It's looking like its finally going to happen - Ellen DeGeneres is heading to Australia along with 400 of her audience members.
The talk show host filmed a special episode of her sydicated hit today in Los Angeles, with our spies telling Guidetogay.com that the Ellen show will tape on March 15/16. (Only a fortnight after Sydney's world famous Mardi Gras/Gay Pride cleebrations)
Ellen announced during the show that she would travel to Australia for a holiday with her Australian partner, Portia de Rossi.
Audience members at the taping - which was also attended by Golden Globe nominee, Nicole Kidman, have been given a return ticket to Sydney or Melbourne to use in the next 12 months as well as accommodation.
Its the first time Ellen will have visited Australia - and is set to send the entertainment and gay markets into a frenzy - a boost for local tourism if she does anything near to what Oprah Winfrey did during her tourism based vist a couple of years ago.
At time of going to press, our spies could not confirm if Ellen and Portia will be in Sydney for Mardi Gras - we will keep you updated of course on any advances in the story as they come to hand.