“Ellen” Ends

By Darsh Mirchandani


Ellen DeGeneres has been hosting her television show for almost two decades, and after more than 3,000 episodes, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will be ending. This is due to a big controversy regarding the show’s work environment and how DeGeneres treated other people who work on the show.


Employees of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” complained about DeGeneres' penalization for taking medical leave, racially insensitive acts, and her “be kind” attitude that they claimed was all for show. All of these factors came together to create a toxic environment on the show, and many of the former employees blamed high-ranking producers for the uncomfortable atmosphere. They also said that even though DeGeneres was not inherently responsible, they felt she should have paid more attention as it is her name on the brand. One ex-employee of the show told Buzzfeed that she feared retribution for speaking out.


Senior staffers took responsibility for issues permeating the environment at "The Ellen Show."


“It’s not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us, for the record, the day-to-day responsibility of ‘The Ellen Show’ is completely on us. We take all of this very seriously and we realize, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better,” said the executive producers.


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“The producers creating a toxic environment and bullying employees is plenty of reason for the show to end,” said seventh grader Ryan Coyle.


DeGeneres cited that her reason for ending the show is that creative people constantly need to be challenged, and stated, “as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it's just not a challenge anymore.”


There are many celebrities and former guest stars that appeared on “The Ellen Show” who supported DeGeneres throughout these allegations. Among those people are Katy Perry, Kevin Hart and Alec Baldwin, and many others posted about their positive experiences with DeGeneres on social media.


However, there are many people who feel that DeGeneres is at fault and deserves what is coming.


“I think her ending is what she deserves since putting an act in front of the camera is just wrong,” said seventh grader Aishwarya Hari.