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Ellen DeGeneres Offers Apology As She and Her Talk Show Remain Under Fire

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On Thursday, Ellen DeGeneres served up an apology to former and current staff and crew members of her ever-popular daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

After many complaints were brought to light by former employees of the show about the culture of the work-place behind the scenes, WarnerMedia is now handling its own internal investigation of the show.  It all began when BuzzFeed’s widely-circulated piece had former employees’ anonymous accusations of racism, intimidation, unjust termination and an overall toxic work culture, perpetuated by the show’s top producers.

In a memo, DeGeneres expressed that now that the issues were brought to her attention, they are taking steps to ensure to correct them moving forward.   While neither she nor Warner Brothers will comment on the fate of specific employees, two sources had revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that executive producer Ed Glavin — one of the show’s three EPs, and the one at the center of many of the more unsavory claims is among those who will be let go

Ellen let everyone associated with the show that she would have delivered this message on-camera on her show, if not for COVID-19, where everyone on the staff and the crew would have been present.   What she wrote is below:

DeGeneres shared:  “Hey everybody – it’s Ellen. 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. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show.

I could not have the success I’ve had without all of your contributions. My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that. Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues. 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.”

I’m also learning that people who work with me and for me are speaking on my behalf and misrepresenting who I am and that has to stop. As someone who was judged and nearly lost everything for just being who I am, I truly understand and have deep compassion for those being looked at differently, or treated unfairly, not equal, or — worse — disregarded. To think that any one of you felt that way is awful to me.

It’s been way too long, but we’re finally having conversations about fairness and justice. We all have to be more mindful about the way our words and actions affect others, and I’m glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention. I promise to do my part in continuing to push myself and everyone around me to learn and grow. It’s important to me and to Warner Bros. that everyone who has something to say can speak up and feels safe doing so.

I am so proud of the work we do and the fun and joy we all help put out in the world. I want everyone at home to love our show and I want everyone who makes it to love working on it. Again, I’m so sorry to anyone who didn’t have that experience. If not for COVID, I’d have done this in person, and I can’t wait to be back on our stage and see you all thenStay safe and healthy.  Love,  Ellen”

Meanwhile, Everybody Loves Raymond alum Brad Garrett , who has been a guest on Ellen, claimed on Twitter that DeGeneres bears responsibility for the workplace culture.  He tweeted late Thursday night. “Sorry but it comes from the top ⁦@TheEllenShow. Know more than one who were treated horribly by her.⁩ Common knowledge.”

So, how do view’s Ellen’s message? Do you think the show is about to go under some serious house-cleaning? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Charday

I stopped watching her show years ago. Ellen can be sadistic and cruel in her tv “pranks.” No Thanks!

Patrick
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Patrick

Ellen Talk Show : 2003-present. mindful of her other endeavor . ED Brand Name business affair. sponsorship(s). she even has her own record label ( eleveneleven ). Ellen : “You stopped dancing” big indicator that you slowed down. sure age is what it is. you are leaving that up to your “DJ”. what has really dropped you. That oh so tired primetime game show !!!! ?????? huh? COME ON !!!! you’ve hosted the Oscar, grammy, emmy show. you were svelte AND in the moment with your ELLEN comedy show. 1994-98 it’s time to hang it up… who know’s just how… Read more »

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Amber

I stopped watching it a few yrs ago. Its mainly a complete waste of time & interviews with celebrities I don’t like. And she always says her show is a family show. Really? There are a lot of sexual innuendos, scantilly clad photos & even Chippendale dancers on the show. No thanks. No children should be watching this & I wouldn’t watch it with my family.

DMRR
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DMRR

Nasty, nasty woman, such a phony!

k/Kay
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k/Kay

Ellen put a sock in it !!! we just know and have known for years you are literally full of shit

carol1952
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carol1952

I use to like her but if she is going to act like a stupid jerk I want no part of her.oh ya I never did watch her talk show,I find all stupid talk shows to be dull and boring a waste of time.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Despite my reluctance to criticize a trailblazer for human rights (gay specifically), Ellen is a case study in how not to handle fame. When she first came out to the public (on her primetime show and in real life), she served as a role model for many. And she seemed to carry that mantle quite well for many years. But something seemed to happen along the way, and she devolved into this mean-spirited phony. I personally have never found her to be genuine, which is a big turnoff for me. To me, her talk show doesn’t work because it all… Read more »

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I think she could rebound, Jamesj75, but I’m not sure she has figured out how or will be able to do so. Her apology may be sincere (I have no particular insight and can’t really judge), but it comes off to me as a little weak; I won’t go as far as you and call it ludicrous, but it definitely falls short. I say that she could rebound, though, because she still carries around such a tremendous amount of goodwill in the LGBTQ+ community because she was such an important trailblazer. The key will be figuring out how to start… Read more »

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Hey Michael:

Thank you for your reply and further insights. You certainly make some great points, and I admire your altruistic/forgiving stance much more than the tone I chose here.

In all honesty, very few of us know these celebrities. For a variety of reasons, we like some, we don’t like others, all based on our impressions. I’m all for a redemption story, so I will share in your hope that a rebound will happen. Take care, Friend.

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Jacob Young Joins Cast of ‘The Walking Dead’ For Its Final Season

Daytime alum, Jacob Young (Ex-All My Children, The Bold and The Beautiful and General Hospital) has landed a role on the upcoming final season of the hit series, The Walking Dead.

According to Deadline: Young will play the role of Deaver.  However, details on who Deaver is, or may be related to, are being kept under wraps.

The upcoming AMC series final season will include a 24-episode order and it is set to premiere on August 22.

Jacob took to Twitter once the casting announcement was made and shared: “Beyond excited to be apart of such amazing and long running franchise!”

Young has won a Daytime Emmy for his role as Lucky Spencer on General Hospital and has also recently been hosting and producing his own podcast, Real Conversations with Jacob Young.  You can listen to the episodes here.

So looking forward to seeing Jacob in his new role on The Walking Dead? Comment below.

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‘Hollyoaks’, ‘EastEnders’, ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Casualty’ Receive BAFTA TV Award Nominations in Soap and Continuing Drama Category

The nominations have been announced for Britain’s the 2021 BAFTA TV Awards, and while dramas, Small Axe and The Crown, nabbed the most nominations with 15 and 10 each respectively, there was also a soap opera and continuing drama category which saw many beloved favorites from across the pond scoring a nomination.

The BAFTA TV awards ceremony are set to take place June 6 on BBCOne and BBC One HD, while the craft awards will be streamed on BAFTA’s social channels on May 24.

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In the Soap and Continuing Drama category the nominees are:

CASUALTY Simon Harper, Loretta Preece, Sarah Beeson, Jenny Thompson – BBC Studios/BBC One
CORONATION STREET Production Team – ITV Studios/ITV
EASTENDERS Jon Sen, Kate Oates, Sharon Batten, Liza Mellody – BBC Studios/BBC One
HOLLYOAKS Bryan Kirkwood, Hannah Sowden, Josie Day, Gary Sewell, Colette Chard – Lime Pictures/Channel 4

View the entire list of nominations here.

Now let us know, which soap are you rooting for to take home this year’s BAFTA TV Award? Comment below.

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Carrie Ann Inaba Takes Leave of Absence from ‘The Talk’

In a surprising announcement on Monday, Carrie Ann Inaba has revealed that she will be stepping away from her co-hosting duties on The Talk for now by taking a leave of absence to concentrate on her health and well-being.

This was also echoed by The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood who let viewers know of the change and Inaba’s exit for now with the series.

In a post on her Instagram, Inaba shared: “I have decided to take a leave of absence from @TheTalkCBS to focus on my health and well being. I appreciate the support from you and my family at The Talk and hope to be back soon!”  Then in a follow-up post, Carrie Ann added: “I appreciate your support. I appreciate the love and support for The Talk family and I hope to be back soon. Take care and I’ll keep you updated.”

Underwood expressed: “We’d like to let you all know at home, Carrie Ann is taking a leave of absence from the show to focus on her well-being. She appreciates the support from all her fans and her family at ‘The Talk.’ We miss you Carrie Ann, and we look forward to having you back with us soon.”

Inaba’s departure for the moment comes on the heels of Sharon Osbourne departing the series for good, following the controversy that arose with remarks Osbourne made to Underwood on the March 10th episode of the afternoon series.

No word yet on who will replace Inaba temporarily.

So, what do you think of Carrie Ann’s decision to take a leave of absence? Comment below.

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