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Ellen DeGeneres appears in a promotional photo for Ellen. / Dory appears in a promotional photo for Finding Nemo. - Provided courtesy of Michael Becker /  FOX / Disney Pixar

Ellen DeGeneres in talks for 'Finding Nemo' sequel, report says

08/22/2012 by Olivia Allin

Ellen DeGeneres is reportedly in talks to reprise her character Dory in a "Finding Nemo" sequel.

DeGeneres voiced the forgetful blue tang fish in the original 2003 Disney Pixar film. According to the Hollywood Reporter, DeGeneres will most likely return for "Finding Nemo 2."

The talk show host has been vocal in the past of her interest in participating in a "Finding Nemo" sequel. "Glee" star Darren Criss recently visited "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and performed a song on the topic (see below).

"Finding Nemo" is the highest-grossing Pixar movie, having earned $848 million worldwide. The Oscar-winning family film is slated to return to theaters in a 3D release next month.

Director/writer Andrew Stanton, who wrote the original film and Disney's recent "John Carter," has signed on to return for the sequel, which has a projected 2016 release date.

DeGeneres made headlines earlier this year after the anti-gay group One Million Moms waged a protest against JC Penney for naming the openly gay host their new spokesperson.

0n March 8, One Million Moms reluctantly ended their campaign to boycott JCPenney after the retailer stood by their decision and the group received negative press from advocacy groups like GLAAD. The group said they are "moving on" to "other issues" that require their attention.

DeGeneres wed actress Portia de Rossi in August of 2008, when same-sex marriages were made legal in California for several months before a majority of voters approved the Proposition 8 ballot initiative to ban them. Prop 8 was overturned on February 7, 2012.

Before she launched her talk show in 2003, DeGeneres starred in her own ABC sitcom, "Ellen," which ran between 1994 and 1998. She came out as a lesbian in April 1997. So did her character, in what became a controversial episode that spurred several companies, such as the Chrysler Corporation to pull its advertisements, and caused scores of viewers to stop watching the show.

DeGeneres' talk series is now one of the most popular daytime programs and has won 35 Emmys, including the 2011 award for Outstanding Talk Show.

Watch Darren Criss serenade Ellen DeGeneres below.

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