The talk show
must go on. Ellen DeGeneres, who injured her back over the
weekend, is hosting her syndicated talk show from a hospital
bed on the set.
''No, I'm not
being lazy,'' DeGeneres, 49, told her TV audience on
Tuesday. ''I'm forced to bed rest right now.... And let me
just start by saying, I'm on pills.''
DeGeneres--wearing a pajama-like top and a blanket
over her legs--said she ''tore a ligament and
did something to something else'' on Sunday when
leaning over to pick up her dog in her kitchen and as a
result, isn't able to ''sit, to move, or to do
''This is not a
sweeps stunt.... This is not like what Regis [Philbin]
did--that whole bypass surgery,'' she joked.
All guests sat
upright in separate adjustable beds on Tuesday's show.
The first guest
was Ryan Seacrest, who was wheeled out onstage. ''This is
a first for me to be in bed with you,'' the American
Idol host told DeGeneres, who said she'd like to
find him a girlfriend.
Also making an
appearance was DeGeneres's doctor, Fred Lerner, who said
he expected she would stay in bed for about a week. "I'm
hoping in a few weeks we can see you dance here," he