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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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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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