"Fifty Shades of Grey" is a steamy, erotic novel packed with S&M and some very naughty words ... so the last person we'd expect to record the audio book is Ellen DeGeneres!

On Thursday's episode, the talk show host decided to do a reading from the book -- which describes the sex lives of Anastasia Steele and kinky multi-millionaire Christian Grey in great detail.

Watch what happened with Ellen brought out the whips and handcuffs, and find out what part made Ellen exclaim "Do not eat the pancakes!

As we reported earlier this week, Ian Somerhalder said he's game to play Grey in a movie version of the books. Do you think he'd be good for the role?

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