Ellen DeGenres' talk show is back and she plans on addressing the elephant in the room.
The now notorious host revealed pn Tuesday that The Ellen DeGeneres Show will return in-studio for season 18 with a guest appearance from comedian Tiffany Haddish on September 21.
"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 a press release obtained by USA Today Tuesday.
And by "it," DeGeneres is referring to allegations of racism, sexual harrasment and workplace toxicity leveled against her by anonymous former staffers.
The host of the popular, long-running daytime talk show had expressed her disappointment towards the accusations in a letter she wrote in July to staffers.
"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," she wrote. "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."
The Warner Bros. studio had also conducted an internal review of worker complaints. The internal workplace review has so far resulted in the ousting of three producers.
The scandal made many question the future of show but it appears DeGeneres is ready to face it head on.
Her show will return to the 'Ellen stage' on the Warner Bros. lot without an in-studio audience, owing to the coronavirus restrictions that forced production to suspend in March.
DeGeneres' premiere week will feature celebrity appearances from Kerry Washington, Alec Baldwin and Chrissy Teigen. Other guests, including Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Adam Sandler and Orlando Bloom, will appear throughout the month, according to the outlet.
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