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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 »

jaybird369
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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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Soap Alums Tom Pelphrey, Justin Hartley & William Fichtner Receive 26th Annual Critics Choice Award TV Nominations

Nominations were unveiled on Monday for the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards in the field of Television.

Netflix Ozark and The Crown scored the most nominations with six each.   The award winners will be revealed along with the film categories (those nominations will be released on February 7th) on March 7th in a ceremony on the CW and will be hosted by Taye Diggs.

Some very familiar faces to daytime fans are in the running in some major categories.   First, Tom Pelphrey (Ex-Jonathan, GL, Mick, ATWT) who gave one of the most talked about performances of 2020 in Ozark was nominated along with Justin Hartley (Ex-Adam, Y&R, Ex-Passions, Ex-Revenge)  for his star-turn in This Is Us, for Best Supporting Actor in a a Drama Series.

Meanwhile on the comedy side, former As the World Turns actor, William Fichtner (Ex-Josh) scored for his work in the CBS’ Mom, in the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy series category.

This Is Us’, Sterling K. Brown also received a nomination in the Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work as Randall Pearson, and the series is also in the running for Best Drama Series.

Below are the full nominations in the running with Pelphrey, Hartley and Fichtner.  You can check out the complete nominations in all categories here.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jonathan Banks – Better Call Saul (AMC)
Justin Hartley – This Is Us (NBC)
John Lithgow – Perry Mason (HBO)
Tobias Menzies – The Crown (Netflix)
Tom Pelphrey – Ozark (Netflix)
Michael K. Williams – Lovecraft Country (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

William Fichtner – Mom (CBS)
Harvey Guillén – What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Daniel Levy – Schitt’s Creek (Pop)
Alex Newell – Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC)
Mark Proksch – What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Andrew Rannells – Black Monday (Showtime) 

So will you be rooting for Tom or Justin to take hone the Critics Choice Award in the Supporting Actor Drama category? Let us know via the comment section below.

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Justin Hartley To Star in New Series In The Works; TV Adaptation of ‘The Never Game’

This is Us and former Y&R star, Justin Hartley (Kevin Pearson) is making some big next career moves.

Justin, along with This is Us director/executive producer Ken Olin, are teaming up on a new TV project.

The duo have optioned the rights to Jeffrey Deaver’s 2019 thriller novel, The Never Game and are turning into a TV series

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‘Dynasty’, ‘Santa Barbara’ and ‘Three’s Company’ Star, Peter Mark Richman, Has Passed Away

Noted character actor, Peter Mark Richman had died at the age of 93 as revealed by his publicist, Harlan Boll.

Richman died this morning at 10:00am on January 14, 2021 in Woodland Hills, California of natural Causes. ,

Peter was a pharmacist turned actor, who appeared in such films as “Black Orchid,” “The Strange One,” “Naked Gun 2 ” and “Friday the 13th Part 8.”

He also starred as Nick Cain in his own NBC series, “Cain’s Hundred,” and in over 500 TV guest star appearances on such shows as “The Twilight Zone,” “The Outer Limits,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Fantasy Island,” and “Star Trek the Next Generation.”

Richman had recurring roles on “Three’s Company” (as the Reverend Snow) and “Beverly Hills 90210” as well as co-starring roles on series such as ABC’s “Dynasty” as attorney Andrew Laird.   he also played CC Capwell for a time on Santa Barbara in 1984.

Mr. Richman is survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen Richman; five children, Howard Richman and his wife, Cherie, Kelly Lester and her husband, Loren, Lucas Richman and his wife, Debbie, Orien Richman and his wife, Alevé, and Roger Richman; as well as six grandchildren, Jenny, Lily, Max, Julia, Oliver and Danica.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, funeral services will be held privately and at the convenience of Mr. Richman’s family. Memorial contributions in honor of Mr. Richman can be made to the Motion Picture Television Fund (MPTF).

Share your remembrances and condolences on the passing of Peter Mark Richman via the comment section below.

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