James Corden is being tipped to take over The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s coveted daytime slot as it faces an internal probe – which has left the queer community less than impressed.
Ellen DeGeneres is reportedly close to quitting her show in order to “recover her personal brand”, as her long-running talk show is investigated over allegations the set is “dominated by fear”.
Warner Bros launched the probe after a number of ex-staffers told BuzzFeed they had experienced bullying, intimidation and racism. Since then, more than a dozen other former employees have made allegations that the set is rife with sexual misconduct, with a number of producers denying claims they harassed staff members. Warner Bros has declined to comment on these claims.
Should Ellen decide to hang up her mic, Corden is reportedly top of NBC’s list to replace her.
The network’s chairman Paul Telegdy is reportedly a “huge fan” of the Late Late Show host, who according to The Sun, was viewed as “the long term successor” even before Ellen was blighted by scandal.
“James Corden was being eyed for Ellen’s job in the long term before any of this came to light,” an insider told the outlet.
“Replacing Ellen was always going to be a tough challenge, but he is a natural fit and easy transition.”
The paper notes that Corden is contracted to CBS until 2022.
News that DeGeneres, TV’s most prominent (if problematic) queer person, could be replaced with yet another straight cis white man was roundly met with disappointment on Twitter.
though tbh the best way to do again for the queer community what this show once did would be to hire a trans host. that would honor the boundary-breaking role Ellen once played while also publicly accepting the reality that she is no longer on the side of the boundary breakers.
— Claire Willett (@clairewillett) August 2, 2020
It’s taken quite some time but Ellen replaced Oprah. Now James Corden might take over for Ellen. The full transition from revolutionary black female icon to cis straight white male.
— tzatzikiel elliott (@mcm913) August 2, 2020
Once again, Ellen Page was floated as an ideal successor.
Why are we talking about replacing Ellen with James Corden?
Just replace her with Ellen Page. Another out lesbian, and you don’t even have to change the name of the show! pic.twitter.com/k0cq1LeBna
— Robert Richmond (@RobertRichmond0) August 2, 2020
Idk why they’re even considering James Corden for taking over Ellen when Ellen Page is right there and you wouldn’t even have to change the name of the show and you’d get a superior lesbian in the bargain
— Team Edward ACAB (@isabelloughlin) August 2, 2020
Though Wanda Sykes, a regular guest on Ellen, is arguably the more qualified choice.
why replace ellen degeneres w james cordon when we have wanda sykes? pic.twitter.com/JG9jmnGXCf
— Madeline (@madelinem97) August 2, 2020
Many pointed out that Kate McKinnon has already proved her chops.
Can we replace Ellen with Kate McKinnon as Ellen? Not James Corden? Please? Anybody but James Corden. pic.twitter.com/qzY0Zh3MHJ
— Kristin (@KristinLasVegas) August 2, 2020
If network executives are truly determined to give the slot to a man, some are hopeful that they’ll at least appoint somebody queer.
replace ellen with jujubee
— Kev Berry (@KevGoshdarn) August 2, 2020
Ellen apologises to staff for alleged ‘toxic’ workplace.
Ellen DeGeneres reportedly wrote to staff to apologise for the alleged toxic culture that has engulfed the Ellen show.
“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,” the letter, seen by Us Weekly, read.
“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.”
DeGeneres also said that she often “relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Cleary some didn’t.”
The show’s executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner have also publicly apologised, telling BuzzFeed: “We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience. It’s not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us.”
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