US TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres says she plans to tape a lot of segments outside during her upcoming trip to Australia.
DeGeneres is bringing her top-rating show here next month, and will shoot scenes in Sydney and Melbourne, to air in the US in April.
"I can’t wait to run around the city and I’m going to find fun things to do and tape pieces outside," she told Tracy Grimshaw in an interview on A Current Affair.
"We’re going to show off that beautiful country. I’ve been looking forward to going to Australia my whole life and I can’t believe I haven’t been there."
DeGeneres is married to Australian actress Portia de Rossi.
"I’m from New Orleans and she’s always talked about how similar New Orleans and Melbourne are.
"She’s told me about one pub she used to go to all the time so she wants me to go to this pub she loves."
DeGeneres joked she would reveal the name of the pub after she had left.
She also spoke about the setback to her career after she revealed her lesbian sexual orientation back in late 1997.
"I think there are a lot of people who still don’t get it, and are still very scared of it and fearful and that’s a shame," she said.
But whether some people get it or not, she has clawed her way back at the top of her profession, although it took a long time.
She says she deliberately stays away from mean-spirited humour, especially after experiencing the reality of almost losing her career.
"I don’t ever want anyone to get hurt by what I’m saying," she said.