Viewers who tune in to Wednesday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” may do a double take and ask, “Where’s Ellen?”
That’s because DeGeneres has decided to take the day off, with Sean Hayes stepping in to pinch-hit as Wednesday’s guest host.
In a clip from the show (above), the “Will & Grace” star kicks things off with a hilarious monologue that segues into an opening dance number that must be seen to be believed, with Hayes selecting seemingly random members of the audience (spoiler alert: they’re not) to join him in a tightly choreographed Broadway-style routine.
Things move along from there as Hayes welcomes his first guest, actress Olivia Munn of History channel hit “Six”. During her appearance, she fills in the guest host on what he missed out on when he wasn’t able to attend DeGeneres’ star-studded 60th birthday party, and also shares some anecdotes about the apparently endless renovations to her mother’s house.
Next up, “Arrested Development”/”Veep” star Tony Hale offers an update on co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who will be returning to shoot the seventh season of “Veep” after being treated for breast cancer. In addition, he recounts a recent family visit to Alcatraz and discusses his daughter’s odd obsession with prisons.
Hayes also welcomes six-year-old “kid Shakespeare expert” Zoey Cardamone, who has been reciting the Bard’s monologues since she was a two-year-old.
Given Cardamone’s unique talent, Hayes surprises her with a Shakespeare-inspired costume and set so she can take to the stage and perform the iconic monologue from “Macbeth”.
You can catch Hayes take over as guest host on Wednesday’s edition of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”.