Not many of us would willingly share a snap of ourselves in our awkward teenage years, but Ellen DeGeneres had good reason to show off one of hers.
The US comedian, 59, tweeted a photograph of herself looking near-unrecognisable at the age of 15, in celebration of the 15th season of her hit talk show Ellen.
The show is one of the top three daytime talk shows in the US, with more than four million viewers for each episode. As tv-release-dates.com points out, DeGeneres also posts her show on YouTube, where it’s one of the most subscribed channels.
“It is well-loved critically by viewers and critics as well, with a strong 7.3 among audiences in IMBD,” the site notes, putting the rating in perspective by noting that even Oprah Winfrey’s eponymous show scored just a 5-rating.
Plenty of fans responded to DeGeneres’ request by tweeting photographs of themselves at the age of 15, complete with big prom dresses, thick glasses, and bad perms. Amazingly, at least a couple of male viewers actually looked like the comedian herself.
Degeneres, meanwhile, promised plenty of celebrity action on the upcoming season, with appearances by Miley Cyrus, Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon and more. The new season of Ellen starts next Tuesday in the US.