If anyone could do this, it would be Ellen Degeneres. The comedian’s talk show will begin being broadcast in the mainland, making it the first American daytime talk show to ever do so.
According to SCMP, the eleventh season of Ellen will stream on demand on Sohu.com 48 hours after it airs in the US.
DeGeneres greeted her new audience with a “Ni hao, y’all” after announcing the deal on her show, adding that she wanted to learn more Chinese.
“It’s basically the same show, but it’ll have subtitles and it will be called the Happy Lady Dance Hour,” joked the 55-year-old comedian, who will also host the Oscars next month.
Online commenters were excited about the news and some noted DeGeneres’ pronunciation of “ni hao” sounded more like meow or the word for “to pee”.
“Ellen, are you sure you said ni hao?” asked one Weibo user.
Other commenters said that they had previously maneuvered the firewall to watch the show but the translations were never good. Users believe that the okayed broadcasting in China has to do with the rather tame (non-political) content of the show.
Netizens were likewise thrilled earlier this week upon the news that Lady Gaga’s new album POPART got the green light for sales in China despite some moderate alterations to her (lack of) outfit on the album cover. Baby steps.