Comedienne ELLEN DeGENERES is such a big fan of legendary soul stars EARTH, WIND + FIRE, she employed them as the house band on her daytime chat show yesterday morning (11NOV03).

DeGeneres, 45, has been a fan of the SEPTEMBER hitmakers since she was a child and decided to bring them on the set of hit show ELLEN for the day.

She cooed, "This is dream come true for me. When I was in high school I was listening to Earth, Wind + Fire. I was loving Earth, Wind + Fire and now I'm lucky enough to be sitting here with them. Thirty-five years of funk and soul they've been giving us!"

12/11/2003 02:09