By: KENNEDY PLUMMER
September 21, 2020 was a big day for many talk show hosts. It was the start to a new season for several shows. Shows like The Wendy Williams show, The Real, The Kelly Clarkson show, and many more made their debut of their new seasons. Although this was exciting, there was no talk show that had people filled with anticipation more than the Ellen Degeneres show.
The Ellen Degeneres show has been around for years, and Monday the 21st was the start of Ellen’s 18th season. Her show has been known for bringing joy to people, a place where you can be yourself, and a reminder to “Be kind to one another”. This past summer, many allegations have posed questions as to how KIND the “Be Kind” show really is, since Be Kind is Ellen’s trademark. To sum up what took place this past summer, accusations from several former and current Ellen employees came forward discussing unfair treatment that they received working for the show. People claimed to have been discriminated against, mistreated, and many more unwatched treatments by people of high authority like producers etc. This spared Ellen to give an opening apology minutes into her first show.
During Ellen’s apology, she immediately acknowledged the surface of what took place over the summer. She also mentioned that they took care of what needed to be done. This included firing several top producers because of the way they treated others. She also gave insight to what the future looks like, stating that this is the start of a new chapter. A new beginning. A positive to this new beginning is that Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Ellen’s DJ, is now being moved up to co-executive producer. This brings hope to the future of Ellen because it embodies a more diverse group of leaders at the top of her work field. Especially in spite of all that has taken place for decades regarding equality for different races. Later into the show, Ellen had actress, Tiffany Haddish, as a guest on her show. They talked, asked questions, laughed and more. Ellen also had a family that had been struggling through Covid-19 times, and her partner, Shutterfly, donated about 75,000 dollars! This is a sign that Ellen’s show is getting back to what many people love! A place for joy, giving, kindness and more. It will be interesting to see what the future of The Ellen Show holds. Hopefully there are many more seasons of moving forward with positivity… and cheers to season 18!