Ellen DeGeneres slams ‘cancel culture’ as chat show ends after ‘toxic workplace’ claims

Ellen DeGeneres announces ‘last season’

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After almost two decades of broadcasting across the globe, Ellen DeGeneres has officially announced that The Ellen Show will cease production in 2022. It comes after members of production staff claimed they were bullied on the show.

This culture we’re living is [is one where] no one can make mistakes.

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen, 63, has insisted that the programme which has seen guests such as Michelle Obama and Adele take part in various challenges came to a “natural end” after realising she is “not challenged anymore”.

Despite the show once boasting monumental ratings and booking some of the world’s biggest stars, Ellen has struggled to maintain a large audience since damaging claims were made against her last year.

Fans across the world were left shocked in 2020 when a BuzzFeed article claimed that members of staff believed that the show, filmed in Hollywood, was a “toxic workplace”.

In light of the revelations, Ellen publicly addressed the claims on air and admitted that bosses behind the scenes were carrying out an internal investigation.

Speaking about the allegations and her programme ending, she said: “So, there was an internal investigation, obviously, and we learned some things, but this culture we’re living is [is one where] no one can make mistakes.

“And I don’t want to generalise because there are some bad people out there and those people shouldn’t work again, but in general, the culture today is one where you can’t learn and grow, which is, as human beings, what we’re here to do.”

The Finding Dory star went on to tell The Hollywood Reporter: “I make sure people know that if there’s ever a question or ever anything, they can come to me, and I don’t know why that was never considered before. I’m not a scary person. I’m really easy to talk to.”

“When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged and as great as this show is, and as fun, as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” she said.

Speaking about her decision to end the show, Ellen said: “I was going to stop after season 16 that was going to be my last season, and they wanted to sign for four more years and I said I’d sign maybe for one they were saying there was no way to sign for one.

“So, we [settled] on three more years, and I knew that would be my last, that’s been the plan all along.

“And everybody kept saying, even when I signed, ‘You know, that’s going to be 19, don’t you want to just go to 20? It’s a good number,’ so is 19.”

Ellen said that while it will be “really hard” on the last day she knows that it would be the right decision for her, before refuting claims that last year’s allegations of the set being a “toxic” workplace was a contributing factor.

Ellen said: “If I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season.”

She claims that her Hollywood agent, Eddy Yablans, defied the stereotypical advice of an agent and told her to “sit still for a minute” before adding that he “cares tremendously” first about her as a person before her wealth and career.

Last year, Ellen addressed the scandal around the programme, telling viewers: “I learned that things happen here that never should have happened.

“I take that very seriously. And I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected.”

Speaking about the effect the accusations had on her, the comedian admitted that they had “destroyed” her.

“My whole being is about making people happy,” she explained.

“And with the talk show, all I cared about was spreading kindness and compassion, and everything I stand for was being attacked.

She continued: “So, it destroyed me, honestly.”

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