Jeannie Klisiewicz

Ali on the Run Show Episode 101: Jeannie Klisiewicz of The Ellen DeGeneres Show

“You can have success and you can have money and you can have the best job in the world, but you’re only going to sleep well at night if you’re happy with who you are.” —Jeannie Klisiewicz

You probably know Jeannie Klisiewicz as the bubbly, always super excited receptionist and often-on-camera star of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. (She even has her own show now: Life’s First-Evers with Jeannie!) Jeannie just may be the happiest person on the planet, and she’s on the Ali on the Run Show today sharing the amazing (and gutsy!) story of how she got her job working with Ellen, and how her role has evolved over the past 10 years. Jeannie, who grew up outside Chicago, talks about confidence and the power of staying true to yourself and, of course, about how she got into running and what it’s done for her physically and mentally. Warning: This episode will make you smile so hard your cheeks hurt.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • How Jeannie got her job on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3:00)
  • Why Jeannie says that, in spite of going out and asking Ellen DeGeneres for a job live on air, she’s actually not confident (14:15)
  • How Jeannie — a small-town girl from outside Chicago — has adapted to life in Los Angeles, and a lifestyle that has her up-close-and-personal with celebrities every day (19:30)
  • What Jeannie’s job was like when she started working with Ellen, and how it’s evolved over the past decade (22:00)
  • Whether being put on camera changed Jeannie’s relationship with her body and appearance (27:00)
  • What Jeannie’s new show, Life’s First Evers, entails (37:00)
  • What Jeannie’s relationship with Ellen is like off-camera (40:15)
  • Jeannie’s advice for people who want to get into the TV industry (49:30)
  • How Jeannie got into running, and how she fits it into her busy schedule (52:00)
  • What’s next for Jeannie? (58:00)

What we mention on this episode:

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Ellen surprising Jeannie

Life’s First-Evers with Jeannie

“Dennis Quaid is here!”

Adele at Jamba Juice

Ellen’s New York to L.A. 

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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