The Ellen DeGeneres show has been airing since 2003, and since then it has entertained masses, establishing the host of the show, Ellen DeGeneres as one of the top personalities in Hollywood. The show has won 61 Daytime Emmy Awards, and is still very popular among the audience. The show has featured a lot of A rated guest stars starting from Jennifer Aniston. However, recently the show has been around different controversies regarding the toxic workplace situation.
The whole controversy started when a Dutch YouTube makeup artist, Nikkie de Jager aka Nikkie Tutorial, made a guest appearance in the show. Later, in a Dutch TV show, De Wereld Draait Door, she slams the environment of the show to be cold and hostile, and she wasn’t greeted well. Since this reveal, a lot of people who once worked or are working in The Ellen Show have come up with their stories. Even the people who have met her in real life, slammed how rude she is.
In March 2020, a podcaster, Kevin T. Porter, started a Twitter thread called “most insane stories you’ve heard about Ellen being mean” where people get to share their experience with Ellen. This thread quickly goes viral, and a lot of people accused her of many different things. Some people called her out for not paying the crew member, someone said she almost fired a worker in a restaurant just because she found a chipped nail in her food, while someone said that Ellen treated her badly because the odor of fish was coming from his mouth.
The crew members also complained how they were not allowed to eat non-veg food in the studio just because Ellen is a vegetarian, while someone accused her of firing the employee even after some emergency issue in his family. Upon investigation, three executives left the show and Ellen issued an apology saying that her introverted nature might have been misinterpreted as being standoffish or rude.
People also felt that Ellen treated some celebrities very badly during the show. For example: making Mariah Carey admit that while she is pregnant and Ellen making her drink wine, making Taylor Swift reveal the name of her lover even though she didn’t want to, accusing Dakota Johnson of not inviting her to her birthday, making fun of Celine Dion’s son’s long hair, etc. That’s a lot of tea spilled …
Some celebrities such as Katy Perry, Ashton Kutcher, Sofia Vergara did stand by her side. Also her wife Portia de Rossi posted on her Instagram that reads, “I Stand By Ellen.”
Ellen announced herself about the end while the show was on air. She said, “Today I’m announcing that next season, season 19, is going to be my last season.” However, she claims that the show is not getting cancelled, but she is ending it herself after 19 seasons and nearly two decades.
Ellen tells The Hollywood Reporter, “I’m a creative person, and when you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged.” She also adds, “I just needed something to challenge me. And as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore. I need something new to challenge me.”
She also says that the show was going to end after 16 seasons, but the producers wanted her to sign for four more years. She said that she would have signed for only one season, but there was no way to sign for just one season, so it was extended for three more years.
Also, DeGeneres was tested COVID positive back in December 2020, and the whole production of the show had to be stopped, also due to the situation of COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
Ellen gave an interview to Today’s Savannah Guthrie in her own show about the controversies where Guthrie asked her if she felt she was being cancelled, to which DeGeneres answered, “People get picked on, .
But for four months straight for me, and then for me to read in the press about a toxic work environment when all I have ever heard from every guest that comes on the show is what a happy atmosphere this is and how a happy place this is.” Guthrie further asks if the controversies were the actual reason for the show to end, to which DeGeneres says, “I would have not come back this year. I really did think about not coming back. It was devastating.”
If things go well, the new season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show is going to start in September 2021, so the final episode is going to be aired sometime in spring of 2022. Let’s see what plans Ellen has for her future, and we would be waiting for it.