The most popular American chat show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which saw Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone and other celebrities, is now premiering its 18th season. The grand premiere of the season featured the comedian, Ellen, calling out reports of sexual and racial misconduct and mistreatment. However, the rest of the first week’s premiere saw a drop in numbers. In the week following 21st September, the show had seen a drop of 29% in comparison to the premiere in the previous season.
During the opening of the grand premiere, Ellen apologized and claimed of not knowing about happenings at her show for misconduct. “As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected. I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show,” Ellen said.
Most talk shows saw similar declines, though the decline Ellen had was definitely steeper than most. “Live With Kelly and Ryan” and “Tamron Hall” were the only talk shows with a higher number of views. Most talk shows are down by 19%. “Wendy Williams” saw a decline of 24%. “The Kelly Clarkson Show” saw a decline of 19%. “Dr. Phil” saw a decline at 18%. “Dr. Oz” saw a decline of 17%.