Truth be told, we're not fully ready to accept a new dance partner.
Ellen DeGeneres' May 12 announcement that she will be hanging up her sneaks in 2022 is still pretty fresh. And the veteran daytime host—who's helmed her namesake show since 2003—promises we're in for one hell of a finale. "Every day will be a celebration," she vowed of season 19, premiering this fall. "There will be a lot of surprises. There will be trips down memory lane. We still have a lot of celebrating to do this season."
But once she takes that final bow next spring we're going to have an opening on our metaphorical dance cards and television networks will have a gaping hole in their afternoon lineups. So while it's unlikely anyone new will be filling DeGeneres' white armchair—it's called The Ellen DeGeneres Show, after all—someone (realistically, many someones) is certain to take a stab at daytime talk show dominance.
Within hours of DeGeneres' announcement, #ReplacementsForEllen began trending on Twitter, with everyone from Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon to Betty White to Miss Piggy getting a vote. (That last one may have been said in jest, but, like, we don't hate it?)
"There are celebrities out there who have said to themselves, 'You know, I'd like to do a talk show one day,' but have never gone there because they do their other things," Mort Marcus, co-president of television syndication company Debmar-Mercury, recently told The Hollywood Reporter. "Their agents are likely calling them now, saying, 'You still want to do that talk show? It might be a good time to have that conversation.'"
Which means it's definitely a good time for us to talk about who we (and every other fan of daytime TV) would like to see peppering our favorite celebrities with the questions only a true Hollywood insider can get away with asking. And, no, we didn't include Oprah Winfrey. She's got a pretty sweet gig helming her own television network and getting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to spill all of that royal tea.