Yesterday, Ellen DeGeneres returned for the 18th season of her daytime talk show, and turned her classic opening monologue into a lengthy apology that sought to address the various reports and allegations which described her as a boss who led a toxic workplace.
Despite this, the seasoned comedienne didn’t fail to turn her opening monologue into a comic one, albeit it was on a very serious note. “If you’re watching because you love me, thank you – and if you’re watching because you don’t love me, Welcome!”
Wearing jeans, a white blazer, and her signature white sneakers, the host addressed her audience at home, and her audience at home – since the studio audience was replaced by screens that featured virtual audience members.
“As you may have heard this summer, there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show,” Ellen said. “And then there was an investigation. I learned that things happen here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously. And I want to say, I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power. And I realized that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”
Ellen also referred to “articles in the press and on social media that said that I am not who I appear to be on TV. The truth is, I am that person that you see on TV,” she continued. “I am also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad, I get mad, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient. And I am working on all of that. I am a work in progress.”
In her monologue, the actress-turned-talkshow host also referred to her acting days when she had spent years “often playing straight women.”
“So, I’m a pretty good actress, but I don’t think that I’m that good that I could come out here every day for 17 years and fool you,” she said. “This is me. And my intention is to always be the best person I can be. And if I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I am so sorry for that.”