Is Ellen DeGeneres’ show going to be cancelled because of low ratings?

Ellen Degeneres attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California © Jill Johnson/

Ellen DeGeneres has had a terrible 2020. To be fair, she brought almost all of it on herself. Even before the pandemic, Ellen was showing her ass and being problematic and unfunny. But lord, the quarantine brought out the worst in her. She’s been recording her show from her mansion, which she thinks is “like being in jail,” and the whole vibe is “off” and terribly uncomfortable. We also learned that she hasn’t lifted a finger to help hundreds of furloughed staffers and crew, not even informing them if they’ll have jobs in a few months. Compare that to the other talk show hosts, many of whom are paying staff out of pocket or doing the most to protect their people. During quarantine, we’ve also been hearing a million stories about how Ellen is actually a really mean, out of touch person who belittles everyone “beneath” her. So… would it be shocking if Ellen’s show didn’t come back?

Rumor are swirling that The Ellen DeGeneres show might be canceled. Reports have recently surfaced that the comedian’s show is sliding in ratings. Talk of the show’s possible cancellation also comes in light of allegations of the host being “mean” and “rude” to her staff.

Ellen DeGeneres’ long-running talk show continues to drop in the ratings after rumors spread that the popular host is “mean” to those around her. The program plummeted to a new record-low as backlash against the 62-year-old refuses to let up. The Ellen DeGeneres Show reportedly fell 14 percent to a new season 17 low rating of 1.2, according to TVNewsCheck. This put the series behind Live with Kelly and Ryan, which had a 2.0, and Dr. Phil, with a 1.5.

Just a few weeks ago, it had tied Dr. Phil at 1.5, it’s previous season-low rating, but it has since continued to slide.

[From The Sun]

I mean… I would assume that most daytime talk shows have actually seen declines in viewership. Even though more of us are home, we’re not watching Ellen or The View or Kelly and Ryan. Some talk show hosts have thrived when taken out of the studio – Ellen has not, but she’s still attractive to advertisers and sponsors. Anyway, Ellen’s production company says this Sun story is “untrue.” I’m more curious about what her advertisers think and whether they believe she can “right the ship” in the fall.

Ellen Degeneres attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California © Jill Johnson/

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  1. Katie_44 says:

    I certainly won’t miss her if she is cancelled.

    I’m also curious about which hosts are thriving in their shows from home? I haven’t been watching much of anything but I would watch those shows.

  2. Priscila Bezerra-Fischer says:

    I cannot with the pictures Kaiser chooses…Ellen looks demented and soulless with those freaky eyes and strange smile. LOL

    • Tanguerita says:

      So, basically, she just looks like her regular self.

    • diffraction says:

      She’s giving off major Night King vibes

      • ChillyWilly says:

        Whoa!!! Yes, totally Night King!

      • elle says:

        Thank you. I was wondering why I recognized that face and hoping that I hadn’t actually seen the devil. The Night King it is.

    • JanetDR says:

      So terrifying! Haha! I used to like her show years and years ago, but that changed. Just catching a few moments of the game show was the worst thing I have ever seen. She is so mean.

      • Snazzy says:

        Ya, I stopped liking her with the game shows and the scaring people. It’s all just so mean and not at all funny. Shows what kind of person she is inside

      • SomeChick says:

        Yeah, the scaring people thing is some grade school BS, and not especially funny. Literally anyone can do a pop scare. She has no warmth.

        Not gonna lie, she made history. But I would never go on her show!

      • North of Boston says:

        Yes, those photos OMG. I just figured out last night how to get my laptop to screen share with my big tv, so that bottom picture was especially jarring to have full size, a foot and a half across staring me in the face with the head tilt and the eyes and the smile.
        The game show and the scaring people really showed a side of her that had been there all along mixed with other stuff but has been out in full force for the last year or so. I think in general, most people are just done with mean spirited bullies, so are choosing to tune out and avoid them when that’s possible.

      • Priscila Bezerra-Fischer says:

        @North of Boston
        Oh my God, that sounds terrifying! I dont know if I could sleep if I saw her this close lol..

  3. Alexandria says:

    Not gonna miss her. She brings nothing new to the table. Hope her team can find better jobs if she is cancelled. The LGBT+ community can find better ambassadors (but please correct me and my privilege if I am wrong).

  4. TIFFANY says:

    If only there was certain staff members that can help with this issue that she is having……….

  5. Erinn says:

    She’s starting to get a weird level of resemblance to that keebler elf Jeff Sessions.

  6. SJR says:

    Fine with me if her show gets cancelled. She is a huge phony!

  7. anp says:

    I can handle the show’s cancellation.

  8. KellyRyan says:

    She can go and take Phil with her. Game shows, rerun movies or TV series, keep it light.

  9. JoJo says:

    The Sun is the worst tabloid, it’s about as truthful as Trump. I won’t believe the show is in jeopardy of being cancelled unless the information comes from Deadline,Variety,…

    I like the show because of all the money that’s given to needy family,schools,everyday heroes.BTW I know the money doesn’t come from Ellen it comes from corporate sponsors like Cheerios,Shutterfly,…

  10. Kayleigh says:

    Supports homophobe comedian then turns out to be a horrible human. Like we need more hypocritical mean people on TV

  11. Noki says:

    I have seen some clips of the show in lockdown,she looks pained to do it and what is up with her creepy producer by the window. It has revealed just how much she relies on gimmicks and audience participation which i guess make sense. The daytime shows with panels have been better to watch because they have that support from each other.

  12. S808 says:

    I don’t think the show is in danger of being canceled but she hasn’t stood out during this time to me. Other hosts seem to be adjusting just fine and even thriving. She isn’t one of them.

  13. Lori says:

    Her at home show is awkward & uncomfortable to watch. The mop with a face, the producer outside guffawing, ellen looking miserable. It is just bad!

    • wheneight says:

      Yeah what is up with the producer standing outside the window? It’s not cute, it just reminds me of all the “Ellen is mean to her staff” stories.

  14. Valiantly Varnished says:

    One can only hope…

  15. Linda says:

    Getting cosy with George Bush wouldn’t have helped.

  16. mara says:

    Ellen’s true colors have become apparent. Refusing to pay or even communicate with her staff is inexcusable. She needs to go sway and take her phony ‘be kind’ mantra with her.

  17. AppleTartin says:

    More Hamilton Less Ellen

  18. Linda says:

    I have never liked her. Always thought she was a phony and am really glad the truth about her is finally coming out. She has never deserved the adulation she gets.

  19. Ann says:

    Anybody know if Jimmy Kimmel show will ever be back. I heard he may be cancelled due to a blackface incident?

    • Dutch says:

      It is starting guests hosts this week. Kimmel has said his personal hiatus was planned and he said he’s going to do the same thing each of the next two summers.

  20. lucy2 says:

    I doubt it’ll be canceled, it’s always been a cash cow,, and I would think all daytime tv is struggling right now. Also, a lot of her fan base doesn’t believe the “mean” accusations, even though it’s pretty obvious.

    A lot of the other talk shows really made the best of this situation and are doing well. And I wanted to point out that Conan is moving his show from home to the Largo theater in LA, with a very minimal crew, to not only keep his show going but to help out that performance space. I hope some other shows or performers are able to do the same, these theater venues aren’t going to be able to reopen anytime soon.

  21. Charfromdarock says:

    I used to watch Ellen but stopped about 5 years ago. Her “games” were increasingly mean and became the focus of the show.

  22. Seraphina says:

    Maybe it is because of everyone bringing to light how mean and terrible she really is, maybe that is why her ratings are low.

  23. Sorella says:

    I used to like her but stopped watching her 3 years ago and now working from home, even witht the TV in the background, when her show comes on, my husband and I BOTH RACE to change the channel LOL. She has not fared well from home. It shows how she needs the “props” of the DJ, dancing audience etc. to thrive. And her humor is MEAN but she gets away with it by throwing money to families (not her money I doubt but the show’s) so that she LOOKS good, but in reality, she is out of touch now and got mean over the years.

  24. PineNut says:

    As I recall the reason she came out was to save her series, which was doing poorly in the ratings.

    • SomeChick says:

      To be fair, part of the reason was that it was super obvi that she was a lesbian but they were tap dancing around it. It did resuscitate the show, for sure. It was also a cultural acceptance milestone, like the Huxtables being presented as a nice normal family not living in the PJs. Cosby is beyond awful – and I hope he never ever gets to walk out of that prison – but the show itself did make a difference at the time. Before that, we had Sanford & Son, the Jeffersons, and Facts of Life – where the one black girl was nicknamed “Tootie.” Which was slang for prostitute. Really funny there, writers and producers.

  25. Valerie says:

    Proof that her production team kept her afloat. Without all the frills, she loses her appeal.

  26. Jaded says:

    I read an article earlier today that she and Portia are experiencing some cracks in their marriage. I don’t know if it’s just tabloid BS or someone spilled some tea. It wouldn’t surprise me though. She must be a pretty demanding and difficult person to live with. I saw a piece on TV a couple of months back where Portia had ordered a “ready to roast” selection of veggies – beets, parsnips, potatoes, carrots, onions – and all the herbs and spices and instructions came with it. You could tell Portia wasn’t an accomplished cook but willing to try. Ellen filmed it on her camera-phone and was making fun of her the whole time. If I were Portia I would have said “then cook the fucking meal yourself”.

    • Valerie says:

      yeah, obviously we can’t say for sure, but she strikes me as the type to be abusive, but in very subtle, gaslighting ways. Like laughing at her like that and then telling her she was only kidding.

  27. K says:

    I don’t really believe it would get cancelled this soon–I think at some point it will film in studio again (maybe without an audience and maybe with a mostly new staff), but ratings will remain low as she’s really tarnished her reputation and her light as a celebrity has dimmed. She has not shown adaptability or empathy in these hard times, the way many people with FAR less money or power than her have been able to do. I think after another sad season, she would choose to pivot away from TV, maybe just do her real estate/design stuff. And Portia would probably leave her for someone else. Ellen seems like a pretty unhappy person. You can just see it in her eyes.