Ellen DeGeneres did. On-screen, at least, America’s queen of daytime television niceties has remained consistent. Since the debut of her self-titled talk show in 2003, she has been cute, folksy and resolutely inoffensive.
A-listers flocked to her sofa because they knew they wouldn’t be given a hard time. Her comic persona has always been light and observational, no cracks of angst or comedic hostility.