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‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Shake-Up; Three Producers Out

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On Monday, executive producer Ed Glavin, executive producer and head writer, Kevin Leman, and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman are departing The Ellen DeGeneres Show following allegations of instilling a culture of fear, retaliation and sexual harassment in the work place  that launched an investigation by WarnerMedia.

Top series executive producers Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner will remain with ‘Ellen’.  In addition, along with the exits came the news that the show’s DJ Stephen “tWitch” Boss has been promoted to co-executive producer.  Going forward, the popular daytime talk show will be led by Connelly, Lassner and Derek Westervelt.

News of the behind the scenes changes reportedly came from DeGeneres herself in a virtual meeting with staff members Monday.  According to Deadline, Ellen was ’emotional but emphatic about creating a culture where people feel good, noting that employees need to feel happy in order to make a show that makes people happy.”  Ellen added that she vowed to interact more with her staff, revealing that she was shocked to find out that people on the show had been told to avoid eye contact with her. She encouraged staff members to talk to her.

Apparently, DeGeneres also apologized again to her staff and that she was personal, opening up about being introverted and having good days and bad days, which causes her to sometimes keep to herself in her own space, something she acknowledged could be misconstrued as her not being nice.

“Does that mean I’m perfect? No. I’m not,” DeGeneres reportedly said. “I’m a multi-layered person, and I try to be the best person I can be and try to learn from my mistakes.”

So do you think Ellen DeGeneres and her show can overcome the bad optics from what went down on her show? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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I also do think Ellen is to blame. It comes from the top.

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I’m so sorry that all this has happened with my favourite TV show. I believe the show will be ok with some of the changes that have been . We all love Ellen & look forward to each day to watch the show. She make us feel good Fix what is wrong with the show & march on to a better show. Love you Ellen

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Days of our Lives Returns To Production After Temporary Halt Amid COVID-19

UPDATED:  According to Deadline  the cast and crew of NBC’s Days of our Lives will actually be returning tomorrow, October 20th to begin taping ahead of schedule after a positive Covid-19 test shut production down originally scheduled for two weeks.

The outlet cited, “Following a thorough investigation including contact tracing, quarantines, testing, and a deep cleaning of the studio, the health and safety experts at Days of our Lives have determined that it was safe to return to production before the end of the two-week period. As a result, the show will be back on set tomorrow Oct 20.”

The word of the early return initially got out Monday, although at that time unconfirmed by the show, apparently, via a posting by Lauren Koslow on her Instagram account where she is pictured in a Kate Roberts outfit in her dressing room.

Koslow shared: “Stepping into Monday in alice + olivia black velvet,” She also tagged the post #dressingroomselfie and the words. “Stay strong.”

She also added a quote from poet Maya Angelou: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

So, happy to hear it seems like DAYS is back … once again? Comment below!

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Days of our Lives Shuts Down Production For Two Weeks Due to Positive COVID-19 Test

NBC’s Days of our Lives is the next production to put a halt in their taping schedule due to a positive coronavirus test result.  This one from member of the production team as reported by Deadline.

The long-running soap will now shut down production for two weeks   According to Deadline, “The cast, crew and staff of the daytime drama were just notified of the temporary shutdown in an email from Corday Productions.”

Taping is slated to resume October 26.  The pause will not delay air dates, and the show’s  original episodes on NBC will not be disrupted.

The individual who received a positive result as part of the production’s Covid-19 protocols has been placed in isolation.   As well, Preliminary contact tracing has been completed, with the people identified as close contacts to the affected individual placed in quarantine for a period of 14 days.

In addition, out of an abundance of caution, Corday productions will have a deep cleaning and disinfecting process for their production facilities, before any taping is to resume.

So, what do you think about the halt in production at DAYS due to a Covid-19?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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FRIDAY: Knots Landing Cast Reunion On Tap From ‘Stars in the House’

Seaview circle comes alive again to benefit the Actor’s Fund when the highly successful virtual reunion series “Stars in the House” hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley welcomes cast members from Knots Landing!

Participating in the livestream virtual event will be: Donna Mills (Abby), Joan Van Ark (Val), Michele Lee (Karen), Ted Shackelford (Gary) and Knots Landing’s creator, David Jacobs.

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This is also the first time the leading stars of the legacy primetime CBS soap opera that ran from 1979-1993 will make an appearance together since the passing of their beloved cast member, Kevin Dobson (Mack).

 

This event as well as all others brought to you by Stars in the House is to support those impacted by COVID-19 in the entertainment industry and as Donna Mills expressed: “The Actors Fund helps people in all branches of the entertainment industry during this very difficult time.”

The Knots Landing live reunion is scheduled for Friday October 8th at 8 p.m. EST/5 p. m. PST and you can watch it here.

So, will you be checking out the KL special?  Let us know in the comment section below, but first, if you have not done so already, check out Michael Fairman Channel’s sit-down interview with Michele, Joan and Doona from earlier this year when we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the iconic show.

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