It was touch and go for a second, but the Ellen show returned today for its 18th season (“touch and go” might also be used to describe the alleged work history of three of her former producers). Ellen DeGeneres booked it out of her studio in March, to quarantine at home, but she couldn’t isolate herself from all the allegations that she’s an awful, abusive boss who ran a terrible workplace. After some “will they/won’t they” regarding if the show would come back this fall at all, the 18th season of Ellen premiered today and as promised, Ellen addressed the whole situation.
Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show Ellen is premiering, as usual, this fall, even though it’s been hit with an Everest-sized mountain of reputation-damaging press. Ellen confirmed that the 18th season of her show is a go. And not only will the show finally resume filming in its usual studio on the Warner Bros. lot, but it will also kick off with Ellen herself talking about the allegations her and her show.
I’m sure she’s got her writing team working very hard on a monologue that balances inoffensive jokes with human-style sincerity. Although those writers probably shouldn’t submit their final draft until about six seconds before the cameras start rolling. Because, of course, there are new allegations that Ellen is a terrible, horrible employer.
This is our fault. We did this to ourselves. At some point we’re going to have to take responsibility for ourselves as a country and accept the premise that it is, in fact, a shit hole ruled by oligarchs, grifters, charlatans, and DJs with Marshmello heads, and hopefully, commit to making the changes necessary to rectify that. Otherwise, all is lost. Even if Forbes’ Celebrity 100: The World’s Highest Paid Celebrities list is a dubious distinction, we have to admit that even if their formula is about as scientifically sound as the teachings of Dianetics, it does say a lot about what we value as a culture. And right now it’s saying we value Kylie Jenner the most. She earned $560 million. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but 2020 will do strange things to a person—Taylor Swift was ROBBED! Last year’s #1 dropped to #25 ($63.5M) and Kanye West scooted into Kylie’s former #2 slot with $170M.
Mariah Carey’s presumed Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, is coming soon so she’s making the rounds to help promote it. During a recent interview for Vulture, Mariah instructs her house manager Ellen, who has already fluffed her pillows, poured her wine, lit some candles, and removed Cha-cha, Mimi’s emotional support dog from the room, to make some “horse devoirs” while Mariah gets down to the business of explaining how Ellen DeGeneres upset her on national television by pressuring her into revealing a pregnancy that eventually ended in a miscarriage. So don’t ever underestimate Mimi’s thirst for revenge! Ellen the house manager’s real name is probably Darlene. And in that same vein, Mariah probably calls the guy who’s in charge of picking up Cha-cha’s shit Marshall Mathers. In the interview, Mimi also had some quality shade to throw Eminem‘s way.
Rosie O’Donnell, former daytime talk show host, knows what it’s like to have all of America’s eyes (well, the eyes of stay-at-home parents, the elderly, kids home sick from school and people who have misplaced their TV remotes) on her. As a former Daytime Queen of Nice, Rosie has come out in support of Ellen DeGeneres, claiming that, after a while, the daytime television gig can get to you––especially if you’re trying to “fake your essence.” Hmmm…and yet nobody has come out with big-meanie accusations against Bonnie Hunt. So, what is the truth?
The main focus of the recent-ish backlash against Ellen DeGeneres has been all about how she’s nice on camera for the Ellen show, and a demon backstage to employees, helping to foster a toxic work environment of pain and trauma. Amid that conversation have been people on social media, who have pointed out that Ellen isn’t always nice when the cameras are rolling, either. Several Twitter users have tweeted clips of Ellen being mean to her guests, like joking over and over again about Sofia Vergara’s accent during her appearances on the show. Sofia has spoken up about Ellen, and Sofia would like everyone to know that she believes Ellen’s jokes were just that – jokes.