Down, Not Out: Ellen DeGeneres Hosts Talk Show From Bed

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Portia de Rossi should be proud. Her lover is quite the trooper.

Despite an injured back, Ellen DeGeneres is hosting shows this week from a hospital bed on the stage.

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The host of the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show said during Monday's taping she was placed on bed rest after she hurt herself Sunday when she leaned over to pick up her dog in her kitchen.

"I felt a tear," said DeGeneres on the show with guest Ryan Seacrest that aired this morning. "I tore a ligament and did something to something else. That's what happened and they said that I'm not able to sit, to move or to do anything."

While lying in her adjustable bed, DeGeneres introduced to the audience her doctor, Fred Lerner, and the emergency room technician who treated her, Frankie Conrad.

After the show with Seacrest, DeGeneres arranged to tape a second program Monday with a guest that knows all about lying on her back in bed: Lindsay Lohan. It airs Wednesday.

Because she can't travel, DeGeneres postponed a much-promoted show aboard an airplane from Los Angeles to New York that was to tape Thursday. She also canceled a May 5 trip to Chicago for a Make-a-Wish Foundation charity event. Fortunately, other charitable endeavors by celebrities are still a go:

Kristine Lefebvre raises cervical cancer awareness in Playboy on Friday.

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I’m thrilled that the California supreme court overturned the ban on gay marriage. I can’t wait to get married. We all deserve the same rights, and I believe that someday we’ll look back on this and not allowing gays to marry will seem as absurd as not allowing women to vote.

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