Watch Ellen and Nicki Minaj give unsuspecting fans surprise of a lifetime

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” returns for Season 16 with host Ellen DeGeneres kicking off premiere week on Tuesday at 3 p.m. on CBS 6 with even more fun, unparalleled generosity, and a daily dose of laughter, coupled with a star-studded roster of guests.

In the premiere episode, the queen of daytime will sit down with the queen of hip-hop debuting her neon orange hair, Nicki Minaj. Once again Ellen gets Nicki to open up about her love life and how she feels about being single for the first time since she was 15-years-old.

Tune-in to the full premiere episode for much more with Nicki Minaj including a medley of songs from her new album, “Queen.” Plus, don’t miss as Ellen and Nicki give deserving and unsuspecting fans the ultimate surprise of a lifetime!

Watch a sneak peek in the video player above: Nicki Minaj on why she doesn't need a man

In this photo released by Warner Bros., talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is seen during a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, Calif. (Photo by Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.)


Premiere week continues with one of Hollywood’s favorite leading men Mark Wahlberg who will chat about his upcoming comedy, “Instant Family,” and John David Washington who will discuss his break out role in the critically acclaimed summer film, “BlacKkKlansman.”

Then, legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac will take the stage for an exclusive and rare performance of two of their classic hit songs prior to their North American tour. This marks the band’s first appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and their first TV appearance with new members Mike Campbell and Neil Finn.


The multi-talented actress Anna Kendrick will dish about her upcoming mystery thriller, “A Simple Favor,” followed by writer, director, and producer of “BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee, who will discuss his box office hit.


Music icon Cher will join Ellen for a sit-down interview and an exclusive special performance of “SOS” from her upcoming ABBA tribute album, “Dancing Queen,” on Friday, Sept. 7.

Next Week 

Additional upcoming guests include “GMA Day” co-hosts Michael Strahan and Sara Haines on Monday, Sept. 10, as well as 7-year-old Dalton Dailey from Berea, KY to talk about his viral video dancing to Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack” in his bathroom, which is under construction.

The week continues with “America’s Got Talent” judge Heidi Klum and “The Predator” star Olivia Munn on Tuesday, Sept. 11 .

Then, Ellen will be joined by one of the all-time greatest NBA players and newly-minted Los Angeles Laker, Lebron James, along with Hollywood hunk Channing Tatum who will discuss their upcoming animated film, “Smallfoot,” on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The following day, Thursday, Sept. 13, talented actress and mother-of-two Kristen Bell will chat about Season 2 of her ellentube original digital series, “Momsplaining,” where she gives advice about motherhood, and her NBC comedy, “The Good Place.”

The week will wrap up with the hilarious “Saturday Night Live” stars and “Primetime Emmy Awards” co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che on Friday, Sept. 14.

In this photo released by Warner Bros., talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is seen during a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, Calif. (Photo by Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.)

Season 16 is HERE! I've been waiting all summer to welcome you back, and have I got an exciting first guest for you – it's Nicki Minaj! She's here for my premiere show, and she is not holding back on anything. I can't wait for you to see that.

I've also got CHER! She's here to talk with me and to perform! If you're still in summer vacation mode, that oughta help you snap out of it.

Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke had a huge impact this summer in a speech about the NFL players taking a knee during the National Anthem. It's been viewed over 28 million times, and he's here this week to talk with me.

One of the most talented people around, Mark Wahlberg is here to tell me about his new movie, "Instant Family." I don't know much about instant families, but I know instant noodles, and so I bet this is gonna be delicious.

I'm also excited to catch you up on two amazing things that happened to me over the summer. First, I went to Africa. Second, I taped a brand new comedy special for Netflix! I have a lot of big news about both, so make sure you're watching Tuesday!

That sounds like one heck of a premiere week, but I'm not finished yet! I've also got the brilliant director Spike Lee, the very talented Anna Kendrick, and FLEETWOOD MAC IS GONNA PERFORM!

See you there.

Ellen DeGeneres

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