Longtime talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres has announced she will be ending her daytime show after Season 19. Though fans are upset by the news, some are not surprised after the "Be Kind" advocate made headlines in 2020 for supporting a toxic workplace culture and rumors of "bullying" surfaced.
Following the reports, there were also rumors that the show was going to be canceled.
Ellen announced she's ending her hosting duties because it no longer feels like "a challenge" to her anymore. So, who is going to replace her? Though the internet is abuzz with possible suggestions, fellow comedian Tiffany Haddish is rumored to be in the running to replace Ellen.
In March, Distractify spoke exclusively with the Girls Trip star about guest-hosting Ellen. Find out what she had to say about the writers and more.
Is Tiffany Haddish replacing Ellen DeGeneres? She hasn't been asked about the job.
After the news broke that Ellen would be leaving her show after 19 seasons, it was reported that Tiffany was in the running to take over. "Tiffany is a favorite, she has humor and empathy in spades," a senior NBCUniversal source told Page Six. "She’s top of the list to get a daytime show — she’s a fresh voice."
But it turns out that Tiffany hasn't even been asked about the job. In an interview with The Breakfast Club, she said she's heard the rumors but hasn't responded for a reason. "I haven't commented on it because ain't nobody that gives those jobs talked to me about it," she said. "The reason I've even been popping up guest-hosting Ellen is because she wanted some days off."
Tiffany continued, "You know, she's been doing it a long time. She wants to enjoy her money. She's like, 'Tiff, you want to try it?' I'm like, 'You know what? Yeah, sure. Y'all gonna pay me a little something, something?' I'll learn a new skill, I'm here for it."
She did say that she will be guest hosting a few more episodes of the show, but if fans are lucky, that just means that's her way of getting ready to take over.
Tiffany has said she loves working with the 'Ellen' writers.
Tiffany has said she loves working with the current team of writers who help to craft Ellen's jokes and bits for the show. She exclusively told Distractify in March that "Ellen has some of the best writers over there." "We work together as a team," she added.
Tiffany explained that it was a collaborative process when she worked as a guest host on Ellen, telling us, "Beforehand, I tell them things I'm interested in, they bring back some hot things for me. I say, 'Oh yeah, I like that. OK, I could do something with this,' and then we go for it."
Continuing to praise the "great writers" at Ellen, she continued, "Nothing is done alone. You have to have a team."
We're sure Tiffany would be a great daytime talk show host. Plus, she has mentioned several times that Oprah is her idol.
Aside from Tiffany reportedly being a frontrunner to replace Ellen, Page Six also mentioned that Kelly Clarkson could move into Ellen's time slot. The American Idol alum has her own talk show, currently in its second season, which airs after Ellen.