Ellen DeGeneres and Adam Rippon are reportedly set to make their own TV show
Ellen DeGeneres is reportedly teaming up with Olympian Adam Rippon for an unscripted TV programme.
In what would be an incredible partnership between two of America’s most lovable sweethearts, the TV host and bronze medal-winning ice skater are set to spearhead a reality show, according to Page Six.
A source told the publication that Rippon will “be producing a reality show with Ellen.
“The details are ‘TBD,’ but they are partnering.”
They added: “He gave his first televised interview after the Olympics to Ellen, and now they’re going into business together.
“During the Olympics, she reached out to him and had to meet him.”
When Rippon appeared on DeGeneres’ show, he revealed his celebrity crush and told her that being with her on TV was a dream come true.
“I’ve been wanting to be on this show and meet you since – I was born 28 years ago, so maybe for 27 of them, at least, I’ve been wanting to be here, so this – this is it,” he said to applause.
And in an interview with People Magazine yesterday, Rippon spoke about his ambitions for a career in TV.
“I want to be on television,” the skater said. “I really like engaging with people, I really like making people laugh.”
Speaking about DeGeneres, he said: “When I was young and coming out, I really looked to her story because I felt like in her career she faced… backlash for coming out and there was a push against her.
“She kept her head down and she worked hard and now she’s one of the most recognisable and beloved people in America.”
“I think she’s funny, I think she’s engaging,” he added.
“And I had the chance to meet her and be on her show and I was like, ‘I love this.’ I think she is so great and she has followed a path that I would love to follow.”
He said that eventually, “I want people to be like, ‘Adam Rippon is hilarious and we love him and did you know that he went to the Olympics?’”
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The Olympic figure skater had a spectacular Games on and off the ice while becoming – as he put it – “America’s sweetheart.”
He won a bronze medal as Eric Radford was becoming the first ever openly gay man to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics.
Rippon was also embroiled in Sally Field’s attempts to set him up with her son, director Sam Greisman, during the Winter Games.