Is Ellen Self-Cancelling? Rumors of Her Quitting Talk Show as Workplace Scandal Grows

Sunday August 2, 2020

Ellen DeGeneres broadcasting from home
Ellen DeGeneres broadcasting from home  (Source:YouTube)

Is Ellen planning on cancelling herself?

After days of jaw dropping reports of staff dissension, inappropriate workplace behavior and a social media backlash, the talk show megastar is said to be "ready to call it quits on her daytime talk amid claims she perpetuated a toxic work environment," the reveals in an exclusive report.

An insider at Telepictures (the Warner Brothers subsidiary that produces the show) told the tabloid that Degeneres "feels she can't go on and the only way to recover her personal brand from this is to shut down the show."

They also disagree with the apology DeGeneres made to her staff in which she regretted the actions of her senior staff but added she knew nothing about it.

'The truth is she knew what was going on, it's her show," the anonymous source said. "The buck stops with her. She can blame every executive under the sun — but Ellen is ultimately the one to blame.

"Inside Telepictures we've had enough of her," the source added. "She is a phony who does not practice what she preaches."

In her apology, sent to her staff as a memo, DeGeneres said: "On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen Degeneres Show would be a place of happiness - no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect.

"Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry."

Some on her staff told the tabloid that they are having none of her apology.

"She's only addressing this now because the publicity is so bad for her and her BS brand of happiness and kindness. Ellen can throw everyone else under the bus, but the buck stops with her," one staffer told the Daily Mail.

"Whenever she'd tell viewers to choose kindness, I'd throw up a little in my mouth because she always chose the opposite," they added.

"Allegations first came to the surface in April, as unnamed members of the production team claimed they were left uninformed as to the status of their pay or employment amid the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic," writes Fox News.

"Additionally, accounts of 'cold' behavior from the 62-year-old comedian herself, including from her former bodyguard, began to pile up."

Things came to a head on Friday morning when BuzzFeed News published a damning report in which 36 staffers came forth to detail sexual misconduct from top producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman.

In the report Leman allegedly solicited oral sex at a 2013 company party, and grabbed a production assistant's penis on a different occasion. It was not unusual, nearly a dozen employees told BuzzFeedNews, that Leman would make crude, sexual jokes in the office disguised as "sarcasm."

"Three staffers then corroborated a claim that Norman groomed a former staffer and attempted to perform oral sex on him. Leman and Norman vehemently denied the allegations," adds Fox News.

Even a number of celebrities have come forth to support the staff's claims. On Friday, Brad Garrett (from "Everyone Loves Raymond") posted on social media: "Sorry but it comes from the top [email protected] Know more than one who were treated horribly by her."

On Friday, People Magazine reports that "Back to the Future" star Leah Thompson agreed with Garrett, posting "that DeGeneres' alleged mistreatment is "common knowledge," writing on Twitter, "True story. It is."

The anonymous source inside Telepictures also told the Daily Mail "that DeGeneres 'hates coming to work' and 'struggles to be nice to people and has utter contempt for her audience.'

Adding, "She has been phoning it in for so long, and only staying for the money and celebrity it affords her,' they said. 'We've dealt with her BS for so many years, she's not innocent at all, she's not nice and the show is not filled with happiness.'"

Over at Forbes, senior arts contributor Dani Di Placido writes that Ellen's downfall has been a long time coming, starting with her shaming critics for her friendship with former President George W. Bush. He writes she framed "their friendship as something wholesome, as though the Iraq War was nothing more than a problematic tweet."

"DeGeneres' famous motto, 'Be Kind,' now has a bitter, ironic ring to it, as rumors of her alleged cruelty on set have surrounded DeGeneres for years."

He also feels that this may extend beyond DeGeneres to a talk show industry in which false humility and kindness is just a veneer to win audiences' favor and high ratings.

"Celebrities whining about being confined to their mansions during quarantine (and proving to be incredibly boring on social media) exposed how out-of-touch and privileged they really are. Not to mention, the constant reports of horrific behavior occurring behind the scenes has completely removed the gloss and glamour of the entertainment industry," Di Placido writes.

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