Producers from The Ellen Show have addressed rumors of its cancellation amid allegations of “mean” conduct from the show’s host, Ellen DeGeneres, and falling ratings.
Talk of the show’s cancellation—first reported by The Sun—stemmed from an outpouring of negative experiences with DeGeneres herself, including firsthand accounts from guests like transgender YouTuber Nikkie de Jager, a.k.a. @NikkieTutorials, and staffers like one of DeGeneres’s former bodyguards, who told Fox News working for her was “demeaning.”
The Ellen Show’s ratings also recently fell 14% to a new Season 17 low, according to TVNewsCheck. The popular talk show has been on the air since 2003.
Speaking to The New York Post this Wednesday, July 1, reps from Telepictures, DeGeneres’s production company, confirmed the cancellation rumors are “untrue.”
Yes, that was me at the Cowboys game with George W. Bush over the weekend. Here’s the whole story. pic.twitter.com/AYiwY5gTIS
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 8, 2019
The 62-year-old talk-show host also came under fire last fall for her “friendship” with former President George W. Bush.
The pair were photographed together at a Dallas Cowboys game in October. The incident sparked criticism from LGBTQ Ellen Show fans, who wondered how the pioneering lesbian comic could be “friends” with such a controversial Republican public figure.
Her talk show aside, DeGeneres has been a familiar face on television screens in America for decades. Her eponymous ’90s sitcom made TV history with the now-famous “Puppy Episode,” which saw DeGeneres come out as a lesbian. The groundbreaking episode aired in 1997 but has stuck with many gay fans for years.