Ellen DeGeneres Will Return to Host Her Show for 18th Season

August 4, 2020

Despite multiple claims by former and current employees of a dysfunctional and toxic workplace, Telepictures confirmed Tuesday that Ellen DeGeneres will return to host her show for the 18th season, according to TODAY.

Last week, DeGeneres confronted claims and apologized to her staff.

“On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect,” DeGeneres wrote. Something changed, she said, “and for that, I am sorry.”

DeGeneres wrote in a memo to staff that she has “deep compassion” for people who are treated unfairly or disregarded. Coming from someone who has been judged for “who I am,” said DeGeneres, who has been public about the difficulties she's faced for being openly gay.

“As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again,” she said in the memo.

"It’s been way too long, but we’re finally having conversations about fairness and justice," DeGeneres said, adding that she would push herself and others to “learn and grow.”

According to Variety, executives from show producer Telepictures and distributor Warner Bros. Television allegedly sent a memo outlining their plans to engage WarnerMedia's employee relations group to interview current and former staffers.

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. Television declined to comment on the matter, and a rep for the show did not immediately respond to a request for comment, Variety reports.

Sources have confirmed the investigation, but WarnerMedia and Telepictures have declined to comment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A show spokesperson told TODAY, DeGeneres' staff returned to work Monday virtually, but the crew has not yet returned.

Although rumors suggested that someone else would be taking over the DeGeneres' namesake show, Warner Bros. unequivocally denied such rumors.

DeGeneres’ spinoff show, “Ellen’s Game of Games,” will begin shooting in the studio Aug. 24, and DeGeneres’ personal spokesperson confirmed, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" is slated to return to airwaves Sept. 9, according to TODAY.

Earlier in July, producers from the show commented on allegations from previous employees stating that the workplace culture was "a lot of smoke and mirrors" to protect the show's brand.

"They pull on people's heartstrings; they do know that's going to get likes and what people are going to go for, which is a positive message. But that's not always reality," an employee told BuzzFeed News.

BuzzFeed News then spoke with executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner who, in a joint statement, claimed they have always "strived to create an open, safe, and inclusive work environment."

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