NEW YORK – Ellen DeGeneres premiered her sixth season as host of the talk show "Ellen" with two notable changes: a new studio and a wedding ring.
The syndicated show returned Monday with a taped episode from the show's new set on the Warner Bros. studio lot in Los Angeles. It was DeGeneres' first show since marrying actress Portia de Rossi in August.
"This is my first show as a married lady," DeGeneres announced, flashing her wedding ring.
The audience gave her a standing ovation.
DeGeneres, 50, and Rossi were wed in an intimate ceremony at their Beverly Hills home. The Emmy-winning host and Rossi had dated for four years and announced that they would marry after the California Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages in May.
"Who knew John McCain and I would have something in common," she joked, referring to the Republican nominee for president and Sarah Palin, the nominee for vice president. "We both chose female running mates."
California is the second U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage. Massachusetts became the first in 2004. While many U.S. states have since banned same-sex marriages, several recognize some form of civil unions for same-sex couples.