Ellen DeGeneres’ empire seems to be falling around her.
The criticism of the comedienne and the allegedly toxic workplace at her daytime talk show has reached a fever pitch, where even big names in the industry are beginning to call her out. The quarantine period has exposed Ellen as out of touch and “mean,” and what was once considered an open secret in Hollywood is now known to all.
After an apology that deflected responsibility for her show’s environment, the Finding Dory actress now has to decide how to move forward — but according to one insider, she might choose not to move forward with the show at all! DailyMail.com spoke with a source at Telepictures, the production company behind The Ellen Degeneres Show, who said at this point, Ellen may prefer to cut her losses.
“She feels she can’t go on and the only way to recover her personal brand from this is to shut down the show. The truth is she knew what was going on, it’s her show. The buck stops with her. She can blame every executive under the sun — but Ellen is ultimately the one to blame.”
Not only that, but the source claimed the production company may prefer it if the 62-year-old would get gone. They shared:
“Inside Telepictures we’ve had enough of her. She is a phony who does not practice what she preaches. The behavior of her show executives has been appalling, but [Ellen] is no better. In fact, she is the worst. It’s outrageous that she is trying to pretend that this is all a shock to her. The fish rots from the head, and Ellen is the head. … At this point, there’s really no way to save the show from this PR nightmare, so Ellen leaving may be the only way for this entire mess to go away. While it is our most profitable show in daytime, we no longer make the money we used to make from the show, as we have to pay her tens of millions of dollars per year to show up.”
However, despite sounding fed up over having “dealt with her BS for so many years,” the media frenzy around Ellen’s behavior still came as a surprise. The insider added:
“We thought our problems were with the cast upheaval at The Real, we had no idea that Ellen would implode during quarantine.”
Despite the behind-the-scenes drama, producer Andy Lassner tweeted on Thursday:
“Nobody is going off the air.”
Meanwhile, disgruntled staffers have rejected the weak apology Ellen offered. One anonymous employee said:
“Don’t think for a minute anything she has said in that apology means anything. She created and then enabled this toxic culture to go on for so long. If anyone had come to her or those three vile EPs to complain, they would’ve been fired.”
“She’s only addressing this now because the publicity is so bad for her and her BS brand of happiness and kindness. Ellen can throw everyone else under the bus, but the buck stops with her. Whenever she’d tell viewers to choose kindness, I’d throw up a little in my mouth because she always chose the opposite.”
Another source inside the show called for its cancellation, saying:
“Warner Bros should cancel our show or swap her out for a fun celebrity host. Viewers have been fed lies for years. The Ellen you see on TV is disingenuous and inauthentic. She’s a horrible person who has done nothing to support 99% of the people who work for her. Yet they won’t cancel it as all they care about is money and the show is a cash cow.”
Phew!! We almost can’t keep up with all this Ellen news — it seems like things are really starting to escalate! It will be VERY inneresting to see where all this leads.
What do U think, Perezcious readers? Will this finally be the end for The Ellen Degeneres Show after 17 years? Or can she still turn the ship around? Leave your thoughts in the comments (below)!
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