'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' Sets Premiere Date, Will Address Controversy

September 8, 2020

Monday, September 21 will mark the beginning of the 18th season of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" with a new slate of guests taking the "Ellen" stage. Host Ellen DeGeneres says she will address the show's ongoing controversy.

Upon halting production of the show in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the daytime talkshow came under fire with many past employees making claims about a toxic workplace environment.

The controversy led WarnerMedia to investigate and oust three senior producers on the show.

Now, DeGeneres is vowing to address the allegations at some point during the new season.

"I can't wait to get back to work and back to our studio. And yes, we're gonna talk about it," DeGeneres said, according to Deadline.

DeGeneres has previously issued an apology to fans of the show, saying, "“On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect,” Something changed, she said, “and for that, I am sorry.”

The first week of guests is set to include Tiffany Haddish, Kerry Washington, Alec Baldwin, and Chrissy Teigen. The show will be filmed without a live studio audience.

While most daytime talk shows are launching new seasons on September 14, "The Ellen Show" production was pushed back to accommodate further planning for the new season.

Later episodes in the season will include Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Adam Sandler, and Orlando Bloom.

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