Amy Schumer, Ellen DeGeneres and More Mourn Deadly Synagogue Shooting: ‘My Heart Is Broken’

As news continues to surface about the Pittsburg synagogue shooting that has left 11 people dead and six injured, celebrities are mourning the loss of life and offering their condolences.

The shooting took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of the city, the Pittsburgh Public Safety Department announced on Twitter. The department added that it will be prosecuted as a hate crime and the FBI will be leading the investigation.

No children were injured in the shooting, Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich announced at a press conference.

A law enforcement official confirmed to PEOPLE the suspect is Robert Bowers, 46. Police sources told KDKA the shooter yelled, “All Jews must die” after entering the synagogue during the Saturday morning Shabbat service.

“My heart is broken for the victims and loved ones of everyone affected by the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh,” wrote comedian Amy Schumer, who recently announced she’s pregnant with her first child.

Actor Joe Manganiello, who was born nearby in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, added, “My thoughts are back home today with the people of Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh.”

Without specifically mentioning the tragic shooting, television host Ellen DeGeneres made a call for everyone, no matter their political differences, to support one another.

“Today, I send out love to each and every one of you reading this. Every single one of you. We are one world. We all need love. We all want comfort. Let’s give it to each other,” she wrote.

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In addition to honoring those who had lost their lives, some celebrities also spoke out against President Donald Trump.

When asked by reporters on Saturday morning whether the shooting should make lawmakers across the county want to revisit existing gun safety laws, Trump replied that the tragedy had “little to do with it,” CNN reported.

He went on to argue, “If there was an armed guard inside the temple, they would have been able to stop him.”

Vehemently disagreeing, former One Direction member Niall Horan argued that the better solution would be for there to be “no guns at all.”

“Trump kept saying in his chat with reporters that if there was an armed guard inside the synagogue that the ‘numbers’ would have been a lot lower. The fact is if there was no guns at all, there wouldn’t have been a shooter in the first place,” he wrote. “Get a grip.”

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Outspoken Trump critic Bette Midler wrote: “To the families of those who died in the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, my deepest and sincere sympathies. This horror is escalating day by day. If only we had LEADERSHIP that would actually take steps to stop it.”

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Other celebrities also urged people who were upset by gun violence to remember to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections, in order to increase the likelihood that politicians who want stricter gun safety laws get elected.

“Sending love to every single one of you who feels targeted by this administration. i’m with you. VOTE NOVEMBER 6TH,” wrote actress Zoe Kazan.

“The guns are the long arm of this racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, anti-LGBT administration. the laws & judges being put in place are the longest arm. vote. them. Out,” she added in a separate tweet.

This Is Us star Mandy Moore also urged anybody “feeling helpless and frustrated by this news” to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

“My heart goes out to all those affected by gun violence today and every day. Feeling helpless and frustrated by this news too? VOTE Nov 6th. VOTE. Use your voice,” she wrote, including #GunSenseCandidates.

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Trump has condemned the shooting as an act of anti-Semitism.

The suspect was taken into custody after surrendering to police, according to the Associated Press. City Councilwoman Erika Strassburger said the suspect was barricaded by police in the building prior to surrendering and that he was taken to the hospital, the New York Times reported.

The Pittsburgh Public Safety Department tweeted, “Families of shooting victims can call 412-432-4400 for news of their loved ones. A Victims Assistance Center has been set up at Chatham University, Berry Hall, 106 Berry Street.”


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Sarah Paulson Hides in a Box After Getting Scared Again on Ellen: ‘Worst Place on Earth’

If Ellen DeGeneres promises not to scare you on TV… don’t believe her.

The latest celebrity to fall victim to DeGeneres’ favorite talk show stunt is Sarah Paulson. While appearing on Ellen Monday to promote the upcoming Ocean’s 8, Paulson was skittish from the moment she sat down. (She was spooked no less than three times during her last appearance on the show.)

“The coast is clear — so far,” said Paulson, 43, after apprehensively checking out the hollow coffee table between the two chairs, which someone typically jumps out of in the middle of interviews to scare guests.

“I did ask for this mirror so I could check behind me at any chance,” she added, joking that she had considered conducting the entire interview facing the other way to make sure no one surprised her from backstage.

And while DeGeneres, 60, vowed she had no plans to scare the American Horror Story star, she couldn’t help but break her promise during a hilarious game of “5 Second Rule,” arranging for a staff member dressed as a clown (one of Paulson’s biggest fears) to jump out of the podium for another priceless fright.

“This is the worst place on earth,” called out Paulson, who promptly sought refuge in the hollow box. “I’m not coming out!”

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Jennifer Garner Fangirls Over Ellen Page’s Dancer Wife: ‘I Cannot Stop Watching’ Her

Jennifer Garner is fangirling over Ellen Page‘s wife.

The 46-year-old actress posted her appreciation for Page’s dancer wife Emma Portner on Instagram as part of her #TutuTuesday series. Garner praised the dancer for her magnetic choreography and applauded Portner for making her Juno costar dance a little.

“I cannot stop watching anything and everything @emmaportner choreographs—she’s even made a sometimes dancer of her wife (and my own #Juno) @ellenpage,” Garner wrote alongside a reposted video of Portner dancing.

She continued, “Emma has translated her classical training (@nbs_enband The #AileySchool) into a ground breaking, kinetic, edge of your seat vocabulary of movement. Her choreography is so specific—you don’t know if the music is driving her or if her dance is somehow creating the music.”

Garner also volunteered to be Page’s date to watch Portner dance when she choreographs the New York City Ballet in the winter.

“@nycballet just announced Portner as a guest choreographer for the company this winter. Ellen—if you need a date to the premiere,” she said before adding a hands up emoji.

Portner and Page first made their public debut in September 2017 and later surprised fans by secretly getting married. The two announced the happy news in matching Instagram posts in early January.

“Can’t believe I get to call this extraordinary woman my wife,” the Flatliners actress wrote on Instagram.


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Fans React to Camila Cabello Fake-Playing Guitar While Performing on Ellen

Camila Cabello’s performance on Ellen Wednesday provoked some quizzical tweets. The “Havana” singer, sexily made up in a black lace bustier with piles of pearls wrapped about her neck, sang her latest hit, “Never Be the Same.” Swinging forth a classic black and white electric guitar, the 21-year-old hitmaker strummed with passionate believability, only her guitar was seemingly disconnected and hence, inaudible.

Fans and foes lit up the Twitterverse with love — and snark. One viewer bitingly wrote: “Why do popstars pretend to play the guitar? It’s dishonest. Apparently she can play but this song doesn’t have any guitar in it. Anything for some rock cred eh?” Another tweeted: “I’m trying really hard to figure out why Camila Cabello, who clearly does not play the guitar, is using one as a stage prop…”

But her devoted fan base came to her defense:

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The former Fifth Harmony member, whose self-titled first solo album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, has not responded to the accusations.


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These Were The Cutest Kids On ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ This Season

Ellen DeGeneres is known for featuring some pretty awesome kids on her show.

This week, one of her favorites ― the “apparently kid,” Noah Ritter ― helped Ellen host the show, and he presented an awesome montage of adorable, hilarious and impressive clips featuring children from this season.

Watch the video above for the best kid moments from season 14 of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

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Fans Thank Ellen For The ‘Triumphant Moment’ She Came Out On TV

On Friday, Ellen DeGeneres celebrated the 20th anniversary of “The Puppy Episode,” in which her character on her sitcom, “Ellen,” came out as gay. 

The 1997 episode, which followed DeGeneres’s own coming out on the cover of Time magazine, helped pave the way for LGBTQ characters on mainstream TV. But even more importantly, it was an indelible moment for queer audiences everywhere, inspiring many viewers who had yet to come to terms with their sexuality to open up to their friends and family members.

On Friday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” fans recalled how “The Puppy Episode” impacted them in an emotional video. “I knew, in a way, that I was watching history,” said one, “but I didn’t know how much that was going to impact my own life.” Added another, “It was this huge feeling of relief. That was the very first time in my life that I didn’t feel alone.”

Others pointed to how risky the move in the years before shows like “Will & Grace” and “Modern Family” introduced more LGBTQ characters into the cultural lexicon. “It was like watching the Super Bowl. This was our Hail Mary as, I think, a gay community,” one fan noted. Another thanked DeGeneres for putting her career on the line to “not open doors, but to kick down doors and swing them flying open.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

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Ellen DeGeneres Shares Hilarious Trump-Inspired Children’s Books

Ellen DeGeneres knows what the next bedtime story hits will be.

On Tuesday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the host discussed the news that Chelsea Clinton wrote a children’s book about inspiring women titled, She Persisted. In light of this fact, DeGeneres noted, President Donald Trump will also be releasing some books for kids.

The comedian presented some satirical titles inspired by the Trump administration, including The Cat In the Make America Great Again Hat, Oh, The Places You Won’t Go (Because Of The Travel Ban) and more.

Bedtime will never be the same.

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Ellen Hosts Gay Iraqi Soldiers With A Heartbreakingly Beautiful Love Story

Two gay Iraqis who met, fell in love and fled their home country to be together made an appearance on Ellen this week. A film about their relationship premiered last year

“Out of Iraq” was filmed over the course of 13 years and follows the story of Nayyef, an Iraqi translator and Btoo, an Iraqi soldier. After Nayeef was forced to flee the country in 2009, the pair spent years trying to be reunited.

During their conversation, Nayyef, who is still not out to his family, told Ellen what he wishes his family knew about their relationship.

“I just want to tell them how much I love them, especially my mom, and I love her so much. But that’s me ― that’s how I came into the world ― and my happiness is with him. I want to spend all my life with him.”

Check out the “Ellen” appearance above and head here to read more about “Out of Iraq.”

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Watch Ellen Degeneres & Portia de Rossi Play The ‘Not-So-Newlywed’ Game

Seven years of marriage later, Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi are still very much in sync. 

On Wednesday’s episode of “Ellen,” the pair prove as much when they challenge fellow Hollywood couple, Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, to a round of the “Not-So-Newlywed” Game. 

In the video below, Degeneres is asked to name de Rossi’s celebrity crush and totally nails it: 

To see how they fared against their opponents, watch Wednesday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Check Ellentv.com for your local listings.

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Ellen Page Grills Ted Cruz While He Flips Pork At Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowans assume they’ll see plenty of familiar faces at their state fair as election season heats up, but witnessing a famous actress and a presidential candidate engage in a tense discussion over gay rights isn’t something most people expected.

As Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was grilling pork chops surrounded by media on Friday afternoon at the fair, actress Ellen Page, clad in a hat and oversized sunglasses, pushed her way to the front of the pack to ask the GOP presidential hopeful about discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

“LGBTQ people can be fired for just being gay, just being trans,” Page said. “How do you feel about that? That doesn’t sound very American to me.”

“At the end of the day, what we should not be doing is persecuting people,” Cruz replied, not appearing to recognize the Canadian actress.

 Watch the video above. 

Page sought out the exchange, which occurred hours before Cruz’s religious freedom rally, for her Vice show called “Gaycation,” in which she shows how LGBT culture is perceived around the world. The Canadian actress came out as gay last year.

“I’m happy to answer your question, but not to have a back-and-forth debate,” Cruz said following one of Page’s interruptions.

“Religious freedom was often used to justify LGBTQ discrimination,” Page said, comparing the Texas senator’s argument to the one used to justify segregation. “A lot of religious people use the Bible to defend segregation.”

Cruz debated with Page about whether private business owners can refuse to serve customers based on religious beliefs, utilizing hypothetical scenarios but also citing an example of an Iowa couple who lost business after they refused to allow a same-sex couple to have their wedding at their venue.

“They were driven out of business … they laid off their employees.” Cruz said while flipping pork chops over a grill. “That is fundamentally wrong. It’s inconsistent with who we are.”

The two then got into a debate about gay right around the world.

“ISIS is executing gay people,” Cruz said. “Iran is executing homosexuals. On the left, you hear complete silence.”

“That’s not true,” Page interrupted.

“And yet, the Obama administration is sending over 100 billion dollars to a regime that murders homosexuals. That is fundamentally wrong,” Cruz continued.

The confrontation lasted a little over six minutes, abruptly ending as Cruz expressed his disapproval of the Obama administration’s lack of action on behalf of LGBT people who are being persecuted in other countries.

“In Iran, it is the governmental body that is executing them for being homosexual, and why does the Obama administration not stand against it?” Cruz asked.

“I don’t know; I would love to talk to Obama about that,” Page replied.

“Well, good, then we are agreed on it,” Cruz responded.

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ED by Ellen DeGeneres’ Sellout Start

Within 24 hours of ED by Ellen DeGeneres, the lifestyle venture by DeGeneres and Christopher Burch, launch online at Edbyellen.com the site had more than 300,000 registered users and several sold out items including the Indigo Striped linens and pillows, white Cotton Bomber Jacket, Oversized Stripe Crew Neck Sweatshirt and Horsebit Cheese Knives Set.
The collection features women’s apparel, accessories and decorative home items, and other best sellers included the Original Dog Tee (DeGeneres loves animals) and embroidered bracelets with her signature “Love” and “Joy” sayings on them. The site got an ample social media boost from DeGeneres’ own Twitter feed (45.2 million followers) and celeb tweets from Madonna, Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian, Pharrell Williams, Ashton Kutcher, Neil Patrick Harris, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande and Kerry Washington. DeGeneres announced plans for ED last year, partnering with Burch, who has vast experience launching lifestyle lines, not all of them ending happily. Perhaps DeGeneres will prove to be his E. Wonder.

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Addressing Veteran Suicide Head-on: Q&A With Oscar Winner Ellen Goosenberg Kent

One number: 22. That’s all it took to transform Ellen Goosenberg Kent from a filmmaker to a woman on a mission. “When I heard that 22 veterans are killing themselves every day, I thought: This is outrageous. That’s almost one every hour. I had to do something,” she said. Goosenberg Kent was already a strong voice on veterans’ issues. In 2007 she partnered with the late James Gandolfini to create Alive Day Memories, a heartwrenching documentary in which soldiers from the Iraq War reflected on the days they almost died in combat.

But suicide, that was a silent epidemic, one that needed to be addressed head-on. “I kept thinking: How can I make that number real for people? When I learned about the Veterans Crisis Line,” a suicide hotline created by the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2007, “I realized that this was an opportunity, a chance to capture a glimmer of hope in a sea of suffering.”

The director convinced the V.A. to grant her access to the crisis line’s Canandaigua, NY., facility, where she spent the next three months filming trained responders as they answered calls from suicidal veterans, some of them armed and ready to act. Goosenberg Kent spliced her footage into a 40-minute film that crackles with a disquieting, nervous energy. The movie has more drama than any action picture released this year and a greater grasp of the soldier experience than most of the war films of the last decade.

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 premiered on HBO last November. In February it won the Oscar for Best Documentary (Short Subject). And today, Independence Day, as millions nationwide honor our vets, Americans have the chance to watch the film with family, through HBO Go, Google Play and Amazon Instant Video.

Goosenberg Kent spoke with me about her film, the importance of the suicide hotline, and what each of us can do to help our veterans.

Kors: I have to challenge you about that statistic: 22 veteran suicides a day. It comes from the V.A., and you cite it in the beginning of the film. But how can we possibly know a number like that?

Goosenberg Kent: It’s an estimate. We spent a lot of time trying to vet it. But it’s very difficult to reliably gather suicide statistics. My sense is that the real figure may be much larger, that veterans’ suicides are widely underreported. But even if it is just 22 — one is too many. So 22 is insane.

Kors: And yet your film spends no time casting blame, not on the administration, not on the V.A. It’s focused on the crisis hotline responders, who display such intelligence and empathy as they to talk these veterans down from the brink.

Goosenberg Kent: That’s right. There’s a lot of blame to go around when it comes to these suicides. And exploring who is to blame is important. But I realized, we had an opportunity here, a chance for a fresh perspective by focusing on the good guys, the responders who are using compassion, training and focus to save lives. As a filmmaker, I wanted to do more than present the problem. I wanted to offer a lifeline of hope. That’s what the Veterans Crisis Line is.

Kors: It’s Ground Zero for the epidemic.

Goosenberg Kent: Absolutely. At the call center, it’s wave after wave of veterans, alone, in the dark, crying out for help. You spend a little time there, and you really get the scope of the problem.

Kors: How did you get access to the facility?

Goosenberg Kent: Well, the V.A. had let the New York Times in for a piece they produced in 2010. But what we wanted was a whole different level of access. Basically, we wanted to embed, to be there for three or four months and just watch the place work, to hear the soldiers in crisis and watch the responders as they assist them.

Kors: That’s one of the amazing ironies of the film: it captures the voice of veterans better than so many other movies, and yet the only voices in the movie are the responders’, not the callers’.

Goosenberg Kent: Because the V.A. doesn’t tape the calls.

Kors: It doesn’t?

Goosenberg Kent: No, it doesn’t. That surprised us too. We thought it would be like 911, which records all of its calls. But veterans’ conversations with the responders are just between them. To get access to the call center, we had to commit to not taping those calls either. Which meant that, with one side of the conversation, we didn’t know what we had. We didn’t know if there was enough to make a film.

Then we came back from our first few days of shooting and watched the footage. There was a call from a 20-year-old veteran whose best friend died in his arms. Maureen, [one of the crisis hotline responders], talked to him in a way that was incredibly moving. He thought this life was over, and she was able to seize on his ambivalence, keep him from acting on his impulse. She bought him some time to reconsider living, to realize that he wasn’t responsible for his friend’s death. On another call, Luis, who was an Army sergeant before becoming a responder, he talked about going through combat in such a powerful way. The caller was crying so loudly, you could hear it over the phone. Luis was emphatic. He told him: “If you ever feel like this again, you pick up the phone.” I thought we were going to be hearing phone therapy, but wow, this was different.

Dana Perry, who produced the film, her son committed suicide. When we first got to call center and started watching the responders, she got so silent. I asked her what’s going on, and she said, “It never occurred to me to call a hotline. Maybe if he had a hotline on the day he killed himself, maybe he wouldn’t have done it.” I realized, this is a message we had to get out to military families: There’s a place you can call, a place where you can be heard.

Kors: Were you worried that your film would look like a 40-minute commercial for the V.A.?

Goosenberg Kent: I was. But the failures of the V.A. have been amply reported. I was more concerned that there was this hotline out there, a bright light with top-notch people ready to help, and many military families didn’t even know it existed.

Kors: It is amazing how many veterans I talk to who are in crisis but don’t know about the hotline or have never thought to call.

Goosenberg Kent: Exactly. The longer we filmed at the call center, the more urgency I felt to tell soldiers what a resource they had there. I remember one call, an Army sniper who said, “I saw a child get blown away.” He wasn’t able to tell that story to his buddies or his wife. But to the responder, he could. It was an amazing moment. It was the beginning of something.

Kors: In the film, none of the calls end in suicide. Did you film any calls that ended unsuccessfully?

Goosenberg Kent: No, we didn’t capture anything like that. I know that occasionally it does happens. But not as often as you might think. When it does, usually the responder will find out much later: “You took a call a few weeks ago from a Marine in crisis. He didn’t make it.” But that didn’t happen while we were there.

Kors: Recently the Crisis Line has drawn fire from vets who say they called, needing immediate assistance, and instead were put on hold. I know Senator Bill Nelson has been looking into this. Was this a problem that you saw during your time at the call center?

Goosenberg Kent: No, I didn’t see anything like that. Believe me, if I saw responders putting veterans on hold, I would not have ignored that. But that’s not how the call center is set up. Responders don’t have a queue, with blinking lights for callers they have to get to. The center has 255 responders. And when each of them is talking with a veteran, the calls are rolled over to backup centers, which are also staffed with trained responders. I met several of them.

Kors: Did you ever meet a veteran who called the Crisis Line?

Goosenberg Kent: I did. The New America Foundation was screening our film, and a veteran at the screening told me she called the Crisis Line. She had been sexually assaulted while serving and was struggling with that. She said the Crisis Line saved her. To hear that from a veteran, in person, it was wonderful. She said that after the call, she got herself to a better place and got involved with [the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America].

Kors: It is tough, though, for veterans to get to a place where they’re ready to call and ask for help.

Goosenberg Kent: I think it is. That’s part of the culture that I was hoping to chip away at, this idea that only the weak pick up the phone and ask for help. I remembering reading a series of articles about soldiers being bullied for seeking help, including soldiers at Fort Carson who were actively discouraged from seeking help. That was heartbreaking to me, and when I made this film, those articles very much in my mind. I wanted veterans to see that asking for help is actually a sign of strength. It’s an act of courage, one that doesn’t make you any less of a hero. In fact, it’s the beginning of getting your life back together.

Kors: Nonetheless, I bet a lot of civilians will see the movie and say, “It’s sad to hear that so many vets are in crisis. And it’s good that these responders are helping some of them. But either way, there’s not really anything I can do about it.”

Goosenberg Kent: No. That’s not true at all. In fact, that’s exactly the opposite of what I hope people will take from the film.

Kors: What do you want them to take from the film?

Goosenberg Kent: That they can be part of the solution. Even people with no training in psychology or counseling. You can ask a veteran how he’s doing. Let him know that you’re available to listen.

The worse feeling in the world is a sense of isolation. That’s what I learned from my time at the Crisis Line. You don’t have to have gone to war to understand pain or trauma, or empathy or understanding. The responders provide an example of how to open the lines of communications, how to be part of a conversation that all of us can engage in.

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During a visit to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Kristen Wiig shocked us. She — and DeGeneres! — claimed not to know the words to “Let It Go,” but since they’re both humans with ears, we find that hard to believe. DeGeneres suggested they try to sing the hit from Disney’s “Frozen.” Thus began our favorite celebrity karaoke session of the week. Bonus points to Wiig for dropping this knowledge: “Kids don’t know what fractals are.”


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Daytime Emmy Awards Honor Steve Harvey, Ellen DeGeneres And ‘The Young And The Restless’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Harvey and the soap opera “The Young and the Restless” were among the 41st annual Daytime Emmy winners.

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” received its eighth trophy as outstanding entertainment talk show at the awards ceremony Sunday in Beverly Hills. The “Steve Harvey” show was honored as outstanding informative talk show, while Harvey won as best game show host for “Family Feud.”

CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” captured six awards, including honors for best drama series and best lead actor for star Billy Miller. Eileen Davidson of NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” was named best drama series actress.

ABC’s “Good Morning America” won the best morning program Emmy.

The Daytime Emmys introduced new awards for Spanish-language shows. Trophies went to Telemundo’s “Un Nuevo Dia” as best morning program, to CNNE’s “Clix” as best entertainment show and to Rodner Figueroa of Univision’s “El Gordo y la Flaca” as best daytime talent in Spanish.

CBS, which received eight creative arts Daytime Emmys for technical achievements at a ceremony last week, emerged as the network leader with a total of 14 awards after Sunday’s ceremony.

PBS received a combined 13 awards, with six for HUB Network; five for TOLN.com; four for ABC and three for NBC.

The ceremony, which aired on the cable news channel HLN last year and in 2012 after losing its longtime home on the broadcast networks, this year settled for streaming the proceedings online. The change in fortune reflects the dwindling daytime audience and programming shifts.

Kathy Griffin hosted Sunday’s ceremony, with Billy Bush and Mario Lopez among the presenters.

Other winners were:

Talk show host (tie): Mehmet Oz, “Dr. Oz Show,” Katie Couric, “Katie.”

Entertainment news program (tie): “Entertainment Tonight,” ”Extra.”

New approaches drama series: “Venice the Series.”

Supporting actress in a drama series: Amelia Heinle, “The Young and the Restless.”

Supporting actor in a drama series: Eric Martsolf, “Days of Our Lives.”

Game show: “Jeopardy!”

Legal or courtroom program: “The People’s Court.”

Culinary program: “The Mind of a Chef.”

Culinary host: Bobby Flay, “Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction.”

Special class special: “The Young and the Restless: Jeanne Cooper Tribute.”

Younger actor in a drama series: Chandler Massey, “Days of Our Lives.”

Younger actress in a drama series: Hunter King, “The Young and the Restless.”

Drama series directing team: “One Life to Live.”

Drama series writing team: “The Young and the Restless.”
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Ellen Page Comes Out As Gay

Ellen Page, the star of the movie “Juno,” announced that she was gay before an audience at a Human Rights Campaign event in Las Vegas, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Human Rights Campaign posted the news on its Twitter account.

The 26-year-old actress told the crowd “I’m here today because I am gay,” adding “and because maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.”

Page was speaking at the Human Rights Campaign’s THRIVE conference, an event supporting LGBTQ youth. Page spoke of the pressures of a life in the spotlight, and the toll that celebrity can take on one’s life.

“It’s weird because here I am, an actress, representing — at least in some sense — an industry that places crushing standards on all of us,” the star of the upcoming movie “X-Men: Days of Future Past” said. “Not just young people, but everyone. Standards of beauty. Of a good life. Of success. Standards that, I hate to admit, have affected me.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Page expressed displeasure with gender stereotyping, and pointed to examples of “courage all around us,” including football player Michael Sam, “Orange Is the New Black” star Laverne Cox and musicians Tegan and Sara Quinn.

The Human Rights Campaign posted Page’s remarks online. Watch the amazing warm reception to her coming out at minute 5:20 in the video above posted by the Human Rights Campaign.

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Ellen DeGeneres Gives Heartfelt Farewell To Jay Leno On ‘The Tonight Show’ (VIDEO)

While Jay Leno isn’t set to exit “The Tonight Show” until next year, Ellen DeGeneres said her goodbyes on Wednesday night. After 32 prior appearances, this was going to be her final interview on Leno’s show before he leaves, and so she wanted to talk about what an impact he’s had on her life.

“You were so supportive all the time,” an emotional DeGeneres told him. “You always tried to help me in every way. Gave me great advice, gave me ideas with jokes and, actually, Jay is responsible for me being booked on ‘The Tonight Show’ with Johnny Carson, because you told the booker, Jim McCawley, to stay at The Improv and watch me. You said, ‘This girl’s great … so thank you very much for everything you’ve done. You’re amazing. You’re a good guy.”

She then presented Leno with a going away gift — a denim Snuggie. DeGeneres said that it combined his every day outfit of denim-on-denim with his new, retired lifestyle. She then ended her inteview with a kiss. It was a callback to when she came on “The Tonight Show” shortly after coming out publicly back in 1997 and planted a kiss on the host to prove that a kiss was just a kiss.

Of course, this may not be the last time the two get together. We’re pretty sure the door is open for Jay Leno to drop by “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” weekdays in syndication (check local listings). For now, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” continues on weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

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While Jay Leno isn’t set to exit “The Tonight Show” until next year, Ellen DeGeneres said her goodbyes on Wednesday night. After 32 prior appearances, this was going to be her final interview on Leno’s show before he leaves, and so she wanted to talk about what an impact he’s had on her life.

“You were so supportive all the time,” an emotional DeGeneres told him. “You always tried to help me in every way. Gave me great advice, gave me ideas with jokes and, actually, Jay is responsible for me being booked on ‘The Tonight Show’ with Johnny Carson, because you told the booker, Jim McCawley, to stay at The Improv and watch me. You said, ‘This girl’s great … so thank you very much for everything you’ve done. You’re amazing. You’re a good guy.”

She then presented Leno with a going away gift — a denim Snuggie. DeGeneres said that it combined his every day outfit of denim-on-denim with his new, retired lifestyle. She then ended her inteview with a kiss. It was a callback to when she came on “The Tonight Show” shortly after coming out publicly back in 1997 and planted a kiss on the host to prove that a kiss was just a kiss.

Of course, this may not be the last time the two get together. We’re pretty sure the door is open for Jay Leno to drop by “The Ellen Degeneres Show,” weekdays in syndication (check local listings). For now, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” continues on weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

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