Ellen DeGeneres Says Allegations Surrounding Her and Her Show Made Her Feel Like She Was 'Being Canceled'
Well, folks it's the end of an era – as we reported yesterday, Ellen DeGeneres's daytime talk show is coming to an end next year after a 19-season run. Amid the show's several controversies over the past year, including an infamous – and all speculative – Twitter thread filled with alleged horror stories surrounding the host and a BuzzFeed News report from last July in which several former employees made claims of a toxic, racist, and intimidating toxic work culture, which showrunners denied, Degeneres says she felt as if she was “being canceled.”
“I mean, I really don’t understand it. I still don’t understand it,” the comedian told Today show host, Savannah Guthrie, during a roughly 30-minute sit-down interview. “It was too orchestrated. It was too coordinated. And you know, 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 what a happy place it is.”
Despite the onslaught of controversies surrounding her alleged disrespectful behavior and claims of a toxic workplace, DeGeneres maintains that the allegations are unrelated to the decision to pull the plug on the iconic talk show. “if it was why I was quitting, I would have not come back this year," the star explained. "I really did think about not coming back. It was devastating. I am a kind person. I am a person who likes to make people happy. I just kept saying to Portia if I was a fan of somebody, and even though I loved them I would think there must be some truth to it because it is not stopping. And then right on the heels of that I hear that there is a toxic work environment, which I had no idea, never saw anything that would even point to that.”
So folks, regardless of what DeGeneres attributes to the end of her longtime TV program, there's one thing we know for sure – actress and famously scorned Ellen guest Dakota Johnson is somewhere weeping tears of joy. Congrats, Dakota. Now, go buy yourself some limes to celebrate …. oh, wait.