The Ellen DeGeneres Show is cancelled on Australia's Channel Nine

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is CANCELLED on Channel Nine amid accusations of a ‘toxic’ workplace

  • The U.S. talk show has been pulled from Channel Nine’s midday time slot and replaced by reruns of Desperate Housewives 
  • The program is currently the subject of an internal investigation amid claims of racism, bullying and sexual harassment behind the scenes
  • In response to the growing outrage, Warner Bros. Television announced last Monday that three senior producers had been fired 

Channel Nine has stopped airing The Ellen DeGeneres Show effective as of Monday.

The network is instead airing reruns of Desperate Housewives – which previously screened on Seven – during Ellen’s usual time slot between 12pm and 1pm.

‘We are resting Ellen repeats on Nine and have replaced with Desperate Housewives,’ a Nine spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.

Dropped from the main event: Channel Nine has stopped airing The Ellen DeGeneres Show effective as of Monday. Pictured: Ellen DeGeneres on September 20, 2014, in West Hollywood

While The Ellen DeGeneres Show is being pulled from Nine’s schedule for the time being, repeats will continue to air on multichannel 9Gem.

Daily Mail Australia understands that Nine is in talks with Warner Bros. regarding syndication rights for the upcoming season, which begins next month.

The U.S. talk show, which has aired on Nine since 2013, is currently the subject of an internal investigation by WarnerMedia, after multiple staffers alleged that bullying, racism and sexual harassment were rampant behind the scenes.

Pulled from the schedule: ‘We are resting Ellen repeats on Nine and have replaced with Desperate Housewives,’ a Nine spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia 

Earlier this month, a Nine representative confirmed the network had chosen not to air new episodes from the current season, which Ellen is recording in self-isolation from her $27million mansion in California, because they were best-of episodes.

‘In the end, they were running best-of iso compiles which we weren’t contracted to acquire,’ the spokesperson said.

Instead, Nine opted to screen reruns of The Ellen DeGeneres Show from before the coronavirus pandemic forced production to move from the studio to Ellen’s home.

However, these repeats have now stopped airing altogether, with soap opera Desperate Housewives – starring Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman and Eva Longoria – filling the midday time slot instead. 

Replaced: The network is instead airing reruns of Desperate Housewives – which previously screened on Seven – during Ellen’s usual time slot between 12pm and 1pm. Pictured: Desperate Housewives stars (L-R) Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria and Felicity Huffman

Nine had previously stopped airing Ellen’s self-isolation broadcasts back in April, and replaced them with the American sitcom Kevin Can Wait.

But the network resumed airing repeats of The Ellen DeGeneres Show a week later.

It remains to be seen if Nine relents once again by pulling Desperate Housewives from the schedule and reinstating Ellen.

Almost gone: As well as 9Gem, the show will continue to screen locally on FOX Arena. Pictured: Ellen with her wife, Australian actress Portia de Rossi, at the Golden Globe Awards in LA on January 5, 2020

As well as 9Gem, the show will continue to screen locally on FOX Arena.

The latest news comes after multiple staffers stepped forward to accuse the 62-year-old host and her senior executives of perpetuating a ‘toxic work environment’.

The program’s parent company, WarnerMedia, has launched an investigation after a handful of employees went public with their grievances.

Under scrutiny: The latest news comes after multiple staffers stepped forward to accuse the 62-year-old host and her senior executives of perpetuating a ‘toxic work environment’

Last month, one current and ten former employees accused the three executive producers of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner, of ‘bullying’.

When approached for comment on these allegations, a Nine spokesperson said on August 10: ‘We are awaiting the findings of the internal inquiry.’

On July 30, Ellen attempted to do some internal damage control by issuing an apology email to current staffers, in which she appeared to deflect all blame and noted that she was ‘disappointed’ to learn the show was not ‘a place of happiness’.

The email was met with immediate backlash, with many expressing disappointment over Ellen shifting the blame on to her executive producers.

Sacked: In response to the growing outrage, Warner Bros. announced last Monday that three senior producers had been fired from Ellen’s show: Ed Glavin, one of the executive producers; Jonathan Norman, a co-executive producer; and Kevin Leman, the show’s head writer 

Ellen DeGeneres’ memo to her staff addressing mistreatment allegations

Hey everybody — it’s Ellen. 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. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show.

I could not have the success I’ve had without all of your contributions. My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that. Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues. As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.

I’m also learning that people who work with me and for me are speaking on my behalf and misrepresenting who I am and that has to stop. As someone who was judged and nearly lost everything for just being who I am, I truly understand and have deep compassion for those being looked at differently, or treated unfairly, not equal, or — worse — disregarded. To think that any one of you felt that way is awful to me. It’s been way too long, but we’re finally having conversations about fairness and justice. 

We all have to be more mindful about the way our words and actions affect others, and I’m glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention. I promise to do my part in continuing to push myself and everyone around me to learn and grow. It’s important to me and to Warner Bros. that everyone who has something to say can speak up and feels safe doing so.

I am so proud of the work we do and the fun and joy we all help put out in the world. I want everyone at home to love our show and I want everyone who makes it to love working on it. Again, I’m so sorry to anyone who didn’t have that experience. If not for COVID, I’d have done this in person, and I can’t wait to be back on our stage and see you all then. Stay safe and healthy. 

Love, Ellen

In response to the growing outrage, Warner Bros. Television announced last Monday that three senior producers had been fired from Ellen’s show: Ed Glavin, one of the executive producers; Jonathan Norman, a co-executive producer; and Kevin Leman, the show’s head writer.

They were sacked following an internal investigation into multiple allegations of a ‘toxic’ work culture behind the scenes of the popular daytime talk show.

Employees described working in a culture rife with ‘racism, fear and intimidation’.

Much of the employees’ fury was directed at Glavin, along with producers Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner – but Connelly and Lassner both retained their jobs and will continue to work in the same roles. 

The show must go on? Ellen is under contract to continue hosting The Ellen DeGeneres Show for Warner Bros. Television through 2022, and she recently signed a new deal to develop three shows for WarnerMedia’s new streaming platform, HBO Max

Ellen addressed staff last Monday via video chat to announce the firings, while also revealing that the show’s DJ, Stephen Laurel ‘tWitch’ Boss, had been promoted to executive producer.

The comedian offered up a second apology to her staffers during the same video call, following an earlier apology in July in which she presented the misconduct allegations as something that she wasn’t aware of.

Ellen is under contract to continue hosting The Ellen DeGeneres Show for Warner Bros. Television through 2022, and she recently signed a new deal to develop three shows for WarnerMedia’s new streaming platform, HBO Max.

Though much of the misconduct was alleged to come from her top staff, more recently the focus has turned to Ellen’s own behaviour.

Clearing the air: Though much of the misconduct was alleged to come from her top staff, more recently the focus has turned to Ellen’s own behaviour. On Friday, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara responded after footage of Ellen poking fun at her accent resurfaced and went viral


Explanation: The Colombian-born actress claimed they were just ‘two comedians having fun with each other to entertain’. The footage she was referring to showed Ellen making fun of Sofia’s English-speaking skills on multiple occasions

On Friday, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara responded after footage of Ellen poking fun at her accent resurfaced and went viral.

The Colombian-born actress claimed they were just ‘two comedians having fun with each other to entertain.’

‘I was never a victim guys,’ Sofia added. ‘I was always in on the joke.’

Comedian Kevin Hart also came to his friend’s defence, and claimed that Ellen and her staff had always been kind to him and his own employees.

However, it’s important to note that Ellen has never been accused of mistreating people she considered her equals.

Strong bond: Comedian Kevin Hart (second from left) also came to his friend’s defence, and claimed that Ellen (second from right) and her staff had always been kind to him and his own employees. Pictured with Kevin’s wife, Eniko Hart (left), and Ellen’s wife, Portia de Rossi (right)

On Thursday, Variety reported that Ellen’s latest damage control strategy was to offer her employees new benefits.

Staffers will now get five paid days off for use as they please – though it wasn’t clear if this was in addition to their vacation time.

Employees will also get their birthdays off with pay, and there’s a more liberal policy for paid time off for medical appointments and family matters.

Ironically, the news was delivered by Connelly and Lassner, who have been widely accused by staffers as being the cause of problems on set.

Inducements: On Thursday, Variety reported that Ellen’s latest damage control strategy was to offer her employees new benefits

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