Ellen Degeneres has described her daytime chat show as a ''second chance'' and revealed she has signed up for another three years on air.

The 61-year-old star reflected on 16 years hosting the popular show and admitted the self-titled programme brought her back from a career break of sorts five years after her Ellen sitcom was cancelled in 1998.

Speaking during Tuesday's episode, Degeneres told the audience: ''This show was my second chance... and it turns out it also helped other people go through a tough time. That's why I'm going to keep doing this show.''

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The TV personality revealed she has signed on for another three years of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

She said: ''I've been doing this show for 16 years, that's about 3,000 episodes. I don't remember them but I'm told they were enjoyable.

''From the beginning I said this show was going to be like a relationship. We have been through the good, the bad, the Fifty Shades of Grey phase.

''It's been a lot of fun and 16 years has been a pretty good run. Sometimes, in a relationship, you need to take a break. But I don't! You're stuck with me, because I just signed for three more years.''

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