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Nicky Whelan sparks romance with actor Frank Grillo

Actress Nicky Whelan appears to be in a relationship with actor Frank Grillo after the pair were spotted kissing in Los Angeles.

Whelan, 39, and Grillo, 55, were seen leaving a restaurant in West Hollywood and kissing in some exclusive photos obtained by The Daily Mail.

In the snaps, the Australian star was wearing a white t-shirt with some statement brown cowboy boots. While, Grillo wore ripped jeans, paired with a blue blazer and black glasses for their outing.

The snaps come after Whelan’s recent split from Kyle Schmid earlier this year. The pair debuted their relationship in October 2019, but called it quits months later.

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Previous to her relationship with Schmid, she was married to NFL player Kerry Rhodes, who she begun dating in Los Angeles in 2015.

Meanwhile, Grillo’s most recent relationship was with Wendy Moniz, who he married in 2000. The former couple announced they were separating in February, 2020. He shares two sons with Moniz: 16-year-old Liam Grillo, 12-year-old Rio Joseph Grillo. He shares 23-year-old Remy Grillo with ex Kathy Grillo.

Whelan rose to fame as Peggy Steiger on Neighbours from 2006 to 2007. She went on to have a recurring role on Scrubs and House of Lies. She’s also appeared in Hall Pass, The Wedding Ringer, and Left Behind.

Grillo is known for his roles in Warrior, The Grey, and Zero Dark Thirty.

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively ‘deeply’ sorry for plantation wedding: ‘Impossible to reconcile’

Ryan Reynolds says he and his wife, Blake Lively, still feel sorry about holding their 2012 wedding on a former plantation in South Carolina.

The topic came up during the Deadpool star’s recent interview with business magazine Fast Company.

The publication noted that Reynolds was criticised as hypocritical in 2018 after he tweeted his support of the blockbuster film Black Panther, which has been hailed for its Black cast and representation in the superhero movie genre.

Reynolds told Fast Company that having their wedding at Boone Hall, a former plantation in South Carolina, is “something we’ll always be deeply and unreservedly sorry for”.

“It’s impossible to reconcile,” he said. “What we saw at the time was a wedding venue on Pinterest. What we saw after was a place built upon devastating tragedy.”

Making such a mistake, he said, can “cause you to shut down or it can re-frame things and move you into action.”

Taking action is exactly what the couple has done.

In June they donated $200,000 (approx. $279,000) to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) following a reported pair of $1 million (approx. $1.4 million) donations he and Lively made last year to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.

According to Fast Company, Reynolds is reluctant to talk about their social justice support “in part because he worries that white celebrities too often drown out non-white voices, even if that’s not their intention.”

But he is more willing to discuss how his production company and marketing agency, Maximum Effort, is doing its part through diversity hiring and providing employees with equity in the company.

“Representation and diversity need to be completely immersive,” Reynolds said. “Like, it needs to be embedded at the root of storytelling, and that’s in both marketing and Hollywood. When you add perspective and insight that isn’t your own, you grow. And you grow your company, too.”

By Lisa Respers France, CNN

Katy Perry and more stars offer support to Ellen DeGeneres amid show scandal

Katy Perry is publicly expressing her support for Ellen DeGeneres.

The singer took to social media on Tuesday in the wake of reports of a toxic work environment on DeGeneres’ longtime talk show to say that she’s only ever had “positive takeaways” with the television host.

“I know I can’t speak for anyone else’s experience besides my own but I want to acknowledge that I have only ever had positive takeaways from my time with Ellen & on the @theellenshow,” Perry tweeted. “I think we all have witnessed the light & continual fight for equality that she has brought to the world through her platform for decades. Sending you love & a hug, friend @TheEllenShow.”

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Actress Diane Keaton also expressed support for DeGeneres on social media.

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Their comments come after DeGeneres apologised to her staff in a memo obtained by CNN last week. In the email to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show staffers, she wrote she was “disappointed” after reports by BuzzFeed in which current and former staff members alleged they faced intimidation and racism.

“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,” she wrote. “Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show.”

DeGeneres went on to confirm that an internal investigation had been launched by the show’s distributor, Warner Bros. Television, which is owned by CNN’s parent company, WarnerMedia.

Joey King in talks to board Brad Pitt’s Bullet Train

The Kissing Booth star Joey King is in negotiations to join the cast of Brad Pitt‘s action-adventure Bullet Train.

The Sony Pictures project, based on Kotaro Isaka’s Japanese novel Maria Beetle, will be directed by David Leitch from a script by Zak Olkewicz.

Leitch and Kelly McCormick will produce Bullet Train through 87North, along with Antoine Fuqua. Kat Samick is executive producing with Ryosuke Saegusa and Yuma Terada of CTB Inc., who represent Isak.

A date hasn’t been set yet for the production. Sony has been keeping plot details and character descriptions under wraps.

King broke out in 2018 in Netflix’s teen romantic comedy franchise The Kissing Booth as Elle Evans, opposite Jacob Elordi and Joel Courtney. The Kissing Booth 2 debuted on July 24 on Netflix and the streaming service recently announced a third movie that will launch in 2021.

The Kissing Booth 3 was secretly shot at the same time as the sequel, so filming is already complete. The entire cast — including King, Courtney, Elordi, Taylor Zakhar Perez and Molly Ringwald — will return for the third instalment.

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King’s feature credits include Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Dark Knight Rises, The Conjuring, White House Down, Independence Day: Resurgence, Wish Upon and Slender Man. She received a Primetime Emmy nomination for her starring role in the true-crime drama series The Act.

King is repped by UTA, Coast to Coast Talent Group and Industry Entertainment. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

Reni Santoni, Seinfeld and Dirty Harry star, dies aged 81

Reni Santoni, who played Poppie on the sitcom Seinfeld, has died at 81, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He passed away Saturday, August 1 while in hospice care in Los Angeles following years of health problems including cancer.

Santoni made his Seinfeld debut as restaurant owner Poppie in the 1994 episode ‘The Pie’. He also gained fame in film, appearing in a number of roles for Dirty Harry, Cobra and Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. His other TV credits include Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting, Miami Vice and Murder, She Wrote.

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Born in New York City on April 21, 1939, Santoni wrote Raisin’ Hell in the Son, a play which premiered in 1962 and appeared on stage in The Mad Show.

In Don Siegel’s 1971 film Dirty Harry, Santoni played detective Chico Gonzalez, a newcomer who gets partnered with Clint Eastwood‘s Harry Callahan after Callahan’s previous partners are killed and injured.

He worked alongside his longtime romantic partner, actress and director Betty Thomas, in Only You (1992), The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), The Late Shift (1996), Howard Stern‘s film Private Parts (1997), Doctor Dolittle (1998) and 28 Days (2000) with Sandra Bullock.

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Prior to his relationship with Thomas, Santoni was married to actress and stage director Lisa James.

After Seinfeld, Santoni made guest appearances on shows like Grey’s Anatomy and CSI. His final TV credit was an episode of Franklin & Bash in 2012.

He is survived by his only son, Nick.

Britney Spears opens up about insecurities while filming her movie Crossroads: ‘I was so nervous to be on camera’

Britney Spears has opened up about the insecurities she faced when filming her movie Crossroads back in 2002.

The 38-year-old singer got candid as she posted a new Instagram photo, where she looked relaxed in her garden while soaking up some rays. Spears credited the sunlight for lifting her spirits, but said growing up she had to avoid it because acne medication prescribed by her dermatologist meant her skin was sensitive to the elements. 

“When I was younger I never really had an acne problem until I did my first movie,” she   revealed, referring to her 2002 film Crossroads. “I was so nervous to be on camera so I went to the dermatologist for stronger skincare products !!! It cleared up quickly after but you have to be careful because prescribed products are very strong !!!! I remember waking up and saying wow it’s gone.”

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That’s why Spears said she now loves to spend most of her free time outdoors, to make up for the periods where she was forced to stay indoors. 

“Now I stay outside a lot and I give the sun credit for lifting my spirits and giving me a natural glow !!!!!” she said. “It was so hot yesterday but look what I found …. my mini rose garden hidden in the back !!!! I put them in my hair and I thought they were exquisite.”

From watching her in Crossroads, you wouldn’t think Spears was insecure about her skin. The singer starred in the coming-of-age film opposite Zoe Saldana and Taryn Manning, playing best friends who embark on a cross-country road trip to find Spears’ long-lost, on-screen mother (played by Kim Cattrall).

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While Spears has not starred in another film since, she has made cameos on TV shows such as How I Met Your Mother, Glee and Jane the Virgin. 

Recently, Spears’ Crossroads co-star Manning made headlines after the actress showed her support for the #FreeBritney movement — a protest by fans who want to see Spears freed of her conservatorship. The singer has been under the watch of her father, Jamie, since 2008, when she suffered a public meltdown. As conservator, Jamie controls all of Spears finances and assets. Like many, Manning said it was time that the star was given back control of her own life.

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“Such a wonderful time with this crew,” Manning reminisced as she posted a throwback photo of them on set. “Britney I know you’re strong af [sic] and have your own brain and thought process. To me you look happy and like you’re having a blast! Keep up the happy posts and your faith in Jesus Christ.

“How about let’s give this wonderful woman the dignity she deserves and earned.”

Former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Peter Thomas thinks he contracted coronavirus after taking a selfie with a fan

Former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Peter Thomas has tested positive to COVID-19.

The bedridden reality star shared his diagnosis on Instagram on August 3, saying that he thinks he contracted the deadly disease after taking a selfie with a fan.

“I’m going to tell you something, wear your mask, wear gloves and practice social distancing,” the 58-year-old said in the video. “People come up to me and ask me to take pictures all the time and they want me to have the mask off and they want to hug on me and they say they like me. I take those pictures, and every time I take those pictures, I’m praying to God that I don’t get this thing, but it caught up to me.”

Thomas was married to 53-year-old RHOA star Cynthia Bailey up until 2017, and often appeared on the popular franchise. The pair went their separate ways after seven years of marriage and Thomas now lives in Miami, where he runs his beachside bar, Bar One. 

“It’s the most excruciating pain I could think of. My stomach [has been] a complete wreck for the last 8 days, pain [and] constant cramping. The pain is crazy. Chills all day and all night,” he said in the clip, adding that he took five COVID-19 tests before getting a positive reading. 

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“I gotta be in bed for another seven days before they come and take the test again. I have to be negative twice before I can even think about outside. I guess I should be celebrating because here in Miami there’s 260 people dying everyday for the last seven days. I am celebrating because I’m still alive,” he said. 

“I want you guys to take this thing extremely serious because it’s no joke. The pain don’t go away. Your body is extremely sensitive, the slightest little thing, it’s constant pain everywhere. I can’t wait for this s–t to be over.”

Coco Austin reunites with her father Steve Austin following his coronavirus battle

Coco Austin has reunited with her father, Steve Austin, following his month-long battle with the coronavirus.

The 41-year-old model revealed on Instagram that Steve, 63, had made it home from hospital in two photos, including one with her four-year-old daughter Chanel.

“My dad made it back home!” she captioned the post on August 3. “He is covid-free but is still dealing with damaged lungs that covid leaves behind… He is bound to an oxygen machine till who knows when but is very lucky.”

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“He said being in the hospital for a month was like jail,” she continued. “No windows No visitors and laying in one spot and not being able to walk around was getting to him.. He also adds you could hear people moan in pain during the night and some people weren’t making it… So sad.”

Coco, who is married to rapper Ice T, also said she was focused on helping her father gain weight after he’d dropped 30 pounds (13kg) during his hospital stay.

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“My job is to plump him back up so he gains his natural muscle back and is back healthy LOL,” she wrote. “It just feels great to see him in good spirits again… this whole thing has been so stressful… This is the first time Chanel has seen him since the whole ordeal she was excited to see him as you can see. Oh and can I say all your prayers came through. #powerofprayer Thank you.”

Coco informed fans of Austin’s COVID-19 diagnosis in July, explaining that he’d been admitted to intensive care.

“My dad, among many others, thought Covid was a conspiracy and he was a non believer and never wore a mask..” she wrote on social media on July 23. “This was all hitting too close to home. when I for one have been obsessed with this whole #coronavirus thing since day one… watching day after day the news and TV programs for 5 months of people dying or becoming sick and not being able recover and personally being so careful with my immediate family like teaching Chanel how to sanitise all day and always wearing a mask in public, even wearing gloves when I go to a grocery store.”

YouTube sensation JoJo Siwa has a new boyfriend: ‘Meet Mark’

JoJo Siwa is a smitten girlfriend.

The American dancer, singer, actress, and YouTube personality introduced the world to her brand new boyfriend, Mark Bontempo, on August 3.

“Meet Mark,” the 17-year-old captioned a TikTok video of her and Mark dancing in each other’s clothing to the song ‘Famous (I’m The One)’ by Mozzy.

In the clip, JoJo wears Mark’s skinny jeans, top, jacket and hat while he is dressed in one of JoJo’s signature bows and her colourful clothing. Mark shared his own video to TikTok confirming that he and JoJo are an item by using the hashtag #NationalGirlfriendDay.

Fans have been speculating about the identity of JoJo’s boyfriend for months, with the star recently shutting down rumours that she has been dating her friend Elliot Brown, whom she was photographed with this year.

“It’s not him,” Siwa told Entertainment Tonight a few months ago. “I can say that with a dead straight face. It’s not Elliot. Keep doing your research. It makes me giggle talking about it. Even Elliot texted me and was like, ‘Who [is it]? And I was like, ‘Sorry, we’re not saying.'”

In an interview with Seventeen, Jojo said she started dating Mark back in May.

“Honestly he’s a dream,” she said. “Really, truly unreal and I’m so happy.”

Mark, an aspiring musician, is the younger brother of social media star Madison Bontempo.

Brian Austin Green reveals he found out about estranged wife Megan Fox’s relationship with Machine Gun Kelly his ‘own way’

Brian Austin Green says he found out about his estranged wife’s new relationship on his own.

Appearing on the Hollywood Raw podcast with Dax Holt and Adam Glyn, the actor, 47, got candid about his life after splitting from Megan Fox, 34 — who is now dating rapper Machine Gun Kelly, 30. Green admitted on the podcast that he found out about their relationship by himself.

“I found out in my own way. And that’s as much detail as I’ll give you on that one. I didn’t read about it or anything like that,” he said.

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Green also revealed how he’s handling Fox’s new relationship and the reports of the couple’s romance: “You can if you ignore it and avoid it which is what I try and do. I try to no read anything or look at anything and not involve myself in it. Just keep my head down and do what I do and focus on the kids. I know she’s going to do the same thing.”

“Everybody is judgemental right now that she’s out of the country working and she’s not around,” he said of Fox, who’s finishing up filming her movie with the rapper. “We travel and we work. It’s no different than before, we’re just no longer together. This is what we’ve been doing for 15 years. When one person is travelling and working the other person will step in and take care of things at home and the kids and this situation is no different. It’s not for lack of caring. Megan loves her kids, would do anything for them, and has and will continue to.”

The Beverly Hills, 90210 star went on to add that their co-parenting is going “as well as it can.”

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“There’s no rule book to it,” he explained. “There’s no way of doing it right or doing it wrong. We’re learning as we go. The important thing for us is just communicating as much as we can.

“I think the rule most people follow is you don’t want to introduce someone to your kids as somebody you’re interested in or that you have a relationship with until it’s a very established relationship and something that you’re taking very seriously, because you don’t want people coming in and out of kid’s lives. It has to be done in a responsible way. We’ve talked about being as responsible as we can with the kids. We want to make this a positive experience as possible.”

Singer Will Young’s twin brother, Rupert, dies aged 41 following mental health battle

Will Young’s twin brother, Rupert Young, has died following a battle with mental health.

The singer’s rep confirmed that Rupert had died but did not disclose the cause of death.

“I can confirm that Will’s brother has very sadly passed away. We would like to request privacy for Will and his family during this very difficult and sad time,” a spokesperson told The Sun.

A source added the family had been left heartbroken by the tragic loss: “Will’s relationship with Rupert had been tough over the years at times, and they had both spoken about the mental health problems which had made it challenging.

“But there were hopes he had turned a corner and they are a very loving family — and utterly devastated by his passing.”

Will has previously opened up about Rupert’s battle with depression and alcoholism in an interview with Daily Record in 2008.

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“There was a moment I remember, when I had to go to some awards thing. I had an album out, I was in a film and I was having a great time professionally.

“I had to drive past the train station, and I knew that he’d been there for a day, just drinking. But I knew I had to leave him alone. That was tough, of course it was, but you have to get on. And in that respect being so involved in work was a great thing.”

Rupert, 41, had spoken about his struggles with mental health in the past, admitting that his sibling’s 2002 Pop Idol win had impacted their relationship.

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“I woke up one morning and turned on the TV. There was William on Richard & Judy, giving the most amazing performance of one of his songs,” Rupert told The Telegraph in 2008, adding that he had instead spent the previous night “drinking with tramps.”

“It seemed bizarre to me that two people who are genetically the same could behave in such different ways. I realised that something had gone very wrong. But I didn’t know what, or why, and nor did anyone else.”

Rupert was diagnosed with dysthymia, a depressive mood disorder, in 2005.

If you or anyone you know needs immediate support, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or via lifeline.org.au. In an emergency, call 000.

Jackie ‘O’ Henderson responds to backlash after forgetting to wear mask in Melbourne

Jackie ‘O’ Henderson has responded to backlash after she was photographed in Melbourne without a mask.

Henderson, 45, who was pictured arriving on the set of The Masked Singer Australia without a face covering, apologised for her lapse in judgement in response to the photos that appeared on a Sydney tabloid this morning.

“It’s my fault,” she said on The Kyle & Jackie ‘O’ Show.

The radio host described how she was making her way from her hotel to the set, and it dawned on her during the drive over that she’d left her mask behind.

“I feel really stupid because I was coming from my hotel room,” she explained to her co-host Kyle Sandilands and their listeners. “After this show we get hair and makeup done in this room, and we’re always running late, always.

“It’s only a two-minute drive, and on my way I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ve forgotten my mask.’ No excuse [but] I got out of my car and they gave me a mask.”

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Henderson explained how the photographs were taken in the small window of time when she was racing from her car to the set.

“It’s stupid,” she said. “I was in a rush. I forgot it, and I’m sorry.”

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On July 22, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews made face masks compulsory in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire. Individuals who are caught not wearing a mask face fines of $200.

Kim Kardashian’s best friend Jonathan Cheban robbed at gunpoint in New Jersey

Kim Kardashian‘s best friend was left shaken after being robbed at gunpoint in New Jersey on the weekend.

According to TMZ, Jonathan Cheban — who goes by the name Foodgod and often appears on Keeping Up With the Kardashians — and his mother were visiting a friend in Englewood Cliffs on August 2 (US time) when a man approached them in the driveway, asking for the time.

Cheban, 46, instantly knew something was awry and instructed his mother and friend to go inside, but the alleged robber pulled out his gun and directed it at the trio. The man proceeded to point the gun at Cheban’s mother, with the reality star then pleading for him to take anything he wanted.

It was then the gunman allegedly removed Cheban’s US$250,000 (approx. $352,000) Richard Mille watch with force. TMZ reports there was another gunman at the scene, who was apparently on the lookout for police. 

It wasn’t until neighbours heard the commotion on the street that the two men took off by foot. Police arrived within one minute of the 911 call, and Cheban and the other witnesses were able to help them complete a composite sketch of one suspect.

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Unfortunately, this is the second time Cheban was robbed of his expensive timepiece.

Back in 2013, the star’s diamond-encrusted Jacob & Co. watch was ripped from his wrist while he ate lunch in Southampton, New York. A security guard immediately jumped on the thief, who let go of the US$500,000 (approx. $702,000) before fleeing the scene.

It’s believed the would-be thief knew of Cheban’s location after the star posted about it on Instagram.

“I think I overdressed my wrist today… 22 karats is a bit much for daytime LOL,” he Instagrammed from the restaurant at the time. 

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Kardashian, Cheban’s best friend of more than 10 years, was also the victim of a robbery in 2016. The 39-year-old reality star was in Paris at the time when masked men stormed her apartment, tied her up and escaped with US$14 million worth of jewellery (approx. $20 million).

Among their loot was the engagement ring husband Kanye West had given Kardashian, which was a 20-carat, emerald-cut sparkler valued at US$4 million ($5.6 million).  

Orlando Bloom says heartbreak over death of dog Mighty proved his love to Katy Perry and ‘made way’ for their baby daughter

Orlando Bloom is thinking about the joys of becoming a second-time father after weeks of grief and heartache.

The actor, 43, believes his dog died to “make way” for his and Katy Perry‘s baby, while also showing his wife just how much love he has.

“It was probably good for Katy to see me go to the lengths that I went to, to try and find him,” he told The Mirror. “Mighty was the physical, outward representation of my heart. He was a gift to me from Katy and he travelled everywhere with me and it’s going to make me cry, so I don’t want to talk about it too much because I miss him very, very much.

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“I spent seven days looking and searching because I couldn’t believe it until we found his collar. It was very painful, but he will always be with me. And funnily enough, he’s probably made way for this little girl who is coming into my life soon.”

Bloom announced his beloved dog, Mighty, went missing in an Instagram post July 15. After days of searching along with emotional social media posts, the star confirmed that Mighty had died.

“Mighty’s on the other side now,” he wrote, alongside a series of videos and photos of him getting a tattoo of his pup’s name on his chest. “After 7 days of searching from sunrise to sunset and into the wee hours, today, the 7th day ~the number of completion~ we found his collar.”

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Bloom’s fiancée Perry, 35, is currently pregnant with her first child and very close to their due date. He is also the father to Flynn, nine, with supermodel ex-wife Miranda Kerr.

“It’s going to be new in so many ways, but I think there’s an instinctive aspect to being a father that I felt very aligned with the first time around so I’m actually very excited about this next chapter, as is Katy,” he told The Mirror. “And Flynn couldn’t be more excited to be getting a little sister.”

Ellen DeGeneres Show producers address staff as misconduct investigation continues

As The Ellen DeGeneres Show winds down its summer hiatus, Variety has learned that producers on Monday are addressing with staff accounts of workplace misconduct on the popular daytime talk series, which are currently being investigated by WarnerMedia.

As an increasing number of allegations come to light, questions are mounting as to how DeGeneres’ lucrative talker and carefully crafted public persona will be affected.

Senior creatives and producers are back at work this week, with the 140 or so personnel at Ellen gradually returning in stages following the break. The investigation is still ongoing.

As Variety reported exclusively last week, series producer Telepictures and distributor Warner Bros. Television informed staff that WarnerMedia’s employee relations group and a third-party firm would interview current and former staffers about their on-set experiences.

The probe comes in the wake of several reports of mistreatment and misconduct, including a mid-July BuzzFeed News investigation that surfaced allegations of racist behaviour and intimidation on the show.

In April, Variety reported on the outrage among the show’s crew members over pay reduction, a lack of communication and poor treatment by producers after the pandemic shut down production; a non-union tech company was hired to tape the show remotely from DeGeneres’ California home. Last week, a separate BuzzFeed News report emerged that included dozens of former employees alleging sexual misconduct and harassment by top executives on the show.

The new season of Ellen is scheduled to premiere on September 9. Another show that DeGeneres hosts, Game of Games on NBC, is headed back into production the week of August 24, although according to those familiar with the situation, it is still undetermined as to whether there will be a studio audience during taping.

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How the recent reports will impact the Ellen viewership in the fall remains to be seen.

“What makes it difficult, with the kind of crisis this is, is it’s not an acute problem” such as harassment by DeGeneres herself or embezzlement, said Ketchum senior VP of issues and crisis management Andrew Moesel. “It’s more a challenge to her entire brand ethos, which is as a friendly, relatable person next door, which is really the way that viewers perceive her and her value as an entertainer.”

The allegations “create a sizeable crack in the impression of her as a friendly, next-door neighbour that you’re spending your afternoon with,” he said.

Given the popularity of the long-running show, some publicists say DeGeneres’ core fan base is unlikely to stop tuning in because of recent reports, though only time will tell whether the negative publicity will sour more casual viewers.

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DeGeneres’ public persona as a talk-show host has been built on the premise, “Be kind to one another.” When Ellen won a Daytime Emmy in June for best entertainment talk show, DeGeneres said in her acceptance speech that she would more actively use her show as a way to create change and amplify the voices of Black people and people of colour.

Following the recent spate of headlines, DeGeneres issued an emotional apology letter to staff last week that the show was not the “place of happiness” that she promised it would be, and said that she was “disappointed to learn that this has not been the case.” Executive producer Ed Glavin is expected to exit his role.

Entertainment publicist Danny Deraney said that he has been hearing stories of DeGeneres’ alleged behaviour “for years,” including from those who have worked on her show.

“I think Ellen has had a problem with reading the room lately,” he said, in reference to DeGeneres broadcasting from her sizeable home amid the pandemic and calling self-quarantine a “prison,” and the criticism she received after photos surfaced of her attending an NFL game with former President George W. Bush a year ago.

“She has an image problem that clearly is going to need some work to salvage any kind of momentum that she has earned over over this time or any kind of positive reputation that she has,” said Deraney. “There’s a lot of negativity surrounding her and her show, and it starts by offering a better apology and taking ownership of what she’s done, and really being better.”