|The program combines comedy, celebrity and musical guests and human-interest stories. The program is not characterized as tabloid talk show, nor does it involve experts giving advice in regards to personal relationships.
A popular staff member, aspiring stunt man Houston Rose, frequently featured during the first broadcast year. In a segment called “Have Houston Do It For You,” he was sent to people’s homes to help wit tasks like putting up Christmas decorations or remodeling a bathroom. Other staff members included Jeff Cosgrave, who was set up on a variety of blind dates; Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner, her executive producers on the floor; Robert, her crooning prop master; Kevin the game show host; Jim, her PA; and Andy, the prize guy.
DeGeneres decided to abstain from doing a monologue on her show during the strike. Her show continued production as normal with the exception of her monologue being omitted. The WGAE issued a statement condemning DeGeneres, stating he was “not welcome in NY.” DeGeneres’s representatives asserted that she did not violate the WGA’s agreement, arguing that she is competing with other first-run syndicated shows like Dr. Phil and Live with Regis and Kelly during the competitive November sweeps period, and that DeGeneres must fulfill her duties as host and producer, lest her show lose its time slot or be held in breach of contract. In addition, a statement defending DeGeneres was subsequently issued by AFTRA, pointing out at DeGeneres also works under the AFTRA TV Code, which bars her from striking. The WGAE then issued a response pointing out that DeGeneres is also a Writers Guild member, and that any writing work she did on her show during the strike constituted struck work.