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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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‘The Talk’ Renewed for its 12th Season

After its controversial 11th season and following the departure of original cast member, Sharon Osbourne, there had been chatter that maybe the The Talk would come to an end.

However, news today from CBS has that it has renewed its top daytime talker, and the series will live to see another day for its upcoming 12th season this fall.

Having debuted in October 2010, the show now features Carrie Ann Inaba (who also serves as the show’s moderator), Sheryl Underwood, Amanda Kloots, and Elaine Welteroth as it primary co-hosts.

As with previous amalgamations of the co-hosts, the women discuss the latest headlines, current events, and human-interest stories of the day.

The series put out this tweet on their pick-up sharing: “JUST ANNOUNCED! #TheTalk has been officially renewed for another year on @CBSreturning for a 12th season in 2021-2022! More fun, more topics, more talk!”

So, glad The Talk is continuing on, or did you think it was time for it to go? Comment below.

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‘Ryan’s Hope’ Star and Soap Vet, John Gabriel Has Passed Away at 90

Heartbreaking news Monday morning and to start the week. Beloved Ryan’s Hope soap veteran, John Gabriel (Ex-Dr. Seneca Beaulac) has died.

His daughter, actress Andrea Gabriel (Lost) shared the news of his passing via her Instagram account.

In her statement, Andrea shared: “It is with an unspeakably heavy heart that I share the news of my father’s passing.  John Gabriel was my hero, my role model, and my champion, but above all, my daddy… I will love you forever.”

Gabriel’s run on Ryan’s Hope was in two parts.  He started with the ABC daytime drama series in 1975 and stayed till 1985.  He then returned from 1988 to 1989.  Seneca’s love story with Jillian Coleridge (the late Nancy Addison Altman) was often front and center on the series.

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As soap fans know, John was married to another former soap star, Sandy Gabriel (Ex-Edna Thornton, All My Children and  Ex-Christine Venet Ryan’s Hope), and is also survived by his other daughter Melissa and their two grandsons.

Throughout his daytime soap career, Gabriel received one Daytime Emmy nomination back in 1980.  He also appeared in roles on General Hospital, Loving, The Bold and the Beautiful, Generations and Days of our Lives.

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In primetime he was known for his roles on Gilligan’s Island, Mary Tyler Moore Show.  John was also an accomplished singer performing on many variety and talk show through the years.

In 1995, Gabriel produced the late Charles Grodin’s talk show Charles Grodin for CNBC.

No official cause of death for Gabriel was revealed, and no memorial plans as of this moment.

Share your condolences and remembrances of John via the comment section below.

 

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Sheryl Underwood to Host the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

The Talk’s Sheryl Underwood will become a five-time host of the Daytime Emmy Awards, although this time going solo, as CBS and NATAS have announced today that she will handle the duties for the upcoming 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

The CBS broadcast will airs on Friday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET on the network as well as streaming live on Paramount Plus.

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According to Variety, “Underwood will emcee the show from Los Angeles, where a stage has been set up for the show, but the pre-taped broadcast will also include presenters and honorees from their own show studios and homes to accept their awards. Although many of the key daytime drama, game and talk show awards will be presented on the telecast, additional winners will be announced simultaneously on Twitter, via the @DaytimeEmmys handle.”

The Daytime Emmys are presented to programs broadcast between 2 a.m. and 6 p.m.  The show includes content that originally premiered in calendar-year 2020, and is judged by a pool of peer professionals from across the television industry.

So, what do you think of Underwood being named the solo host of this year’s Emmy broadcast? Comment below.

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