The Star that lost her luster

Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show has dropped dramatically in viewership following the star’s toxic workplace scandal that dominated headlines last year.

Citing Nielsen ratings, the New York Times reports that “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has lost over 1 million viewers over the course of the show’s 18th season.

The program’s latest season kicked off in September 2020 with an apology from the comedian about claims of a toxic workplace that marred the show over the summer.

“I learned that things happen here that never should have happened,” DeGeneres said on the show at the time. “I take that very seriously. And I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected.”

According to the Times, the season 18 premiere had the highest ratings of any season opener in the last four years for “Ellen.” However, over the last six months, the show has averaged 1.5 million viewers.

In contrast, during the same period in the previous season, she averaged about 2.6 million viewers.

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