Can Ellen Recover From Avalanche of Bad Press? - Page 2

She plans to be back, but rumors are circulating about possible replacements
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2020 1:24 PM CDT

  • Coming back: The New York Post reports that DeGeneres plans to be back for her show's return on Sept. 9—and before that for a Game of Games special later this month. The report adds that DeGeneres is said to be "devastated" that celebs such as Brad Garrett and Lea Thompson have publicly backed reports of mean behavior on the set. (Last week, BuzzFeed came out with a story about the "toxic" atmosphere on the show. That prompted an investigation by WarnerMedia and an apology from DeGeneres.)
  • Piling on: Newsweek has a list of other celebs, not just Garrett and Thompson, who have joined the anti-Ellen parade, including comedian and podcaster Kevin T. Porter, who has been soliciting nasty stories about her via Twitter. He calls her "notoriously one of the meanest people alive."
  • In support: DeGeneres' wife, actress Portia de Rossi, posted a graphic reading "I stand by Ellen" on Instagram Monday and thanked fans for supporting them, per US Weekly.
  • Dakota's visit: A post at Showbiz 411 says the "beginning of the end" for DeGeneres came in November, when actress Dakota Johnson appeared on the show and contradicted DeGeneres when the host said she hadn't been invited to Johnson's birthday party. "Actually, no, that's not the truth, Ellen," said Johnson. The exchange has since been in wide circulation.
  • Rumors: As all this settles, the British tabloid the Sun reports that CBS late-night host James Corden is a top contender to replace DeGeneres at NBC. But Twitter has other ideas, ranging from RuPaul to Jerry Seinfeld, per the New York Post.
(Read more Ellen DeGeneres stories.)

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