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Ellen De Generes Looks for Comeback, Vindication in Possible “Final” Special for Netflix After Talk Show Cancellation


Ellen De Generes is going to attempt a comeback. And maybe get some vindication.

Ellen has announced what may be her “final” comedy special for Netflix. It’s an attempt to set the record straight after her talk show was cancelled because of a “toxic” backstage atmosphere.

“Yes this is my last special,” she says, although if it’s a hit, you know there will be more.

The comedian was on top of the world until it came crashing down around her when employees, ex-staff and even guests broke their silence about the show being out of control. In a short time, the show was cancelled and Degeneres was out of TV completely.

The new special is produced by Ben Winston, of James Corden and Grammy fame, and will come out this year after Ellen’s tour ends. The tour begins June 19 in San Diego.

Can De Generes resurrect her career and reputation? She says in a press release “I’m finally going to talk about it.” Will that be funny? Or newsmaking? Or an explanation for how her show wound up being out of control?

To be honest, this all sounds like the plot of “Hacks,” as fictitious comedian Deborah Vance uses her failures to make lemonade out of lemons.

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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