Ellen DeGeneres Will End Talk Show In 2022

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres at home (screen capture)

Ellen DeGeneres will end her iconic afternoon talk show in 2022 after the upcoming 19th season beginning this fall.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

The decision, which fell to DeGeneres, is said to have been several years in the making. She informed her staff May 11, and will sit down with longtime pal and daytime predecessor Oprah Winfrey to discuss the news on Ellen‘s May 13 show.

“When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” DeGeneres tells The Hollywood Reporter, discussing the move publicly for the first time.

DeGeneres also discusses the tumultuous year she’s had as wave after wave of bad publicity kept coming:

It was very hurtful to me. I mean, very. But if I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season. So, it’s not why I’m stopping but it was hard because I was sitting at home, it was summer, and I see a story that people have to chew gum before they talk to me and I’m like, “Okay, this is hilarious.”

Then I see another story of some other ridiculous thing and then it just didn’t stop. And I wasn’t working, so I had no platform, and I didn’t want to address it on [Twitter] and I thought if I just don’t address it, it’s going to go away because it was all so stupid.

Longtime Talk Show Host Regis Philbin Dead At 88

TV personality Regis Philbin (image via David Shankbone)

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Regis Philbin, the indefatigable and downright neighborly host of talk shows and game shows who spent more time in front of a television camera than anyone else, has died. He was 88.

Philbin died Friday night of natural causes, according to a family statement.

Unfailingly perky and personable during his 60-plus years in show business, Philbin hosted live morning programs from Los Angeles and New York from the early 1970s through 2011, sharing cups of coffee and flipping through the morning papers alongside the likes of Ruta Lee, Sarah Purcell, Cyndy Garvey, Mary Hart, Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa.

Like Jack Paar before him, Philbin engaged his audience with tales about his personal life and the seemingly mundane events of his day.

You’ll recall Philbin scored a late-career win in 1999 as the host of the wildly popular primetime game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

The ratings juggernaut launched ABC into the No. 1 spot regularly drawing audiences of 30 million viewers.

According to Guinness World Records, Philbin logged more hours on TV – 16,746.50 – than any other television host in US history.

RIP Regis Philbin.

Dr. Oz Spin-Off ‘The Good Dish’ Announced For Fall 2020 With Vanessa Williams, Daphne Oz & More

Tony/Grammy Award nominee Vanessa Williams & Daphne Oz (screen capture)

Created by the producers of The Dr. Oz Show, The Good Dish will serve up chat and chow for a new talk show scheduled for Fall 2020.

Award-winning actress/singer Vanessa Williams, Daphne Oz (daughter of Dr. Oz), Top Chef’s Gail Simmons and Jamika Pessoa (The Next Food Network Star) will serve as hosts.

According to a statement, The Good Dish will offer simple shortcuts, everyday recipes, and trends that will bring families closer, save money, make life less complicated, and help them figure out what they are having for dinner.

The show is a spin-off based on segments titled “The Dish on Oz” that have been featured on The Dr. Oz Show.

John Weiser, President First Run Television, SPT. said in a released statement:

We have experienced overwhelming feedback from our audiences on “The Dish on Oz” cooking segments, which have been recently featured on The Dr. Oz Show.

When Daphne Oz and this all-star ensemble were available, we recognized the opportunity for viewers, advertisers, and local broadcast stations.

We have on-air tested this format and talent for two years perfecting this show we are now bringing to market. Spinoffs have the highest success rate of converting into multi-year franchises. In fact, spinoffs gave us the great Dr. Oz straight from Oprah!

RuPaul Talk Show Gets 3-Week Test Run On FOX

RuPaul Charles' new talk show, RuPaul, is getting a three-week test run this summer.
RuPaul Charles

RuPaul Charles’ new talk show, RuPaul, is getting a three-week test run this summer.

From Deadline:

Described as entertaining and heartfelt, the show will feature Charles’ modern take on the talk format. He will showcase his aspirational message with celebrity and newsmaker interviews, along with empowering everyday people to become their best selves. His sense of beauty, make-up and style will make the runway work for everyone.

“Now more than ever before we need a global voice that will help everyday people navigate this unique time in history,” said Charles. “Not only do I want to be a part of that conversation, I want to help facilitate it.”

The new talk show will debut June 10 and will air Monday through Friday on select Fox TV stations, including WNYW in New York and KTTV in Los Angeles.

First Latino LGBTQ Talkshow To Debut This Fall On LATV

First Latino LGBTQ Talkshow To Debut This Fall On LATV
Patrick Gomez, Enrique Sapene and Alexander Rodriguez of LATV’s ‘Glitterbomb’

LATV Network – the original national, bicultural television network – is making history as it launches its new, groundbreaking weekly talkshow, Glitterbomb, set to premiere this fall.

According to press materials, Glitterbomb is “an explosive pop-culture talk show hosted by an entirely gay, Latino, Hollywood-insider panel featuring “Entertainment Weekly” senior editor Patrick Gomez, actor Enrique Sapene and iHeartRadio personality Alexander Rodriguez.”

Combining experience from the worlds of radio, acting and journalism, the English-language show will offer insight into A-lister life from a decidedly queer Latino perspective.

With a festive and unique flavor, the show promises no subject will be too hot to handle and no scandal too spicy to dig into.

Produced at LATV’s state-of-the-art HD studios in Los Angeles, Glitterbomb plans to offer the latest in pop culture news and trends; insider looks at the latest celebrity hot spots and events; as well as some of the biggest names in entertainment.

“We could not be happier that LATV has given three gay Latinos a platform as big as Glitterbomb,” co-hosts Gomez, Rodriguez, and Sapene say in a joint statement. “But we hope that people of all races, genders, and orientations will see a bit of themselves in our show — or, at the very least, have a good time watching it!”

LATV is the only remaining Latino-owned TV network in the Hispanic television space. Its programming primarily targets U.S.-born Latinos and the coveted bicultural 18-49 Latino demographic, with content that features originally-produced shows in Los Angeles, as well as licensed content that has never before been seen in the U.S.

For more go to www.LATV.com.

Anderson Cooper cuts Botox Mother’s interview short

Anderson Cooper was talking to a mother on the “Human Barbie” episode who helps her daughter administer Botox so she doesn’t sweat. There was discussion of Beyoncé sweating or not — as if the diva was a defense.

But Anderson was having none of it. He paused, looked at the woman and said “I try to be polite to all of my guests, but I think you’re dreadful. And I honestly don’t want to talk to you anymore,” the talk show host said.

And that was that.

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