The future of The Ellen DeGeneres Show in Australia is looking uncertain, after Channel Nine confirmed it had yet to acquire the broadcast rights for the next season.
The American talk show, which has aired on Nine since 2013, is currently the subject of an internal investigation by WarnerMedia after multiple staffers alleged that bullying, racism and sexual harassment were rampant behind the scenes.
In light of the ongoing controversy, Nine spokesperson said on Monday that the network had not committed to airing the program after the end of its current series.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show faces the AXE in Australia: Nine have confirmed Ellen’s talk show ‘isn’t contracted for a new season’
‘We aren’t currently contracted to the next season,’ a representative said.
Nine also confirmed that it won’t be screening new episodes from the current season, which Ellen is recording in self-isolation from her $27million mansion in California, because they are best-of episodes.
‘In the end, they were running best-of iso compiles which we weren’t contracted to acquire,’ the spokesperson added.
Instead, the network is screening re-runs from before the the coronavirus pandemic forced production to move from the studio to Ellen’s home.
Future: Network Nine have axed Ellen’s self-isolation episodes and are screening reruns of the show. Pictured Ellen and A Current Affair host Tracy Grimshaw
Channel Nine had actually axed Ellen’s self-isolation episodes back in April, and replaced them with the American sitcom Kevin Can Wait.
But they resumed airing repeats of The Ellen DeGeneres Show just a week later.
It comes after multiple staffers stepped forward to accuse the 62-year-old host and her senior executives of perpetuating a ‘toxic work environment’.
The program’s parent company, WarnerMedia, has launched an investigation after a handful of employees went public with their grievances.
Last month, one current and ten former employees of the daytime chat show accused the three executive producers of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner, of ‘bullying’.
When approached for comment on these allegations, a Nine spokesperson said: ‘We are awaiting the findings of the internal inquiry.’
Claims: This comes as multiple staffers from The Ellen DeGeneres Show stepped forward to accuse the 62-year-old host and her senior executives of perpetuating a ‘toxic work environment’
Ellen is now allegedly telling senior figures at Telepictures and Warner Bros. that she has had enough and wants to pull the plug on the show.
Last Thursday, she attempted to do some internal damage control by issuing an apology email to current staffers, in which she appeared to deflect all blame and noted that she was ‘disappointed’ to learn the show was not ‘a place of happiness’.
The email was immediately met with backlash, with many expressing disappointment over Ellen shifting the blame to her executive producers.
Scandal: The program’s parent company, WarnerMedia, has launched an investigation after a handful of employees went public with their grievances