Ellen DeGeneres loses million viewers after ‘toxic’ scandal that led to firings

Ellen DeGeneres has lost more than one million viewers from her daily talk show.

The decrease in ratings comes after she endured a summer of controversy after past and present employees hit her with accusations that she has enabled a "toxic culture" behind the scenes.

The allegations blew up into a formal investigation – led by WarnerMedia – and Ellen's back was against the wall as she had to fire some people who work behind the scenes.

Ellen returned to her talk show in September where she addressed the controversy in a lengthy monologue.

While a lot of viewers tuned in for the apology – giving it the highest ratings for an Ellen premiere in four years – the same can't be said for the episodes after.

The show has since lost more than a million viewers since September, according to the research firm Nielsen, averaging 1.5 million viewers over the last six months, down from 2.6 million in the same period last year.

The sharp decline came after Ellen promised to create a workplace where "everyone would be treated with respect".

The lower figures may also be reflective of the changing habits of viewers during the pandemic.

What's more, Ellen's talk show is still one of the highest in the ranks, with it being the third highest rated syndicated talk show this season to date.

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Returning to her show in September, Ellen said: "As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show. And then there was an investigation.

"I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very serious;y, and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected.

"I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and I realise that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility at what happens at my show.

"This is The Ellen DeGeneres show. I am Ellen DeGeneres. We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today, we are starting a new chapter."

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She concluded: "If I've ever let someone down, if I've ever hurt their feelings, I am so sorry for that. If that's ever the case, I've let myself down and I've hurt myself as well.

"I still want to be the one hour a day that people can go to escape and laugh. I want to continue to help all the people that we help every day.

"I am committed to making this the best season we have ever had."

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