The year of the Ellen DeGeneres snub


Entertainment Weekly just published its list of “The 25 Smartest People in TV” and The Hollywood Reporter gave us their “Power 100 Women in Entertainment” list. Now, I could delve into a philosophical discussion of the differences between “smart” and “powerful,” but I’m not feeling that philosophical right now. So I’ll just point out the most glaring omission from both lists.

How is it possible that Ellen dos not appear in either list? I still don’t really understand how Entertainment Weekly defines “smart” — it seems to be some combination of successful and savvy — but I have to believe that Ellen fits their definition. I mean, she came back from oblivion to helm a highly rated talk show that’s won 25 Daytime Emmy Awards.

I would think this would make her powerful as well. She’s not just the star of her show, she’s an executive producer. She was also the second woman to host the Academy Awards as a solo gig. Plus she’s got a hot, blond wife, which is certainly a symbol of power in Hollywood.

The Ellen omission aside, these lists are pretty interesting, and the female representation on the Entertainment Weekly list is amazing for them. (Women comprise 45% of this list and 30% of the top 10.) And not surprisingly, there’s a fair amount of overlap between the two lists. favorite Tina Fey is the second smartest person in TV and the 51st most powerful woman in entertainment! It is a pleasure to see her get the recognition she deserves.

In the category of “Completely Obvious,” Oprah is ranked sixth in smarts, and reigns as the most powerful woman in entertainment.

And Tyra Banks, lauded as “in the running towards becoming America’s next top TV mogul” comes in at 23 on the EW list and 36 on the Hollywood Reporter list.

I don’t watch any of the shows she hosts or produces, so I cannot really comment on this one.

The other women who appear on both lists are executives Nancy Tellem (EW: 3, Hollywood Reporter: 4) and Lauren Zalaznick (EW: 22, Hollywood Reporter: 17).

Amazingly, in addition to the five women I’ve already cited, the Entertainment Weekly list still has a few more. Given that “people” usually translates as “men” on EW lists, I’m impressed that 45% of this list is women. (You can check out the full list here.)

There’s Rachel Maddow at 14.

You’d have to be an idiot to argue that she’s not smart, by any definition of smart. And she’s out, of course, which gets her extra points.

Salma Hayek comes in at 17.

Glenn Close is 19.

Sarah Silverman is half of 25.

And the collective Women of The View are 25.5. I guess this is some sort of Honorable Mention.

The Power list, not surprisingly, is mostly executives. But there are a few creative folks: Angelina Jolie (24), Shonda Rhimes (56), Rachel Ray (65). And I’ll leave you with this disturbing assessment: Miley Cyrus (100) is, according to The Hollywood Reporter, more powerful than Ellen.

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