Woo-hoo! N.L. woman 'still can’t believe' she's Ellen correspondent
Published Wednesday, September 26, 2012 11:07AM EDT
As Hollywood took to the red carpet for 64th edition of the Emmy Awards on Sunday, giddy Newfoundland native Keri Rodden-Kemp was there reporting on the glitz and glamour for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
“I still can’t believe it,” Rodden-Kemp said on Wednesday on CTV’s Canada AM.
“Jimmy Fallon was my favourite. He’s the male equivalent of Ellen for me,” Rodden-Kemp said on Wednesday on CTV’s Canada AM.
Intrigued by her enthusiasm, Fallon stopped to ask the perky Canadian why she was so happy.
“I imagined talking to him years ago,” said Rodden-Kemp.
“There he was, singing with a song with me on the red carpet. It was edited out, but it was incredible,” she said.
Rodden-Kemp owes her good fortune to TV talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres.
In January of 2011, the 37-year-old woman originally from Kilbride, N.L. sent a Grade 9 photo of herself to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for a segment called “Bad, Paid-For Photos.”
That snapshot earned Rodden-Kemp an appearance on the show.
Before DeGeneres could speak to the Canadian, Rodden-Kemp was bouncing up and down on the star’s stage, shouting out “Woo-hoos!” before the TV audience. Her excitement left the audiences and DeGeneres in stitches.
Following that appearance, Rodden-Kemp was invited back by DeGeneres in February of 2011, when the star asked the waitress from Oakville, Ont. to cover the Grammy Awards for her in Los Angeles.
"You had such energy,” DeGeneres said seconds before she revealed the Grammy news. “It made me so happy to be around you. I thought you’re the perfect person to represent the show.”
“It has been a blessing,” Rodden-Kemp said on Canada AM.
“Ellen named me her favourite moment of 2011. It honestly blows my mind,” she said.
Rodden-Kemp went on to cover the red carpet at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards for DeGeneres’ show.
Her unbridled energy at the 2012 Emmys also captured the interest of stars such as model Heidi Klum and “Two and a Half Men” star Jon Cryer, winner of this year’s Emmy for Best Actor in a comedy.
“My, you’re bouncy,” Cryer said upon meeting Rodden-Kemp.
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus also asked the lively Canadian if she could kiss her on the cheek.
“Usually I’m the weirdo asking the stars if I can do that,” said Rodden-Kemp.
Looking back, Rodden-Kemp credits these experiences, plus her seven appearances on DeGeneres’ show, for changing her life.
“I do get recognized now. I’m not looking for fame. If it’s going to happen it’ll find me,” she said.
Rodden-Kemp’s lucky break has also changed her outlook on life.
“It’s been good for my self-esteem,” said Rodden-Kemp.
“To be plucked out of the world as one of Ellen’s favourites makes me feel special,” she said.
As a result, Rodden-Kemp is now considering going back to school to study holistic healing.
“I’m 37 years old I just got my driver’s licence,” Rodden-Kemp said, with a grin.
“I feel like life is just opening up,” she said.
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