As the premiere date for the 19th season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show approaches, Australia’s Nine Network has announced it will not be carrying the final season of the gabfest.
The Nine Network, one of the major commercial free-to-air networks in Australia, announced it will not carry the show. The network, also known as Channel 9, did not give a specific reason for dropping the show, but Ellen is ending amid the workplace misconduct scandal that engulfed the show in summer 2020.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show won’t be returning to Channel 9 for its 19th and final season,” a Channel 9 spokesperson told TV Blackbox late last week. “It’s been a tremendous run and we wish Ellen all the best for her last season.”
In July 2020, BuzzFeed News published allegations from former employees who accused Ellen’s executive producers of harassment and making racist comments, following years of speculation in tabloids that DeGeneres’ “be kind” mantra did not extend behind the scenes.
WarnerMedia launched an investigation, which ended with executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman being fired.
The longtime talk-show host opened her 18th season with an apology to her TV viewers regarding the allegations.
In May, DeGeneres told The Hollywood Reporter that Season 19 will be the last for her show.
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TV Blackbox is reporting that pay-tv broadcaster Foxtel has also opted not to renew the former talkshow juggernaut.
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