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The ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Bringing Back Live Audience for First Time Since Pandemic Began

by Keeli Parkey
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Ellen DeGeneres will soon be dancing before a live studio audience again. However, she will be dancing before fewer fans than before the global COVID-19 pandemic began.

According to Fox News, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” will be broadcast on Oct. 28 with 40 fans sitting in the studio in order to practice social distancing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Safety protocols will be in place for those in attendance. There will also be 70 fans virtually filling the remaining seats. 

Halloween is just a few days away from the Oct. 28 air date. The holiday has traditionally been a time when the comedian scares guests and dresses up as other celebrities. Fans should also expect DeGeneres to begin her popular 12 Days of Giveaways as her live audience returns.

The popular show is now in its 18th season. It began filming on Sept. 21 without an audience in attendance.

Degeneres was in the news earlier this year, not for a joke or a prank, but for allegations, she allowed “sexual misconduct” and a “toxic work environment” to take place on the show.

DeGeneres commented on this during the first episode of Season 18, reportedly saying: “As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened.”

She also went on to say: “I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realized that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”

Warner Bros. produces “The Ellen Degeneres Show.”