Following a summer hiatus marked with rumors, scandals, investigations and staff shakeups, The Ellen Degeneres Show is officially returning to television on Monday, September 21.
In a statement, DeGeneres vowed to address the controversy during the season premiere.
“I can’t wait to get back to work and back to our studio,” said DeGeneres. “And, yes, we’re gonna talk about it.”
How deep into “it” Ellen will venture is anyone’s guess — there’s no shortage of material to potentially cover.
But it’s safe to assume she’ll address the allegations of a toxic workplace environment leveled against the show and the subsequent investigation by WarnerMedia that led to the firing of three senior level producers.
We don’t expect much comment on the most recent accusations from former house staff alleging an equally toxic environment.
Ellen has previously told staff:
“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.”
The season 18 premiere will feature Tiffany Haddish in-studio, as well as appearances from Kerry Washington, Alec Baldwin, Chrissy Teigen, Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Adam Sandler and Orlando Bloom.