UPDATE: Channel 3 has learned that Derek Yates has landed the job as Ellen's gardener on the "Ellen" Show.

Yate's friends and family will be on hand at a viewing party this afternoon to celebrate the news.

In a news release, Yates said “It is honestly a dream come true to be on Ellen’s show. I can’t help but feel good while watching her show, and now I get to be a part of that for her audience and viewers also."

Yates will be on Tuesday's show, which airs at 4:00pm on Channel 3.


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Derek Yates sent in a video as part of a contest for the Ellen Show.  The winner will be featured on Ellen as her gardener. Channel 3 spoke to Derek Wednesday about his new found fame.  He describes it as completely unexpected.

Derek Yates, auditioned for Ellen, "Hey, Ellen is looking for a gardener, and I was like, okay, I'll do it. So I just randomly came up with a cool little idea and it was like 50 degrees outside when we shot, so I'm spraying myself with freezing trying to make it look good, and it's one of those things that you don't ever think will happen to you.  Then it starts getting shared, and suddenly you're on the Ellen Show."

Yates says the producers on the Ellen Show did not clarify if or when he'd hear back from them, but we wish him the best of luck.

Catch Ellen weekdays at 4:00 p.m. on Channel 3.