Ellen DeGeneres show is in trouble.
After last summer’s ‘toxic workplace’ scandal, the 62-year-old host is reportedly struggling to keep her audience.
The future of the show is up for negotiation next month as ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ just has one year left on its existing deal.
via Page Six:
Her ratings have slipped 8 percent, according to official stats, and “The Kelly Clarkson Show” — which airs after “Ellen” in most syndication markets — could well take the “Ellen” show’s 3 p.m. slot if it comes to an end, TV insiders are musing.
DeGeneres came under fire for her behavior behind the scenes last summer — and producers were forced to leave amid reports about their workplace conduct.
We’re told that NBC chiefs wooed pop star Clarkson, 38, for years before she launched her eponymous show — produced and distributed by NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution — in September 2019.
It became the most-watched new daytime talk show in seven years, winning three Daytime Emmys last year, including one for Clarkson as best entertainment talk show host.
Last month, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” hit a season high — and matched DeGeneres’ numbers for the first time.
DeGeneres owns the rights to her show, so it’s impossible to replace her without launching a fresh format with a new host.
However, “Ellen” show producers at Telepictures want to keep the prestigious time slot, as a source told us: “Telepictures knows Ellen wants out, but execs want to keep the time slots and put another host in her place.”
The source further said, “Kelly would likely get Ellen’s time slots, but Telepictures will fight to keep them.”
They say all good things come to an end. This could be Ellen’s time to move on to another venture.