Ellen DeGeneres’ name recently trended alongside the word “canceled,” and I’m sure it made more than one person wonder what Ellen has done this time. Did Ellen say something out-of-touch, or did she accidentally let her devil horns pop out again? But there was a rumor going around the internet that her long-running daytime TV show Ellen is at risk of being canceled, but her production company says it’s not true.
The rumor started by The Sun, which referenced a recent ratings report by TVNewsCheck. TVNewsCheck claimed that ratings for Ellen fell by 14%, which put her at a “new low” of 1.2, which is the lowest she’s seen in season 17. Ellen has been filming episodes at home since mid-March, due to COVID-19 restrictions, which would probably explain the drop in viewers. TVNewsCheck says that lots of daytime TV talk shows have dropped in the ratings, with the exception of Live with Kelly and Ryan, whose viewership rose 5%.
The Sun then claimed that Ellen was losing viewers due to all the chatter online about her being evil. According to The Sun, some viewers at home had clued into the gossip about Ellen being awful and decided they were done with her. Also, it wasn’t a good look when it was alleged Ellen had responded to the coronavirus pandemic by withholding crew members’ paychecks and circumventing unionized work. Even Ellen herself was allegedly concerned that people weren’t ever going to shut up about how mean she is.
The Sun spoke to insiders close to the show, and they imply that there is a chance the show could just get dropped after the season ends. Telepictures, the company that produces Ellen, has clearly heard that rumor, and they spoke to The New York Post about it.
When reached by The Post for comment about the claims, DeGeneres’ production company reps said, “Telepictures can confirm it’s untrue.”
So Ellen will not be canceled, at least not right now. And even though her ratings are dropping lower than her blood pressure after a relaxing meditation session (aka firing an intern for wishing her a good morning), Ellen is still doing okay in the ratings. More people watched Ellen last week than they did Dr. Oz, Maury, or Rachel Ray. But I can’t help but be at least a little suspicious about that statement from Telepictures. I would have been more prone to believing what Telepictures said if they had said, “Telepictures can confirm it’s untrue and Ellen did not make me say this by hypnotizing me with her evil powers.”