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Who knew that 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' tickets came with so many rules when you’re in the audience? Let's take a look at the crazy rules.

Have tickets for ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’? These are the crazy rules

Who knew that The Ellen DeGeneres Show tickets came with so many rules when you’re in the audience? While we don’t think that there will be a full audience for The Ellen DeGeneres Show again, you know whenever the show goes back to its studio, there are certainly a lot of rules attached to the tickets. 

But what kind of restrictions and rules come with tickets to The Ellen DeGeneres Show? For those of you who are curious about the crazy rules that come with being in the audience for the season, here is what to expect. Honestly, it makes you wonder if it’s even worth being in the audience. 


Anyone who had to deal with uniforms or dress codes are probably wincing in unison. Basically, when you purchase tickets to The Ellen DeGeneres Show, you’re agreeing to wear “business casual” or “trendy” clothing to the taping. Whatever that means. Also, it’s only ages 14 years or over that can attend the taping.

Not unreasonable rules here. Though you have to wonder how to define “trendy” clothing. Of course, there are other clothing rules: black and white clothes must be paired with bright colors, no group coordinated outfits, no big logos on clothes, and a light jacket is recommended. You don’t meet these requirements, then you’re not allowed in.


Okay, so there are three levels of seating for The Ellen DeGeneres Show tickets: VIPs, Next Guaranteed, and standby. VIPs go in first with guaranteed seating. Then there are two groups of “next guaranteed” that follow the VIPs. For the seats that are left? It’s a first come, first serve basis. If you can’t get in, then you can go to “Riff Raff Room” to watch live, unedited feed from the studio.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show makes sure to overbook in order to guarantee that the audience will be filled. So make sure you get there early with your group for a spot in the audience if you don’t have a guaranteed ticket. Speaking of, you won’t know the guest when you get your tickets. This way people can’t cherry-pick who they want to see on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.


Obviously, good is not allowed inside The Ellen DeGeneres Show studio. Be sure that you have eaten and are hydrated before you head inside. Treat going inside the studio like being on an airplane: no sharp objects, weapons, or mace are allowed inside. Also not allowed in? Cameras. 

Audience members must turn their phones completely off. If somehow you have an item confiscated, the staff isn’t responsible for it if it gets lost and/or broken. So better just to make sure that you don’t break these rules and not risk your stuff getting harmed.


You can give a gift to Ellen, but you have to notify a staff member. The item will be screened, if safe it will be given to Ellen. Based on previous stories, including one about a 15-year-old who made Ellen a bust of herself, Ellen may or may not use these gifts as props on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. You already paid for a ticket, you don’t need to get her more stuff.

Autographs are a no go here. Now, this makes sense. After all, if one person gets an autograph, then everyone has to get an autograph. That would take a pretty long time. There’s only so many hours of filming in a day. Don’t expect any hugs either. What you can expect is dancing, a lot of it, so get ready to move. 

That’s pretty much all the rules that you need to follow if you want to score tickets to The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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  • This is the same for all shows not just Ellen’s. At least they don’t Separate people into groups of who will be on camera and who they don’t want on camera. I was at a taping of a different show twice and they seated people together based on looks. The “pretty people ” were grouped together where they were be shown on camera the most and the less pretty people and older people were placed to the side and back. So they told each person where to sit.

    August 13, 2020
    • Dear Ellen I’m a first Repond working in Er department in New Jersey and I very scary for me I been sick for over 30 yrs and it ver devastated with the Covid 19 I Pray and Pray for my coworker and ask The Lord to continue to Bless me it very hard I can’t even hug my granddaughter and I was married to veterans he past with cancer in the same place I work Prayer is what holding me up thank You Ellen for watching you on tv making me lolo after a hard day after work so much anxiety in this world I’m a world Aid Dec 1?

      November 13, 2020
  • Not worth my time or money to go to the Ellen show. She’s not all that anymore. She should go on and call it a day!!

    August 14, 2020

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