Ellen DeGeneres blamed the “misogynistic” press for the unfavourable consideration she acquired final summer season amid allegations that her daytime discuss present was a toxic workplace.
“I’ve to say, if no one else is saying it, it was actually fascinating as a result of I’m a girl, and it did really feel very misogynistic,” the TV host, 63, stated Thursday on “In the present day,” the place she mentioned her bombshell choice to finish “The Ellen DeGeneres Present” in 2022 after 19 seasons.
When Savannah Guthrie requested DeGeneres whether or not she felt like she was “being canceled” within the wake of the controversy, the comic replied, “I imply, I actually don’t perceive it. I nonetheless don’t perceive it. It was too orchestrated. It was too coordinated.”
DeGeneres acknowledged that it’s not unusual for individuals to “get picked on” however complained that she confronted criticism for “4 months straight.”
“After which for me to learn within the press a couple of toxic work surroundings when all I’ve ever heard from each visitor that comes on the present is what a contented ambiance that is and what a contented place is,” she added.
Final summer season, studies surfaced concerning the alleged toxic workplace at “The Ellen DeGeneres Present.” An investigation by WarnerMedia was launched in July, and three high producers had been ousted a month later. Moreover, questions loomed concerning the sincerity of DeGeneres’ long-running mantra, “Be sort.”
DeGeneres addressed the scandal in September throughout the present’s season premiere, vowing to viewers that she is the “particular person you see on TV.”
Trying again on her return to the present final fall, the Emmy winner instructed Guthrie, 49, on Thursday that she felt she had no selection however to deal with the studies head-on.
“How can I be an instance for energy and perseverance and energy if I surrender and run away?” she requested. “It actually is likely one of the causes I got here again. I labored actually exhausting on myself.”
DeGeneres additionally insisted she shouldn’t be ending her long-running discuss present due to the workplace scandal and sinking rankings.
“If it was why I used to be quitting, I might haven’t come again this yr,” DeGeneres stated of the workplace scandal. “I actually did take into consideration not coming again, as a result of it was devastating.”
Though DeGeneres this season had her highest premiere rankings since 2016, the rankings did falter after that. DeGeneres stated Thursday that rankings didn’t play into the choice to maneuver on after her present’s upcoming 19th season.
“As you stated, every part in tv is down. It’s acquired nothing to do with why I’m leaving. If I used to be having enjoyable, I might do that present with no one watching. So it’s acquired nothing to do with that,” she stated on “In the present day.”
As for who could fill DeGeneres’ daytime sneakers, Web page Six reported Wednesday that Tiffany Haddish “is a favourite,” in accordance with a senior NBCUniversal supply.