Sunday, April 14, 2024

(Watch) Ellen DeGeneres Delivers Her Mea Culpa on Show’s Return Today: Will Fans Return After Summer of Scandals and Low Ratings?


Ellen DeGeneres starts her new season today looking like she snacked a lot while Rome burned. Ellen delivers a Mea Culpa speech at the top of today’s show promising to start a new chapter after a summer of scandals and low ratings. Can she save her show? She certainly makes a pitch and says she’s sorry if people were hurt by her neglect. I’m not sure if that’s going to work and she doesn’t seem convinced either. It will take a week or more to see if the fans are with her.

The fact that they released this clip this morning says a lot, too. The “Ellen” producers– the ones who survived the summer– want their viewers back.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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