Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show returning amid controversy: ‘Yes, we’re gonna talk about it’

Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show is back and she plans to address the elephant in the room.

The embattled host revealed Tuesday that “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will return in-studio for Season 18 with a guest appearance from comedian Tiffany Haddish on Sept. 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 harassment and workplace toxicity leveled by unnamed former staffers at “Ellen.”

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The host of the popular, long-running daytime talk show, which has aired in syndication since 2003, expressed regret about the accusations in a July letter to staffers while studio Warner Bros. conducted an internal review of worker complaints. The internal workplace review has so far resulted in the ousting of three producers. 

“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,” DeGeneres 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.”

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The scandal made many question the future of “The Ellen DeGeneres 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 due to 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. 

Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who stood by his boss’ side throughout the scandal, will also return this Fall and is pegged to guest host upcoming episodes of “Ellen.”

Contributing: Gary Levin, Kelly Lawler

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