DeGeneres’ diagnosis comes shortly after the emergence of explosive new claims from insiders, revealing her show’s producers were struggling to attract celebrity guests and advertisers after a year of negative headlines.
“I wouldn’t set up anyone on her show right now to do anything that could possibly cause them more negative headlines,” a publicist for the program told Buzzfeed.
“You have to tread so carefully with your clients and your clients’ reputations, so you don’t want to put your client in any line of fire sympathising with someone that any community or anyone would feel bad about.
“We’re not going to align anyone with Ellen,” the publicist said.
Another publicist added, “The feedback we’ve been getting is that Ellen is no longer a first choice for talent,” with celebrities instead preferring to appear on other talk shows including The Kelly Clarkson Show and The Drew Barrymore Show.