Ellen DeGeneres is slated to begin filming the 18th season of her embattled talk show next month according to parent company Telepictures. But a viral hashtag on Twitter indicates that fans might stop watching the show unless she’s replaced with a host who can “be kind” to the production staff.
Fans were shocked when a group of former staffers made allegations that the “Queen of Nice” was carelessly ruling over a toxic workplace, empowering senior management to intimidate and demean staff.
As more employees have come forward with claims of sexual misconduct and racism by producers, DeGeneres was rumored to be looking to exit the show. However, the beleaguered host’s spokesperson confirmed production begins on August 24.
The question is, will anyone be watching? Betrayed fans have been calling for Ellen’s removal and the hashtag #ReplaceEllen is trending on Twitter. Here are their suggestions.
Why it could happen – The genuinely nice actress has been delighting her 9.4 million Instagram followers with hilarious down to earth videos throughout quarantine.
Why it might not – She stars in a new Netflix comedy, hawks credit cards for Capital One, runs an organic kid friendly food company, and Hydroboost’s Neutrogena’s skincare sales. A talk show might be one too many ventures to juggle.
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I call my mom every time I make cornbread—even though I’ve written the recipe in every notebook, even though I am sure I could toss it together in my sleep. Maybe watching this will show you why, perhaps, I just like to call my mom. ♥️ This cornbread takes no time at all, is incredibly forgiving, and is an every other day staple at my house: perfect to fill in a dinner, perfect for a snack, perfect for breakfast. Plus, it tastes like home. I hope you love it as much as I do. ♥️ . Grandmom’s Cornbread, by Patricia English Garner Ingredients: 2 Tbsp oil 3/4 cup cornmeal 1/4 cup flour 1 rounded tsp baking powder 1/4 rounded tsp baking soda 1 Tbsp sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1 egg 1 cup buttermilk . Directions: 1. Set oven to 450 degrees. Pour oil into a heavy skillet and put that in the oven. 2. Mix cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt in a bowl. 3. Add egg to the mixture and enough buttermilk until the batter is thinner than pancake batter. 4. VERY carefully take the skillet out of the oven and pour oil into batter. 5. Mix the batter and pour it into the hot skillet. 6. Return to the oven and bake. Watch carefully after 10 minutes, until brown. 7. Mom says eat with butter. 8. Yum.
Why it could happen – The iconic actor has been crushing social media with elaborate dance videos, pranks, and parodies. He’s proven his comedic chops in beloved sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and all three Bad Boys films.
Why it might not – Smith may want to lay low after wife Jada’s romantic “Entanglement” recently put a spotlight on their marriage.
Why it could happen – The Late Late Show host is one of comedy’s hottest commodities, his Carpool Karaoke segments have been viewed hundreds of millions of times on YouTube.
Why it might not – Corden has multi-year deal with rival network CBS, but his personality could keep him from landing the job… The host is notoriously rude.
Why it could happen – The very relatable Frozen actress is already involved with DeGeneres’ show, she hosts the web-based show Momsplaining on Ellen’s YouTube channel. She’s definitely a contender.
Why it might not – Even though The Good Place is over, Bell is voicing two upcoming shows, stars in the forthcoming film Queenpins, just published a children’s book, and runs a snack bar company.
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This is my first ever bathroom selfie. I’m quite pleased with it. Because #TheWorldNeedsMorePurplePeople is coming out soon!!! And with everything closed, I crafted my own tee shirt before I recorded the audio book this morning from my house. @hartben and I wrote #TheWorldNeedsMorePurplePeople, illustrated by @d_wiseman, as a guide for kids to become #PurplePeople. As @hartben said, “this book is our way to spark some human connection back into the world.” I am so very proud of this book, thank you @hartben,@d_wiseman and @randomhouse ? #ImAPurplePerson
Why it could happen – The actress is a proven comedic powerhouse with box office hits Bridesmaids, The Heat, Ghostbusters, and Life of the Party.
Why it might not – The highly sought-after actress already has a packed schedule. She’s playing Ursula in Disney’s live action version of The Little Mermaid, acting beside James Corden in the action-comedy Superintelligence, just joined Nicole Kidman in a new Hulu series, and has two other films coming out.
Why it could happen – Replace one Ellen with another Ellen and the show can keep two-thirds of the title.
Why it might not – Only one of these two Ellen’s is actually funny.
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Why it could happen – Haddish’s star has been rising in comedy since her breakout performance in Girl’s Trip. She followed up with hits Night School alongside Kevin Hart, Tyler Perry’s Nobody’s Fool, and took the lead in Like a Boss.
Why it might not – Though she had a comedy special on Netflix, Haddish is inconsistent when live. See her botched New Year’s standup below.
Why it could happen – Michael Scott is a national treasure.
Why it might not – Carrell is busy filming the Minions sequel, playing a fictional talk show host on The Morning Show, and wasting his talent on the critically panned Netflix show Space Force.
Why it could happen – Sykes has made 33 appearances on the show, had comedy specials on Netflix and HBO, and hosted her own talk show.
Why it might not – She’s known for controversial comedy. At the 2009 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Sykes drew criticism for shockingly harsh partisan jokes.
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Why it could happen – The Hollywood heavy hitter has been Ellen’s guest twenty times. Her high wattage star power could be enough to steer the show out of hot water.
Why it might not – Loyalty. Anniston and DeGeneres have been close friends since the 90’s. The Friends’ star was even the very first guest on Ellen’s show when it premiered in 2003.