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Ellen Will Finally End Her Talk Show

The host said after 19 seasons and dismal ratings that she is finally calling it quits


After 19 seasons, an explosive workplace scandal, and a loss of over a million viewers, Ellen announced today that she's finally calling it quits with her talk show.

With more than 3,000 episodes in the can, Ellen told the Hollywood Reporter that the show will end after the 2021/2022 season. "When you're a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, It's just not a challenge anymore," Ellen told THR on Wednesday.

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Ellen DeGeneres Tests Positive For COVID-19

The Ellen Show host is the most recent celebrity to test positive for the coronavirus.

The coronavirus doesn't spare anyone, not even the rich, famous, or the controversial.

Ellen Degeneres is the most recent celebrity to test positive for COVID-19. As a result, her daytime talkshow, Ellen, will take a hiatus until at least January according to a spokesperson for the show. Ellen took to Twitter to let fans know about her diagnosis, but assured followers that she's "feeling fine right now."

Her full post, posted Thursday morning, reads: "Hi Everyone, I want to let you all know that I tested positive for Covid-19. Fortunately, I'm feeling fine right now. Anyone who has been in close contact with me has been notified, and I am following all proper CDC guidelines. I'll see you all again after the holidays. Please stay healthy and safe. Love, Ellen"

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"The Ellen DeGeneres Show": Sexual Misconduct and Ellen's Full Apology

Ellen DeGeneres' apology comes as allegations of sexual misconduct are being leveled against the show's top executives.

Update 8/18/2020: In an announcement from Warner Bros. on Monday two more executives were said to have "parted ways" with the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

In addition to Ed Glavin, executive producer Kevin Leman has now been ousted as well as co-executive producer Jonathan Norman, who is accused of having "groomed" an employee by taking him to various concerts and events that were loosely work-related before attempting to perform oral sex on him.

Remaining on as the show's executives are veterans Andy Lassner, Mary Connelly, and Derek Westervelt, along with DeGeneres herself.

It seems that every week there's a new story that casts Ellen DeGeneres in an unflattering light.

It started with her problematic friendship with George W. Bush, and has more recently included reports of her cruelty toward strangers, the way her show's staff was left feeling abandoned during the lockdown, and the generally toxic work environment that current and former crew members have reported.

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The Toxic Work Environment of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show"

A new report details the experience of former and current employees.

A new report from Buzzfeed News details the experiences of several former and one current employee of The Ellen Degeneres Show, suggesting that the show is a toxic work environment.

While Buzzfeed found corroborating documentation and accounts for many of these stories, their sources preferred to remain anonymous so as to avoid retaliation from the show's management and others in the entertainment industry.

Among the complaints were claims that managers were not open to employees complaints or issues, that people had to fight for necessary time off, and were often fired shortly after. One former employee's position was eliminated (corporate doublespeak for being fired) immediately after coming back from a month of medical leave following a suicide attempt.

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Why Isn't Ellen Stepping Up for Her Crew During Quarantine?

She makes more than enough money to take care of them

In an report from Variety on Thursday, Crew members from The Ellen Degeneres Show spoke out about their treatment during the quarantine.

Their biggest complaint seemed to be with the lack of communication they had received from the show's producers, with little information given on whether they would keep their jobs and what would happen to their pay. For two weeks, from late March through early April, there was seemingly no contact at all, as production company Telepictures sorted out how they were going to resume operations given current restrictions—which included hiring an outside, non-union firm to perform various functions, many of which existing, unionized crew members could have handled from home.
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Cohabitation in the Time of Coronavirus: Demi Lovato Stumbled into Her Boyfriend’s Instagram Live

He's also been posting a lot of romantic Instagram poetry lately, so things are looking serious.

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The era of quarantine and social distancing has forced couples to take some relationships steps they wouldn't otherwise make.

Couples in new relationships, in particular, have been forced to either move in together or face the prospect of spending months apart in isolation.

It seems that the stars really are just like us. Demi Lovato appears to be cohabiting with her new boyfriend, which fans discovered when she briefly appeared in the back of his livestream.

The man in question is Max Ehrich, an actor who played Fenmore Baldwin in The Young and the Restless, Hunter May in Under the Dome, and Freddie Ridge in The Path.

In the video, Ehlich is seated at the piano when Lovato walks in wearing a blanket. "I'm on live!" Ehrlich whispers, and Lovato covers her face and runs out of the frame.

According to an E! News source, "Lovato and Ehrich "have been quarantining together at Demi's house and it's going really well. Max is very into music and health, and he doesn't like to party. He is a good influence on Demi and they have a lot in common. They have a few mutual friends in common, but Demi has been introducing Max to her closest friends via FaceTime since being quarantined."

Apparently, the relationship is a rather new one, as just a few weeks ago Lovato told Ellen she was happily single. "I was on dating apps for a while, but as I've spent some time with myself over the past couple months, I realized that I am the type of person that will find any way to regulate when I'm sad or lonely or whatever," she said. "I have to fight those battles on my own."

Since then, perhaps because of current events, her mindset seems to have changed. Though she hasn't yet officially announced her relationship with Ehrich, last week he did post a shirtless photo with the caption "when u realize u should've packed more for your quarantine stay"—and Lovato commented "Fine by me." He's also been posting photos with her adorable dogs, who are the true heroes of any quarantine, and recently he did a cover of a Coldplay song "dedicated to D."

He's also posted some extremely romantic Instagram poetry.

Lovato isn't the only celebrity cohabiting with a new BF. Ariana Grande has apparently been snuggling up with a brand new real estate agent beau, while Lady Gaga and her man Michael Polansky are cozied up as well, despite only dating for a few months. We'll see how long the coziness lasts a couple weeks into isolation, but for now, new love is as strong as ever in Hollywood.

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