parting shot as Dr. Doug Ross during the 15th and final season of ER, according to the show’s executive producer John Wells.

Speaking to reporters Thursday at a Television Critics Association panel, Wells said, “George is very busy [but] we’ve talked about it a couple times.” Reps for Clooney have not confirmed the appearance.

From People

Why is Clooney still playing hard to get with ER? He made a special cameo several years ago, but that was really hush-hush. So there’s a possibility that Clooney has had already decided to come back, and the producers want to surprise people. As far as going on Ellen’s show, that’s just good business, and Ellen had drawn out the joke long enough.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.

8 Responses to “George Clooney will be on ‘Ellen’ but maybe not ‘ER’”

Comments are Closed

We close comments on older posts to fight comment spam.

  1. debra77 says:

    I loved when Brad was on the show.. the part about George and the dancers were just too funny. I would love to see George and Brad on the show together.. They are just too cute together.. I will be watching this show.. As far as ER is concerned George does not owe the show anything.. He fullfilled his contract.. enough is enough. I am glad that George moved on.. the show should as well.

  2. Sickitten says:

    Clooney is just a dumb, uneducated oaf who is either secretly gay or for some reason afraid to date a fine woman.

    I’m betting he has tried to date fine women but they went off to find a man who is truly in their league.

    His copying Cary Grant is a whole other matter.

  3. lala says:

    ER made clooney. Without it he would still be best know for his appearance on Roseanne.

    Fullfilling a contract is the minimum I would expect from an individual who owes his star power to ER.

  4. elusive says:

    I don’t blame him for not doing the finale. He hasnt been on ER since it was good, just before the killed Mark Green (Anthony Edwards) off. Also, if he didn’t come back for his characters best friends funeral I doubt he’d come back for anything. He has no connection to the new cast, with the exception of maybe a Noah Wyle cameo, or the new story lines. That’s a show they should have put to bed a long time ago.

  5. photo jojo says:

    ITA elusive. I was sort of stunned that Clooney did not make an appearance on the funeral episode for Mark Green. And yes, ER has totally jumped the shark.

  6. dr.grrl says:

    @ lala…

    Roseanne didn’t make clooney…

    the facts of life did!! you take the good, you take the bad and there you have…..


  7. vdantev says:

    LOL @ Dr. Grrl, god I remember him being on that show.

  8. I follow your blog for a long time and must tell that your articles are always valuable to readers.