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WATCH: Ellen DeGeneres Address Toxic Workplace Issues & How She is a ‘Work in Progress’ in Talk Show Season Opener

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Today marks the return of daytime’s Ellen DeGeneres Show for its 18th season in syndication.  Ahead of its airing, the show dropped the video of Ellen’s opening monologue where she addresses to the audience at home the allegations that came to light over the summer regarding her, and the toxic work environment behind the scenes of her popular series.

Those allegations prompted an internal investigation by WarnerMedia, which led to the dismissal of several key producers at the talk show.

Previously, Ellen shared that she would address what had happened during the new season, but she did so at the top of its first episode back, and repeated some of the same sentiments she also shared in a letter to her crew and staffers.

DeGeneres expressed  “I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I realize that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show. This is The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I am Ellen DeGeneres.”  She was quick to point out that she is turning the page and that “today, we are starting a new chapter.”

Addressing what has been her off-screen behavior vs. her on-air persona, Ellen said: “The truth is, I am that person that you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things.  Sometimes I get sad. I get mad. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I get impatient. And I am working on all of that. I am a work in progress… I don’t think I’m that good of an actress that I could come out here every day for 17 years and fool you. This is me, and my intention is to always be the best person I can be. And if I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I’m so sorry for that.”  Within the monologue she shares how she became known as the “Be Kind Lady” a moniker that also came back to bite her during the summer.

So, what do you think about what Ellen has to say at the top of the new season of her show? Do you think this is enough of an explanation to the public? Are you ready to watch her new season? Comment below.

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I have never been a fan of Ellen. I just don’t find her funny or even sincere. However, I don’t believe in this day and age when people are savvy and bright that she is solely responsible for a toxic workplace. I am certain many of her power hungry subordinates are the ones committing the infractions. Hopefully all this attention will keep it to a minimum. This will never go away. Workplaces are ALWAYS toxic. That’s why it’s called work. People have become little buttercups who can’t handle having hurt feelings. It’s work. Do your job, meet the goals and… Read more »

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jaybird369

Matthew…you made some very, very valid points. I have something to add to your AWESOME post: Back in the 1990’s, right after Ellen Parker (ex-Maureen) was UNFAIRLY FIRED from Guiding Light, she did a BRUTALLY HONEST interview with Soap Opera Digest. My favorite part of that interview: When Ellen Parker said (about the soap genre in general)…”This is a business and not a family”. To me…BEST REAL LIFE QUOTE EVER!!!!!

Matthew…have a good one.

whynot
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whynot

If you’re 60 years old and don’t know how to behave and how to treat people then don’t talk to me. She’s sorry she got caught, she’s not sorry for anything she did.

Charday
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Charday

Mean-spirited and cruel, especially in her TV “pranks” on common folk. No thanks.

Su000
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Su000

I am tired of people bowing and kissing arse to please the
snifflers..
She is who and what she is- take it or leave it.
It is maddening; boohoos and apologizing.
Well, it’s about keeping the money flowing so they pucker up
0ooh lordy, no matter how low she bows there are the haters
that will never change, so bothering to bow isn’t worth much,
it still remains to be behind snifflers phoney smiles.
Wishing her luck and hopes she gets off her knees..
Be who you are, no apologies needed.
All this stuff is crazy, just crazy..

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

One of the posters wrote, “All this stuff is crazy, just crazy.” — I’ll tell you what’s crazy: being a staff member on her show, being a guest on her show, and being belittled, being exposed to a hostile/toxic work environment, and being treated like crap. Another poster wrote, “I just don’t find her funny or even sincere.” — That has always been my perspective. I don’t find much about her to be genuine. Despite all the good that Ellen has done (e.g., to foster acceptance of gays), all the apologies, and all the self-deprecating humor, behind the scenes of… Read more »

jaybird369
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jaybird369

James…as always, you are THE TOTAL VOICE OF REASON, BROTHER!!!!! Thanks, bro.

Talk to ya’ later.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

I saw today’s show with Ellen’s D. J Stephen “Twitch” Boss. I could watch him every day.

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Natalie Morales Set to Join ‘The Talk’ After Exiting NBC News

Looks like the The Talk table will now be set, as Natalie Morales will be added to the line-up of co-hosts for the CBS daytime afternoon series.

Although CBS would offer no official word or comment after the story on her coming to the series ran in the Daily Mail, Natalie would join: Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, Jerry O’Connell and Akbar Gbajabiamila on the panel.

This comes after Morales exited NBC News this morning after 22 years for an “unspecified new opportunity”.  However, she will continue to appear on Dateline’s 30th season throughout the rest of year.

The longtime Today Show anchor told staffers she was moving on expressing in a note: “To my Dateline and Today show families, it’s very hard to say goodbye… and we all know in this business it’s never goodbye but see you later. I’m eternally grateful for the support and deep friendships that will remain no matter where our paths lead.  I have so much to be thankful for and for every one of you who helped me get here… muchísimas gracias mis amigos.”

Tom Mazzarelli, the EP of Today also wrote in a note to staff that “Morales been offered an opportunity she’s passionate about and has decided to step away from NBC News after an incredible two-decade career here.”

Natalie previously anchored Access Hollywood from 2016 to 2019 and continued to be the West Coast anchor of Today.

So, what do you think of Natalie Morales, becoming a main co-host on The Talk? Good fit? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Soap Veteran Michael Tylo Passes Away at 73

Michael Tylo, well-remembered for his roles on daytime soap operas, has died at the age of 73.  Tylo, was most-loved in his role as Quinton Chamberlain, in the Quint and Nola (Lisa Brown) romance on Guiding Light, as well for his time on The Bold and the Beautiful (Ex-Sherman), All My Children (Ex-Matt), The Young and the Restless (Ex-Rick/Blade), Another World (Ex-Lord Peter Belton), and General Hospital (Ex-Charlie).

Tylo’s death was announced by Nancy Uscher, Dean of College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where Michael was a film professor.  Michael died on Tuesday at Henderson Hospital in Henderson, Nevada, following an illness.

In a statement on the UNLV website, Uscher said of her colleague: “Michael Tylo was a beautiful and caring human being — he was so special.  He was an exemplary friend, colleague, teacher, and artist. He had such a distinguished and rich career, but he was humble about his accomplishments. He loved his family dearly and lived a joyous life, but he left us way too soon. We will miss him greatly, but feel deep gratitude about all that Michael contributed to the College of Fine Arts, UNLV, and the world.”

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As soap fans know, Michael was previously married to Hunter Tylo (Taylor, B&B) and they shared three children together: Izabelle and Katya, and tragically, their late son, Mickey, who drowned back in 2007.

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Michael is also survived by his wife Rachelle, and their daughter, Kollette.

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There has been no word yet on the actual cause of death of Michael’s death, while information about services for Michael are said to be forthcoming.  Michael Fairman TV will continue to update this story.

Watch Michael with Lisa Brown in the wedding of Quint and Nola on Guiding Light below.

Then, share your condolences and remembrances of Michael via the comment section.

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Lori Loughlin Returns To Acting; Set To Reprise ‘When Calls The Heart’ Role in GAC Family’s ‘When Hope Calls’

Former Fuller House, Edge of Night, and When Calls the Heart star, Lori Loughlin, has landed her first acting role since jail time and her part in the College Admissions Scandal; where she and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, paid half a million dollars in bribes to get their two daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, accepted into the University of Southern California.

While, Jade is now also in this season’s Dancing with the Stars, now comes word that Loughlin has gotten her first acting gig since all the legal trouble, and while still on probation following her two months in jail.

Look for Lori to reprise her beloved role of Abigail from When Calls the Heart on its season two spin-off on GAC Family, When Hope Calls.

According to Deadline: Loughlin will appear in the two-part Season 2 premiere titled When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas, to air on Saturday, December, 18th.  Lori was last seen on TV as Abigail in Season 6 of Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart before she was let go over her involvement in the college admissions scandal.

Last week, speculation began that Loughlin may be back working after a report surfaced from Mercury News  that she had been granted permission by a Boston federal judge to travel to Canada for about a week in late September-early October for “a filming production project.”

So, what do you think about Lori’s return to acting following serving jail time? Will you be watching her as Abigail on When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas? Comment below.

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