The city of Niagara Falls has sent an invitation to The Ellen DeGeneres Show in hopes the popular talk show and its host will visit Canada and broadcast from the city.
In June of 2017, Niagara Falls city council supported a move to invite other talk shows to broadcast live from the city, following the success of the on-location broadcast of Live with Kelly and Ryan in 2017, which drew crowds of more than 6,000 people to Oakes Garden Theatre to view the two days of live tapings.
Hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest enjoyed attractions and highlights of Niagara Falls and the region during their stay and broadcasted their experience to a world-wide audience of more than five-million people, according to a city media release.
In addition to a formal invitation sent to the Ellen Show’s producers, the city release a video invitation Wednesday on social media.
The city is asking for the assistance of the public far and wide to help share, post and tag The Ellen Show and use the hashtag #WeAreReady4Ellenand, with the goal of gaining the show's attention.
“The opportunity this presents for Niagara Falls is mega. It’s bigger than big. We are the natural place for Ellen in the north. We’re fun, light-hearted, and a place where people come to play,” said Jim Diodati, mayor of Niagara Falls.
“We think this is the perfect place for Ellen to bring her show and we would be honoured to be the first location in Canada that she might do that.”
He is encouraging all who agree to post, tag and share the message.
“Let’s show The Ellen Show that we are ready for her and would welcome her with open arms,” he said.
The video is posted on the city’s website at www.niagarafalls.ca.