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Ellen DeGeneres Show’s audience drops 37% after “Toxic Workplace” scandal

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It looks like the allegations of toxic workplace culture have taken a toll on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. And it has hurt the one thing these talk shows, or any show, love the most – viewership.

Ellen DeGeneres Show audience drops 37% after "Toxic Workplace" scandal

Last month, The Ellen DeGeneres Show returned for its 18th season, which is a remarkable feat. However, this was not like the start of any other ordinary season. Throughout the summer, former employees leveled some serious allegations of racism, sexual harassment, and intimidation behind the scene. As a result, Ellen DeGeneres had to address those allegations on the opening day of the new season. Moreover, she also addressed

If things had gone as she had hoped, then the show would have been back on track by now, with everything forgotten. But that was not the case for Ellen. The scandal has taken a toll on the show’s viewership, as the premier week had 37% fewer viewers than last season’s equivalent week!

Ellen DeGeneres Show’s viewership drops the most compared to any other talk show

Variety reported that this week had an average of 1.2 Live + Same Day household ratings. That’s down by 29% from last year. And when we compare the total viewership, then this week averaged 1.7 million viewers per episode. And that’s down by 37% compared to last year, which is a significant drop for The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Looks like Ellen is losing the audience!

However, we do have to take into effect the overall decline in the average viewership of syndicated talk shows, then there’s a 19% year-over-year decline in household ratings. Despite the trend, The Ellen DeGeneres Show still has the steepest decline, followed by Wendy Williams at 24%, The Kelly Clarkson Show at 19%, Dr. Phil at 18%, and Dr. Oz at 17%.

Even though COVID-19 usually increased viewership on streaming services in general, talk shows are not following the same trend. And The Ellen DeGeneres Show seems to have taken the biggest hit of any other show. One can’t help but think that perhaps the toxic workplace culture allegations must have a significant role to play in this. Resentment against Ellen DeGeneres was growing over the past few months. And these allegations simply added fuel to a burning fire.

Ellen’s apology

On the opening episode of her 18th season, Ellen DeGeneres did address the scandal. She said that this marks a “new chapter” for not just the show, but for Ellen herself. Ellen further said:

As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened, I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected. I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.

This, of course, came after Warner Bros. conducted an internal investigation on the show. It ruled out any systemic racism, however, three top executives were fired from the show ever since.

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