The Ellen DeGeneres Show nominated for 12 gongs at the Emmys... as host gets set to compete against Sharon Osbourne

In nearly nine years on the air, The Ellen DeGeneres show has won legions of fans and an impressive 32 Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards.

But it seems the show is stronger than ever as it has been nominated for an astonishing 12 gongs at this year’s ceremony.

The 12 nods leave Ellen with the highest number for a chat show this year, with Oprah Winfrey’s series up for four awards.

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Something to celebrate: The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been nominated for 12 gongs and the Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards

Something to celebrate: The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been nominated for 12 gongs and the Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards

Ellen’s show will compete against the likes of Sharon Osbourne for her show The Talk, as well as Live! With Regis and Kelly and The View for the Outstanding Talk Show gong at the ceremony, which will take place on June 23.

Ellen took to Twitter to express her delight at the nods, and even poked fun at the large number of accolades the programme is nominated for.

She wrote: ‘I'm happy to say our show was nominated for 12 Emmys. We were only eligible for 9, so that's quite an accomplishment.’

Competition: Oprah Winfrey's show received four nods while Sharon Osbourne's The Talk is up against Ellen in the Outstanding Talk Show category
Competition: Oprah Winfrey's show received four nods while Sharon Osbourne's The Talk is up against Ellen in the Outstanding Talk Show category

Competition: Oprah Winfrey's show received four nods while Sharon Osbourne's The Talk is up against Ellen in the Outstanding Talk Show category

Eyes on the prize: Ellen's hit show is also up against Live! With Regis and Kelly

Eyes on the prize: Ellen's hit show is also up against Live! With Regis and Kelly

The Ellen DeGeneres show is up for a range of awards including those in directing, set design, costume, make-up and lighting.

The biggest number of nominations this year went to General Hospital, who received a whopping 23 nods.

The ceremony will also see The View producer Bill Geddie receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his services to the TV industry as a producer, writer and director spanning 30 years.

Still a firm favourite: Sesame Street leads the children's television shows with 16 nods

Still a firm favourite: Sesame Street leads the children's television shows with 16 nods

Delighted: Ellen took to Twitter to express her excitement over the 12 nominations

Delighted: Ellen took to Twitter to express her excitement over the 12 nominations

Chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Malachy Wienges said in a statement: ‘Bill Geddie is an icon in the television industry.

‘When he and Barbara Walters created The View 15 years ago, they introduced a new and innovative daytime television talk show format.

‘We at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences are proud to have Bill receive our 2012 Daytime Lifetime Achievement Award.

Meanwhile Sesame Street dominates the board for awards in children’s television, with 16 nods including Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series.

Celebrity guest: Ellen welcomed country music star Carrie Underwood onto her show today

Celebrity guest: Ellen welcomed country music star Carrie Underwood onto her show today

Famous faces: Ellen has legions of fans and many celebrity admirers
Famous faces: Ellen has legions of fans and many celebrity admirers

Famous faces: Ellen has legions of fans and many celebrity admirers

2012 DAYTIME ENTERTAINMENT EMMY AWARDS NOMINEES

Outstanding Drama Series
'All My Children' (ABC)
'Days of Our Lives' (NBC)
'General Hospital' (ABC)
'The Young and the Restless' (CBS)

Outstanding Children's Animated Programme
'Curious George' (PBS)
'Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness' (Nickelodeon)
'Peep & The Big Wide World' (PBS)
'Penguins of Madagascar' (Nickelodeon)
'Sid the Science Kid' (PBS)
'SpongeBob SquarePants' (Nickelodeon)

Outstanding Children's Series
'Biz Kid$' (PBS)
'Born To Explore' (ABC)
'The Electric Company' (PBS)
'Everyday Health' (Syndicated)
'Jack Hanna's Into the Wild' (Syndicated)

Outstanding Commercial
Just Dance 3 / 'Jersey Shore' (MTV)
MiO / 'The Seven' (MTV)

Outstanding Culinary Program
'Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction' (Food Network)
'Giada At Home' (Food Network)
'Guy's Big Bite' (Food Network)
'Sandwich King' (Food Network)

Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show
'BrainSurge' (Nickelodeon)
'Cash Cab' (Discovery Channel)
'Jeopardy!' (SYNDICATED)
'Let's Make A Deal' (CBS)
'Wheel of Fortune' (SYNDICATED)
'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' (SYNDICATED)

Outstanding Legal/ Courtroom Programme
'America's Court With Judge Ross'
'Judge Joe Brown'
'Last Shot With Judge Gunn'
'We the People With Gloria Allred'

Outstanding Lifestyle Programme
'Cars.TV'
'Chop Cut Rebuild'
'The Martha Stewart Show'
'My Generation'
'Rough Cut'

Outstanding Morning Programme
'Good Morning America'
'TODAY'

Daytime Entertainment: New Approaches
'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'
'Take This Lollipop'
'The Clarence Update - The Bold and the Beautiful'
'TODAY'

Daytime Children's: New Approaches
'Cyberchase'
'Design Squad'
'Fizzy's Lunch Lab'
'Noah Comprende'

Outstanding Preschool Children's Series
'3rd & Bird!'
'Sesame Street'
'Super WHY!'
'The Wonder Pets!'
'Yo Gabba Gabba!'

Outstanding Morning Programme
'Good Morning America' (ABC)
'Today' (NBC)
Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment
'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'
'Live With Regis and Kelly'
'The Talk'
'The View'

Outstanding Talk Show/Informative
'Anderson'
'The Dr. Oz Show'
'The Doctors'

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Crystal Chappell, 'Days of our Lives'
Debbie Morgan, 'All My Children'
Erika Slezak, 'One Life to Live'
Heather Tom, 'The Bold and the Beautiful'
Laura Wright, 'General Hospital'

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Maurice Bernard, 'General Hospital'
Anthony Geary, 'General Hospital'
John McCook, 'The Bold and the Beautiful,'
Darnell Williams, as Jesse Hubbard on 'All My Children'
Robert S. Woods, as Bo Buchanan on 'One Life to Live'

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Melissa Claire Egan, 'All My Children'
Genie Francis, 'The Young and the Restless'
Nancy Lee Grahn, 'General Hospital'
Elizabeth Hendrickson, 'The Young and the Restless'
Rebecca Herbst, 'General Hospital'

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Bradford Anderson,' General Hospital'
Matthew Ashford, 'Days of Our Lives'
Sean Blakemore, 'General Hospital'
Jonathan Jackson, 'General Hospital'
Jason Thompson, 'General Hospital'

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series
Molly Burnett, 'Days of Our Lives'
Shelley Hennig, 'Days of Our Lives'
Christel Khalil, 'The Young and the Restless'
Jacqueline MacInnes Wood, 'The Bold and the Beautiful'

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series
Eddie Anderson, 'One Life to Live'
Chad Duell, 'General Hospital'
Chandler Massey, 'Days of Our Lives'
Nathan Parsons, 'General Hospital'

Outstanding Game Show Host
Ben Bailey, 'Cash Cab'
Todd Newton, 'Family Game Night'
Wayne Brady, 'Let's Make a Deal'
Meredith Vieira, 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'

Outstanding Lifestyle/Culinary Host
Giada De Laurentis, 'Giada at Home'
Rick Bayless, 'Mexico One Plate at a Time With Rick Bayless'
Nate Berkus, 'The Nate Berkus Show'
Paula Deen, 'Paula's Best Dishes'
Sandra Lee, 'Semi-Homemade Cooking With Sandra Lee'

Outstanding Talk Show Host
Anderson Cooper, 'Anderson'
Dr. Mehmet Oz, 'The Dr. Oz Show'
Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, 'Live With Regis and Kelly'
Rachael Ray, 'Rachael Ray'
Dr. Lisa Masterson, Jillian Michales, Dr. Andrew Ordon, Dr. Jim Sears, Dr. Travis Stork, and Wendy Walsh, 'The Doctors'


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