The Ellen DeGeneres show has been embroiled in controversy over the past few months. Now, however, the show is coming back with its 18th season! However, things are not going to be as they were before the scandal. And Ellen DeGeneres herself has assured the audience that she will discuss the elephant in the room!
Ellen DeGeneres assures fans that she’ll talk about the controversies on the show’s return
In a press release obtained by USA Today, The Ellen DeGeneres Show will be returning for its 18th season on September the 21st. Moreover, comedian Tiffany Haddish will be appearing as a guest on the first episode. Ellen’s press release read:
“I can’t wait to get back to work and back to our studio. And, yes, we’re gonna talk about it.”
By it, Ellen is referring to the allegations of a toxic work culture, which included racism and sexual harassment on the show. Unnamed former staffers of the show made the allegations, and it threw Warner Bros. and Ellen into a lot of turmoil.
As soon as the allegations surfaced, the studio announced an internal investigation. As a result, three top producers were fired from the show. However, the investigation concluded that there was no hint of systemic racism or sexism. Upon learning of the allegations, Ellen DeGeneres released a statement back in July, which said:
“On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show.”
In season 18, a plethora of guests will show up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Kerry Washington, Alec Baldwin, and Chrissy Teigen will appear in the premiere week. Moreover, other guests including Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Adam Sandler, and Orlando Bloom, will appear throughout the month. However, there won’t be any studio audience due to the COVID-19 pandemic.