With Brand Tarnished, Ellen Plans Return to Work

Sunday August 2, 2020

Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres  (Source:Associated Press)

"Will she or won't she," wondered Hollywood this weekend as speculation grew that Ellen DeGeneres would be leaving her daily show. The question rose after she apologized to her staff on Thursday, only to be hit with another BuzzFeed News bombshell Friday about her show's toxic workplace environment, this one reporting on sexual harassment allegations by former staff members.

By late Friday, reports came out that DeGeneres was thinking of leaving the show due to her brand being so tarnished in the past few months. Then on Saturday, the New York Post reported that she "plans to report to work Aug. 24 for 'Ellen's Game of Games' and to the set of the 'Ellen Show' when it premieres Sept. 9, according to the internal email."

"We know that these last few days have been a lot to take in and process for everyone," read part of the email which was signed, "Love, the EPs."

The New York Posted added that an insider at the show said: "She's fighting to protect the show and what she stands for. She is very upset about what happened and determined to fix the problems. She takes full responsibility. But no way is she quitting the show. That's total BS."

She is also said to be devastated at the lack of support she is receiving from her fellow celebrities. "So far, only superstar manager Scooter Braun and radio host Kyle Sandilands have attempted to ease tensions against Ellen," writes the Daily Mail.

"But the silence this time from DeGeneres' vast network of celebrity besties — everyone from Jennifer Aniston to the Kardashians — has been deafening since a string of negative stories about her began earlier this year," adds the New York Post.

This deafening response has come as two celebrities — "Everybody Loves Raymond" star Brad Garrett and "Back to the Future's" Leah Thompson — tweeted that accusations are true about the toxic work place environment.

And it wasn't long before rumors of a replacement began to circulate with "The Late, Late Show's" James Corden being rumored to be the likely replacement.

"Now insiders at the show's network NBC claim that Corden, 41, was seen as 'the long term successor' to Ellen long before scandal hit the seemingly squeaky clean host," reports the British tabloid The Sun.

NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy is a player in determining the future of the show. He is said to be "a 'huge fan of James' and has him 'high on his wanted list for talent and a long term replacement for Ellen,' should the spot become available," a source told The Sun.

"Replacing Ellen was always going to be a tough challenge, but he is a natural fit and easy transition," the unnamed source told the Sun.

"James would freshen up daytime and with a free hand would be allowed to build a new afternoon era."

Comments on Facebook