Ellen DeGeneres is returning for a new season, and she's set to discuss the elephant in the room.
On Tuesday, DeGeneres announced that her talk show will return for its eighteenth season on Sept. 21, The Wrap reports. This comes as the host has been under fire while facing complaints about the workplace culture at her show.
"I can't wait to get back to work and back to our studio," DeGeneres said on Tuesday. "And, yes, we're gonna talk about it."
In July, BuzzFeed News interviewed one current and 10 former employees of The Ellen DeGeneres Show who alleged they "faced racism, fear, and intimidation" while working there, and BuzzFeed alsolater reported that "sexual harassment and misconduct by top executive producers runs rampant" at the show, according to dozens of former staffers. An investigation into the show's workplace culture was launched in July, and in August, three top producers were ousted.
DeGeneres apologized to her staff in July, saying, "On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case."
A number of celebrities have come to DeGeneres' defense during the scandal, and according to the Tuesday announcement, the host will be joined during her first week back by Tiffany Haddish, Kerry Washington, Alec Baldwin, and Chrissy Teigen. Brendan Morrow
Fallon's The TonightShow, which has been broadcast from his house since March,this week began once again filming at the show's Rockefeller Center studio in New York City. He's the first of the late night hosts to resume production in his studio during the COVID-19 pandemic, Deadline reports, though Conan O'Brien recently began filming his show at the Largo at The Coronet in Los Angeles. Like Conan, The TonightShow still doesn't have an audience, and according to Deadline, a "majority" of Fallon's staff will continue working from home.
On Monday's Tonight Show, a mask-wearing Fallon was seen walking back to work through the streets of Manhattan and having his temperature checked upon arriving, and in an opening monologue, he explained that everyone in the studio tested negative for COVID-19 before returning and that members of the production crew will be wearing masks and face shields.
Fallon also offered a "thank you" to those who helped New York City, which recently reported no new COVID-19 deaths for the first time in months, get "back to where we are now." Still, as the U.S. continues to set records for number of new COVID-19 cases, to those states like Florida and Arizona experiencing a surge in infections, Fallon said, "I guess I'm here to show you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel if we all do our part to keep each other safe."