After a tumultuous summer, The Ellen DeGeneres Show is back on schedule for a new season this fall. According to a press release shared by The Daily Beast’s Matt Wilstein, the daytime talk show will return for Season 18 Sept. 21, with DeGeneres back as the host.
“I can’t wait to get back to work and back to our studio. And, yes, we’re gonna talk about it,” DeGeneres said in the press release, referring to the drama surrounding her show for months now. According to The Wrap, Tiffany Haddish is set to appear as DeGeneres’ first celebrity guest, and Kerry Washington, Alec Baldwin and Chrissy Teigen are expected to appear on episodes airing later in the week. Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Adam Sandler and Orlando Bloom are also scheduled to appear this season.
The news of her return comes after rumors swirled that DeGeneres would not be hosting her show again, or that the show had been canceled. The Ellen Show was the subject of multiple investigative reports this summer, beginning with complaints from her crew early on in the coronavirus pandemic that they had received little to no communication from producers and that their pay had been cut when production moved to DeGeneres’ house.
In July, Buzzfeed News published a bombshell report with interviews from former and current employees who claimed that DeGeneres’ “Be Kind” mantra did not add up to behavior they witness behind the scenes, which they said created a toxic work environment on the show. Not long after, Buzzfeed published a second piece detailing sexual harassment and abuse claims against The Ellen Show producers, which led to the firing of three senior producers on the show.
DeGeneres address the claims twice this summer, apologizing to her employees in a letter that she wasn’t aware of their concerns and that she vowed to do her part going forward. And just last month, Ellen Show staffers were granted increased perks and told by producers “don’t be afraid” on a video call with DeGeneres.