While nothing that happens at this point can fully take away the many successful years that Ellen DeGeneres had with her daytime talk show, the past year of behind-the-scenes allegations, rumors and firings has done a lot to tarnish the legacies of both the series and its host. DeGeneres announced in mid-May that she would be bowing out of the talk show biz after her current contract expires, saying the year-long backlash didn't impact her impending exit. However, several former employees clapped back against that notion and shared some truly blunt opinions about DeGeneres' true motivations.
Ellen DeGeneres is obviously no stranger to facing workplace accusations from both current and former staff members, having denied most of them (including the notion that she doesn't allow others to look her in the eyes). So it was almost expected that her quasi-retirement announcement was met with even more fiery claims from former employees. Here's what one such ex-worker shared with Buzzfeed News:
The employee quoted above seems to follow more of an eye-for-an-eye approach to life, and feels that Ellen DeGeneres' years of allegedly foul attitude and workplace behavior finally came back around to haunt the longtime host. As well, that person clearly doesn't believe that studio execs handled the situation with an eye on truly inspiring changes, alleging that DJ tWitch's promotion and the producer terminations were more about saving face than fixing problems.
Of course, that wasn't the only former employee who took the time to call out Ellen DeGeneres. The host's views and comments on all the claims against her have also rubbed her accusers the wrong way, as she has largely eschewed apologies and has instead called such allegations "ridiculous," while also saying the constant backlash has hurt her feelings. And the ex-staffer below didn't seem to find very much value in DeGeneres' self-centric reactions, claiming the host is bowing out in order to get away from the negativity.
Some believe that if the ongoing backlash had subsided at some point, that Ellen DeGeneres would have likely swept it all under the metaphorical rug and kept on working. In a similar vein, the former employee quoted below isn't alone in thinking the talk show's ratings tumble is a big factor in DeGeneres' decision to walk away.
It's no secret that The Ellen DeGeneres Show's average viewership has been on a more or less consistent downward spiral in the past year, with numbers that pale in comparison to years past. And while the pandemic and other factors definitely play into the lowered ratings, it's hard to deny that the constant negative energy surrounding the talk show factored in as well.
With an endgame plan set for 2022 that will hand the coveted time slot to fellow talk show phenom Kelly Clarkson, The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs weekdays in syndication, so check your local listings to see when and where it plays in your area.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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