Mellen's talk show was described as "in your face entertainment" for men, who are staying home more than ever because of the pandemic. His show has a strikingly similar stage design and format as DeGeneres' show, including "awkward male dancing" and his own pranks: "Just like Ellen, Mellen has sneak-up surprises."
In response to the sketch, DeGeneres said she was "flattered" by Sudeikis' impression during Wednesday's episode of her show.
"Portia (de Rossi) and I were sitting at home watching, as we do every Saturday night, and we're on our couch. We were trying to get rid of this wine that was stuck in a bottle," DeGeneres quips of herself and her wife. "And suddenly we're watching a sketch that comes up with Jason Sudeikis dressed like the male version of me, and it was a parody on my show. They called it 'Mellen.' It was hilarious."
After playing a clip from the sketch, she joked that she "would actually watch that show."
"You know, we should do that. After we finish this season. We should do a show like that. I love it."
During the "SNL" sketch on Saturday, Mellen had NBA player Kyrie Irving (played by Chris Redd) on his talk show as a guest, where he had a doctor abruptly administer Irving a COVID-19 vaccination without his consent while Mellen distracted him.
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"You just got vaxxed, Mellen style," said Sudeikis' gleeful Mellen, who rocked short blonde hair similar to DeGeneres' signature style. Redd's Irving replied, "I'm mad."
He also brought on several "heroic psychopath" guests including Joe Rogan, who had a food segment cooking wild boar; Connor McGregor, who got into a fight with an audience member; Louis C.K., who had a beauty segment on male pattern baldness; and YouTube star-turned-boxer Jake Paul, who was played by Pete Davidson.
"So Jake, you want to announce your next fight?" Sudeikis' Mellen asked.
Davidson's Paul responded, "Yo, Muhammad Ali, I'm coming for you in the ring, in the streets, in the graveyard. You can't hide from me forever, Ali. It's in the contract. If I win you have to change your name back to Cassius Clay."
"I think he's dead," Sudeikis' Mellen deadpanned. (Muhammad Ali died in June 2016 at age 74 from septic shock.)
This marked Sudeikis' "SNL" hosting debut. The "Ted Lasso" star was hired as a writer in 2003 at the sketch comedy show and starred as a cast member from 2005 to 2013.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Ellen DeGeneres: 'Mellen' SNL skit with Jason Sudeikis was 'hilarious'