Staff members of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ who are upset over the toxic work environment at the set have given a new name to Ellen DeGeneres. They are reportedly calling her “Talk Show Karen”. Production sources told DailyMail.com that staffers called the 62-year-old host “Talk Show Karen” while discussing the recent turbulence. ‘Karen’ has become a term often used for White middle-aged women throwing their privilege around.
“Who would’ve thought that one of America’s most loved personalities would morph into America’s most famous Karen? There’s no way anyone on staff wants Karen and her band of toxic executives to return,” production sources said.
The exclusive details came as a source from Telepictures revealed that Ellen might be replaced, with talks of Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, Melissa McCarthy, and Jennifer Aniston as potential replacements. “All four have global name recognition and their own following. They are all genuinely warm and could carry an Ellen-less show,” the insider said. The insider also refuted the claims that James Corden is being lined up to replace Ellen.
“James Corden is definitely not under consideration as he has a long term deal with CBS and if he was interested in a daytime show, CBS would develop one for him. Regardless, he’s busy enough in late night so it’s not going to happen. The lesson for a post-Ellen world is to have someone who is genuinely nice and likable,” the source said.
Continuing further, they added: “Sean [Hayes] is currently the front runner as he has availability and he has proven successful when he has guest hosted Ellen in the past,” they said. ‘It’s funny how history repeats itself. Many of us remember when Rosie O’Donnell was the queen of nice. Look how that turned out. She wasn’t! Ellen is Rosie 2.0. Everyone now knows that she is not what she sold herself as. She’s just mean, mean, mean.
“If Ellen does walk, we have less than six weeks to keep our clearances (time periods) and build a new show around a new host with new show runners. Otherwise, NBC could take the time slots back and up Kelly Clarkson a show that they own. Our show in its current form won’t work. The Ellen production staff and Warner Bros’ executives lost faith in the three executive producers of the show and Ellen. This is a PR nightmare that you can’t recover from.”
Meanwhile, another report claimed that Telepictures has confirmed that Ellen will reportedly come back to host the upcoming season of the show, though an investigation is going on into allegations of toxic work culture. An insider close to the show’s production refuted the comedian’s replacement claims and confirmed that “no one is stepping in or taking over” in place of her. The insider added that the shooting for Ellens’ spin-off show, ‘Ellen’s Game of Games’, will start from August 24 in the studio, while the host’s personal spokesperson said that the show will return to the airwaves on September 9.