Season 18 of the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” was originally slated to premiere on Sept. 9. However, given the recent turmoil surrounding the daytime talk show, the premiere date has been pushed back.
The show now premieres on Sept. 14, according to Variety. In addition to postponing the premiere date, the studio fired multiple senior-level producers.
The changes come amidst a bevy of allegations from former employees. Dozens of ex-staffers spoke out saying the production team made the set a “toxic” environment.” They accused higher-level producers of sexual misconduct and racial insensitivity.
Ellen DeGeneres Shares a Note with Staff
On Monday, DeGeneres sent a note to the staff to apologize. In short, she claims she was unaware of the reality of the situation on the set.
“I’m so so sorry for what this has become. I’ve left this to be a well-oiled machine, and I realize it’s not a machine…its human beings,” her message reads, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I apologize for anyone who’s feelings I’ve hurt. I’m not perfect. I’m multi-layered and I learn from my mistakes. I care about each and every one of you. I’m grateful for each and every one of you.”
Earlier this summer, DeGeneres’ penned a note to staff promising changes. Subsequently, the studio fired three senior-level producers.
The former producers include Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman, and Jonathan Norman. In addition to working on the “Ellen” show, the trio served as producers on DeGeneres’ “Game of Games.”
The studio already named their replacements. Long-time “Ellen Show” veterans Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner, and Derek Westervelt will continue to serve as executive producers of the series with DeGeneres at the helm. Furthermore, the show promoted resident DJ, Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss to executive producer.
Currently, the studio behind the show, Warner Bros., continues its investigation. However, the studio refused to decline on details of the investigation.