Based on segments from DeGeneres’ daytime talk show, Game of Games puts contestants through a series of challenges in pursuit of a cash prize. Pulled right from the audience, players maneuver obstacles and answer trivia questions under a crushing time frame.
Currently one of the most watched shows of the 2017-18 season, the second season premiere drew a 1.5 rating, ranking well for new alternative shows among 18-49-year-olds. DeGeneres serves as host and executive producer of the one-hour game show, serving up her accessible humor and clever trivia ‘tasks’.
“I’m so excited to get to do another season because I’m not just the producer and host, I’m also a loyal viewer,” says DeGeneres. “I hope this can continue to be a show that families can come together and enjoy watching as much as I enjoy hosting. I don’t want to say this next season is gonna be even messier, but I have invested heavily into a whipped cream company.”
The decision comes weeks after DeGeneres’s attempt to play peacemaker between the Academy and Kevin Hart. Hart, who stepped down as Oscars host last month, appeared on Ellen to promote his new film The Upside—though many saw it as an attempt to win back the public’s support.
DeGeneres went on to defend the Night School star saying, “As a gay person, I am sensitive to all of that. You’ve already expressed that it’s not being educated on the subject, not realizing how dangerous those words are, not realizing how many kids are being killed for being gay or beaten up every day. You have grown.” Her defense led to mixed reactions, including criticisms from within the LGBTQ community.
She added, “You have apologized, you are apologizing again right now. You’ve done it. Don’t let those people win—host the Oscars.” Despite the advocacy and Twitter comments, Hart made the decision to not host this year.
Episodes of Ellen’s Game of Games are aired on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC.