Bow out (dis)gracefully and stay at home in one of her many mansions while counting “Finding Nemo” residual checks for the rest of her life? Not on Ellen Degeneres’ watch! She’s probably going to hammer her bullshit “Be Kind” message into people’s heads until she’s physically removed from the set of that nightmare talk show of hers. At least that’s what is being reported in the news, following a rollercoaster year, month, week for Ellen.
WarnerMedia is reportedly investigating what’s going on behind-the-scenes of Ellen. There have been allegations of racism, intimidation of employees, and sexual assault by executive producers. On Friday, a source claimed that Ellen wanted to walk away from her show and was currently talking with executives from Telepictures and Warner Bros. According to that same source, who spoke to The Daily Mail:
“[Ellen] feels she can’t go on and the only way to recover her personal brand from this is to shut down the show. The truth is she knew what was going on — it’s her show. The buck stops with her. She can blame every executive under the sun — but Ellen is ultimately the one to blame.”
BUT The New York Post is reporting that not only does Ellen have no intention of leaving her talk show, but that she plans to report to work August 24 for “Ellen’s Game of Games.” And she is planning to return to the set of Ellen when it premiers on September 9. Because of all of the allegations, I have a feeling that Ellen’s guest list will be filled with Kardashians, YouTube “stars,” and Portia de Rossi for the next little while.
A source said that reports of the big mean boss lady leaving are totally untrue:
“Ellen is 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.”
“That’s total BS” is apparently the censored version of what Dakota Johnson wanted to say to Ellen after she was confronted on-air for not inviting Ellen to her birthday party. How the tables have turned.
Andy Lassner, one of the show’s executive producers (who was not accused of sexual misconduct), also denied that the show’s going to end:
Nobody is going off the air.
— andy lassner (@andylassner) July 30, 2020
Brad Garret spoke up on Twitter and said that the Ellen horror stories are common knowledge. And Lea Thompson co-signed that:
True story. It is.
— Lea Thompson (@LeaKThompson) July 31, 2020
There’s also another rumor from The Sun that James Corden is “in line” to replace Ellen. No, instead, why not just scrap the Ellen and make it the Live with Lea Thompson Morning Hour? And Brad could be Lea’s long-suffering house DJ? I’d watch that.