Scooter Braun may be the only celebrity in her corner right now, but embattled talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is not going down without a fight. She’s also going back to work this month, according to an internal email from the show’s executive producers obtained by the Post.
Reports of her career death — stemming from recent scathing stories about the “toxic,” “sexist” and “racist” workplace culture at the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” — have been greatly exaggerated, sources close to the 62-year-old star told the Post Saturday.
Despite her career collapsing around her, DeGeneres has no intention of walking away from her signature talk show or game show. She plans to report to work Aug. 24 for “Ellen’s Game of Games” and to the set of the “Ellen Show” when it premieres Sept. 9, according to the internal email.
“We know that these last few days have been a lot to take in and process for everyone,” read part of the email which was signed, “Love, the EPs.”
An insider at the show said, “She’s fighting to protect the show and what she stands for. She is very upset about what happened and determined to fix the problems. She takes full responsibility. But no way is she quitting the show. That’s total BS.”
But DeGeneres is “devastated” over how Hollywood has turned on her so fast. Celebrities including Brad Garrett and Lea Thompson have called out Ellen for her mean behavior. Some in her circle wonder if it all started with her being seen with former President George W. Bush at a Dallas Cowboys game last October.
Elton John defended her at the time and Ellen herself spoke about the incident on her show, saying her infamous slogan “be kind” means showing compassion to everyone.
But the silence this time from DeGeneres’ vast network of celebrity besties — everyone from Jennifer Aniston to the Kardashians — has been deafening since a string of negative stories about her began earlier this year.
Is there a reason for that?
“Everyone’s scared of the liberal mob,” the source said. “They found something with Ellen they could latch onto and that drove even more of a pile-on. No one wants to be next.”