After allegations of a poisonous office atmosphere, main exits, and almost twenty years on the air, Ellen DeGeneres has determined that the upcoming season of her discuss present can be her final. Right here’s what we all know.
The Ellen DeGeneres Present has been a daytime mainstay since 2003. Ellen DeGeneres has been the host of her personal discuss present for 18 seasons. Her present has been probably the most beloved discuss exhibits for a era, and it’s all coming to an finish. “I’m a artistic individual, and once you’re a artistic individual, you continually have to be challenged,” Ellen instructed The Hollywood Reporter, who broke the information that season 19 of The Ellen DeGeneres Present would be the present’s final. “I simply wanted one thing to problem me. And as nice as this present is, and as enjoyable as it’s, it’s simply not a problem anymore. I want one thing new to problem me.”
Ellen’s choice comes within the wake of reviews about The Ellen DeGeneres Present allegedly being a poisonous work atmosphere for workers and accusations about her alleged conduct on set. Many questioned whether or not or not the present would get cancelled. As an alternative, Ellen has determined to convey the curtain down herself and name it a day. HollywoodLife has reached out to Ellen’s rep for remark.
From when you’ll be able to anticipate the final episode to air to the numerous allegations, HollywoodLife has rounded up the important thing issues it’s good to learn about what’s occurring with The Ellen DeGeneres Present.
Is ‘The Ellen Present’ Being Cancelled?
No, The Ellen DeGeneres Present has not been cancelled. She has ended the present herself.
“I used to be going to cease after season 16,” she instructed The Hollywood Reporter. That was going to be my final season, they usually needed to signal for 4 extra years, and I mentioned I’d signal for perhaps for one. They had been saying there was no strategy to signal for one. ‘We will’t do this with the associates, and the stations want extra of a dedication.’ So, we [settled] on three extra years, and I knew that might be my final. That’s been the plan all alongside. And all people stored saying, even once I signed, ‘, that’s going to be 19, don’t you need to simply go to twenty? It’s an excellent quantity.’ So is nineteen.”
Again in Might 2019, the daytime discuss present icon revealed that she had signed a brand new deal to proceed internet hosting her discuss present by 2022. Ellen made the announcement herself amid hypothesis that her discuss present could also be coming to an finish.
Doing this present has been the trip of my life. pic.twitter.com/Mytkjxj4xa
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) Might 21, 2019
“From the start, I mentioned this present was going to be like a relationship,” Ellen mentioned in her video. “We’ve been by the great, the dangerous, the Fifty Shades of Gray part. It’s been a variety of enjoyable, and 16 years is a fairly good run. Typically in a relationship, it’s good to take a break. However I don’t. You’re caught with me. I simply signed for 3 extra years.”
New seasons of Ellen begin in September, so anticipate the ultimate episode of her present to air someday in spring of 2022.
What Occurred To ‘Ellen’?
Ellen’s present skilled a hiatus from mid-December 2020 to mid-January 2021. The discuss present was placed on pause after Ellen examined constructive for COVID-19. “Hello Everybody, I need to allow you to all know that I examined constructive for Covid-19,” she wrote on Twitter on Dec. 10. “Thankfully, I’m feeling tremendous proper now. Anybody who has been in shut contact with me has been notified, and I’m following all correct CDC tips. Please keep wholesome and protected.”
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 10, 2020
The Ellen DeGeneres Present was anticipated to begin manufacturing once more on Jan. 4, 2021. Nonetheless, the present’s return was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “As a result of COVID-19 surge in Los Angeles County, and for the continued security of our employees and crew, The Ellen DeGeneres Present will push manufacturing by per week,” a spokesperson for Telepictures, the present’s producer, mentioned in a press release to Deadline. Aside from Ellen, no circumstances had been reported amongst the Ellen employees.
Telepictures gave an replace concerning the standing of the present simply days earlier than The Ellen DeGeneres Present was set to begin up. “The Ellen DeGeneres Present will resume manufacturing in-studio on Monday, January eleventh with a digital viewers,” a spokesperson for Telepictures instructed PEOPLE. “For the security of the employees and crew, the present will additional cut back on-site personnel and preserve our industry-leading manufacturing protocols.”
‘Ellen’s Behind-The-Scenes Drama
Over the previous 12 months, Ellen has acquired critical backlash for her alleged conduct on the set of her present. The controversy started when YouTube magnificence guru Nikkie de Jager, a.okay.a. NikkieTutorials, revealed that her go to to The Ellen DeGeneres Present had been less-than-stellar. Nikkie opened up about her expertise throughout an look on the Dutch talkshow De Wereld Draait Door in Feb. 2020.
“Let me say that there’s a giant distinction between this present and Ellen DeGeneres, and I’m saying that in favor of this present,” Nikkie instructed the host Matthijs van Nieuwkerk, in accordance with a translation by Sebastian Williams. “It’s good that you just say ‘hello’ earlier than the present. She didn’t.”
Nikkie later instructed the Dutch journal &C: “Name me naive, however I sort of anticipated to be welcomed with confetti cannons: ‘Welcome to The Ellen DeGeneres Present!’ However as an alternative, I used to be greeted by an indignant intern who was a bit overworked. I used to be anticipating a Disney present however obtained Teletubbies after darkish.”
In March 2020, podcast host Kevin T. Porter began a Twitter thread and alleged that Ellen is “notoriously one of many meanest folks alive.” He requested his followers to reply to his tweet with the “most insane tales you’ve heard about Ellen being imply.” The Twitter thread was stuffed with hundreds of responses.
Ellen employees members had been reportedly livid after not receiving any “written communication concerning the standing of their working hours, pay, or inquiries about their psychological and bodily well being from producers for over a month,” two nameless sources instructed Selection in April 2020. The crew was reportedly additionally upset that the present employed an outdoor, non-union tech firm to assist Ellen tape remotely from her California house amid the pandemic. Warner Bros. Tv, which distributes the present, responded with a press release: “Our govt producers and Telepictures are dedicated to caring for our employees and crew and have made choices firstly with them in thoughts.”
Just a few months later, BuzzFeed Information revealed a bombshell report after talking to at least one present and 10 former staff of The Ellen DeGeneres Present. They alleged they had been “fired after taking medical depart or bereavement days to attend household funerals.” One other claimed she was “fed up with feedback about her race” and “basically walked off the job.” Workers had been reportedly instructed by direct managers “to not communicate” to Ellen in the event that they noticed her across the workplace.
One former worker revealed within the BuzzFeed Information report that they went on medical depart for one month to examine right into a psychological well being facility following a suicide try. After they returned to work, they had been instructed their job had been eradicated. “You’d assume that if somebody simply tried to kill themselves, you don’t need to add any extra stress to their lives,” the worker, whose story was corroborated by 4 staff and medical information, instructed BuzzFeed Information.
The previous staff did blame govt producers and senior managers for the present’s atmosphere, however a former worker mentioned Ellen “actually must take extra duty” for the office atmosphere on her set. “I feel the chief producers encompass her and inform her, ‘Issues are going nice, all people’s completely happy,’ and she or he simply believes that, but it surely’s her duty to transcend that,” the worker mentioned within the BuzzFeed Information report.
In response to the BuzzFeed Information report, govt producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner launched the next assertion: “Over the course of almost twenty years, 3,000 episodes, and using over 1000 employees members, we’ve got strived to create an open, protected, and inclusive work atmosphere. We’re really heartbroken and sorry to study that even one individual in our manufacturing household has had a detrimental expertise. It’s not who we’re and never who we try to be, and never the mission Ellen has set for us. For the report, the day-to-day duty of the Ellen present is totally on us. We take all of this very significantly, and we understand, as many on the planet are studying, that we have to do higher, are dedicated to do higher, and we are going to do higher.”
For a separate BuzzFeed Information report, the outlet spoke to 36 former staff who mentioned alleged incidents of harassment, sexual misconduct, and assault from Ellen producers comparable to Kevin Leman. An ex-employee alleged that Kevin, who was additionally a head author, requested him to “give him a hand job or carry out oral intercourse in a toilet at an organization social gathering in 2013.” Extra staff revealed allegations of groping and sexually specific feedback towards Kevin. Kevin later responded to the allegations and denied “any sort of sexual impropriety.”
‘The Ellen Present’ Transferring Ahead
Lower than two weeks after the BuzzFeed Information report, Selection revealed on July 27, 2020, that The Ellen DeGeneres Present was present process an inner investigation following allegations of a poisonous office atmosphere. Simply 3 days after the inner investigation was revealed, Ellen broke her silence concerning the scenario.
Her letter to employees, which was acquired by Selection, learn: “On day one in all our present, I instructed everybody in our first assembly that The Ellen DeGeneres Present can be a spot of happiness—nobody would ever elevate their voice, and everybody can be handled with respect. Clearly, one thing modified, and I’m disenchanted to study that this has not been the case. I couldn’t have the success I’ve had with out your entire contributions. My identify is on the present, and all the pieces we do, and I take duty for that. Alongside Warner Bros., we instantly started an inner investigation, and we’re taking steps, collectively, to right the problems. As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been capable of keep on high of all the pieces and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d need them performed. Clearly, some didn’t. That may now change, and I’m dedicated to making sure this doesn’t occur once more.”
Within the wake of all of the allegations, govt producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman, in addition to co-executive producer Jonathan Norman, had been reduce from the present, Selection reported. Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner, and Derek Westervelt stored their jobs as govt producers.
HollywoodLife realized EXCLUSIVELY from a supply near Ellen that this was a “wake-up name” for the host. “Ellen is feeling the results of all of the discuss that has been happening,” our supply mentioned. “It’s now beginning to be extra actual and she or he is unhappy it’s got up to now, however she is taking it as a terrific wake-up name. She is upset and she or he really is thinking about righting a flawed.”
When season 18 premiered in Sept. 2020, Ellen made a really public apology. “I’m so completely happy to be again within the studio. There are a variety of issues I need to speak about,” she mentioned. “I realized that issues occurred right here that ought to by no means have occurred. And I need to say I’m so sorry to the individuals who had been affected. I do know that I’m able of privilege and energy, and I understand that with that comes duty. And I take duty for what occurs at my present.”
In Might 2021, Ellen introduced that season 19 would be the final, and that she would start the subsequent chapter of her profession. What that’s, she didn’t know on the time. “I’ve some concepts however my agent is rather like, ‘Why don’t you simply sit nonetheless for a minute. You in all probability don’t even know the way exhausted you’re and what it’s going to be like to take a seat nonetheless,’” she instructed THR after saying the tip of the present. “And I don’t know the way lengthy I’ll be capable to do this as a result of I’m like a Ferrari in impartial. I’m continually needing to go.”
Response To The Backlash
Various celebrities got here to Ellen’s protection when it got here to the allegations towards the longtime discuss present host. Katy Perry tweeted that she solely had “constructive takeaways” from her time with Ellen. Ashton Kutcher mentioned that Ellen all the time handled him and his crew with “respect and kindness.”
Two comedians having enjoyable with one another to entertain. I used to be by no means a sufferer guys, I used to be all the time in on the joke. https://t.co/mjUjPNRHlb
— Sofia Vergara (@SofiaVergara) August 21, 2020
Many followers had claimed Ellen mocked Sofia Vergara’s accent throughout one in all their interviews. The Fashionable Household alum denied any beef with Ellen. “I used to be by no means a sufferer guys, I used to be all the time in on the joke,” Sofia burdened. Portia de Rossi, Ellen’s spouse, posted a photograph on Instagram that learn: “I Stand By Ellen.”
As for Ellen’s followers, she nonetheless has over 79 million followers on Twitter and over 93 million Instagram followers. When Ellen tweeted concerning the new 12 months, a lot of followers responded to the discuss present host. One fan tweeted, “Happy new 12 months Ellen thank yu [sic] for all the pieces that yu [sic] do for folks throughout this pandemic all of us love you a lot.” One other wrote, “Love your work Ellen keep protected and sit up for 2021 watching the Ellen exhibits.”