Ellen dances through Boston

Ellen DeGeneres and wife, Portia de Rossi. Fans greeted the daytime talk-show host at Quincy Market. Ellen DeGeneres and wife, Portia de Rossi. Fans greeted the daytime talk-show host at Quincy Market. (Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / August 11, 2011

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A mob of dancing and screaming Ellen DeGeneres fans showed up at Faneuil Hall yesterday afternoon to see the beloved daytime talk-show host tape promos for her new time slot. DeGeneres, who will take over Oprah Winfrey’s 4 p.m. hour on WCVB-TV (Channel 5), arrived in Boston on Tuesday night, spent the morning seeing the sights from a Boston Duck Tours boat, and then danced for the thousands of fans who showed up at Quincy Market to welcome her to town. Ellen’s wife, Portia de Rossi, was along for the trip. The twosome ran into the Faneuil Hall Marketplace Starbucks after greeting the crowd. After doing some interviews at the Liberty Hotel in the afternoon, the couple had dinner plans with Channel 5 personalities such as Bianca de la Garza, Karen Holmes Ward, J.C. Monahan, and Ed Harding at Scampo, where Lydia Shire was preparing a vegan menu featuring peasant ravioli Pappa Al Pomodoro and “just picked’’ vegetable bruschetta. Shire even made goodie bags for Ellen’s staff to take on their jet. During her visit, Ellen - a Twitter aficionado with more than 7 million followers - was bombarded with Twitter invitations from Boston personalities and city businesses. Meghan Klingenberg, a midfielder for the Boston Breakers, tweeted Ellen an invitation to a game. Madi Daigle beckoned for Ellen to come to Flour Bakery. Black Duck Software tweeted, “Come visit us in Waltham, MA!’’ Even the Old South Meeting House got in on the action, tweeting, “Boston is best known for its Tea Party - come visit the place where it all began!’’ Ellen tweeted a bit herself during the visit. She sent out a nice crowd shot from her perspective in front of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and after meeting Mayor Tom Menino, she tweeted, “Just met the mayor of Boston. He proclaimed it Ellen DeGeneres Day! I wonder if that gets me free beans for a year.’’