“Everybody loves Ellen, and that’s one of the reasons she’s regained the top spot,” the magazine editors said upon releasing the eighth annual list Tuesday. They explained: “In March, ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ shattered its own 10-year ratings record in the episode that immediately followed her Academy Awards hosting gig, which also gave the awards its best ratings since 2004. And her star-studded Oscars selfie almost shut down Twitter when the pic became the most retweeted ever.”
Also on the list: MSNBC star Rachel Maddow (No. 3); actor Neil Patrick Harris (No. 7); prospective NFL player Michael Sam (No. 9); “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts (No. 10), who is the first woman of color to crack the top 10; fashion designer Michael Kors (No. 12); Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page (No. 29), who came out on Valentine’s Day; and Grammy-winning singer Frank Ocean (No. 42), who came out as bisexual on his blog last year.