James Corden Might Replace a Fed-Up Ellen on Her Show; Lea Thompson Agrees "Ellen" Environment Was "Mean"

August 3, 2020

Ellen DeGeneres is telling execs at Warner Bros. and Telepictures that she wants to leave her talk show, according to The Daily Mail. "She feels she can't go on and the only way to recover her personal brand from this is to shut down the show," says a source. WarnerMedia has launched an internal investigation into the show's workplace environment, and while she is not mentioned personally in the allegations of misbehavior, one insider has said, "the fish rots from the head, and Ellen is the head." Meanwhile, Back to the Future star Lea Thompson is the latest celeb to confirm that things were bad behind the scenes at Ellen. After Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett tweeted last week that bad behavior behind the scenes was “common knowledge," Thompson responded, “True story. It is.” Page Six reports that talk show host James Corden might replace DeGeneres; insiders say that even before the scandal, he was being eyed as her successor. However, an internal email from executive producers implies DeGeneres is going back to work this month.