Rumours are swirling James Corden could be a replacement host for Ellen DeGeneres, but they contradict other reports which claim DeGeneres has no intent of walking away from her talk show.
DeGeneres has come under fire for recent scathing stories about the “toxic,” “sexist” and “racist” workplace culture at the The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which prompted an investigation by WarnerMedia. Celebrities including Brad Garrett and Lea Thompson have also levelled criticism.
But she still 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 an internal email from the show’s executive producers.
“Nobody is going off the air,” EP Andy Lassner also insisted on social media last week.
UK tabloid The Sun claims James Corden is “in line” to replace her, but without any named sources.
Corden “could be the shock winner after dozens of employees accused the $50 million-a-year presenter of turning a blind eye to racism, bullying and sexual harassment on her hit daytime show,” the paper said.
Corden is reportedly contracted to CBS for The Late Late Show for two more years, with his producer, Ben Winston, and his Fulwell 73 Production company. Corden is also tied to the Tony Awards through CBS.