March 21, 2017
Comedian and daytime television talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is doing *something* in Philly Wednesday. What is that something? We have no idea.
In a semi-ominous tweet Monday night, DeGeneres said that she'll be "shutting down a couple of blocks" on Walnut Street, adding that whatever she's doing is going to be fun.
I’m going to shut down a couple of blocks on Walnut St. in #Philly. If you’re free on Wednesday, it’s gonna be fun.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 21, 2017
In an email, city spokesperson Ajeenah Amir said that Walnut Street from Broad to 17th streets would be shut down for the "live remote" event, starting at 2 p.m. The closure will be lifted by 7 p.m.
Here's the thing though: DeGeneres herself won't be in Philly. She clarified as much in a followup tweet Tuesday morning, although she will be "connecting" with her fans in the city via satellite, a representative of the Philadelphia Film Office told Philly.com.
DeGeneres also tweeted later in the afternoon that fans of the show "better be free" at 4 p.m. if they want to appear on the talk show.
Tomorrow I'm sending some of my crew to #Philly for a live shot on Walnut Street. Y'all are gonna look great on my show.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 21, 2017
I don't know what you've got going on tomorrow, #Philly, but you better be free at 4pm... that is, if you wanna be on my show.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 21, 2017
We'll update this post if we find any additional information on the event.