Ellen DeGeneres is gearing up for her return to Ellen Show next month.
According to reports, the rehearsals for her Game of Games segment already commenced last week. Ellen DeGeneres will continue to host the segment, as well as the daytime program.
However, three Ellen Show producers will no longer return to the TV show amid claims of a toxic work environment on set.
Ellen DeGeneres shares her plans
Last weekend, DeGeneres stepped out in public with a female friend. And she was asked what she plans to do next.
“I will be talking to my fans,” she said (via Daily Mail).
DeGeneres donned a white long-sleeved polo shirt, green cargo pants, and a pair of white Nike shoes for the outing. She also wore her white mask on her way to and from a restaurant in Southern California.
The comedian’s outing is the second time that she was seen in public since the mean girl and other criticisms directed at her and Ellen Show came to light.
Ellen DeGeneres hangs out with Kevin Hart
Days earlier, DeGeneres hung out with her friend, Kevin Hart at a restaurant in Malibu. Hart is also one of the few celebrities that defended DeGeneres from her critics.
Shortly after the outing, Hart explained why he chose to defend his pal.
“I know how lonely it gets because I know that these are times when people just turn their back on you. So, for the ones that you love, that are close to your heart, you just want them to have some support when it seems that there is none out there, and that’s just who I am as a person,” he told Deadline.
Other celebrities who have supported Ellen DeGeneres include Katy Perry, Ashton Kutcher, Jay Leno, and Diane Keaton.
Comedian talks to ‘Ellen Show’ staff
Following the criticisms, DeGeneres attended a conference call with the staff of Ellen Show. According to reports, the comedian became a tad bit emotional while apologizing to the employees.
DeGeneres also, reportedly, responded to the no-eye-contact rule that the producers imposed on the set of the program.
“I don’t know where it started. Please talk to me. Look me in the eye… It’s crazy, just not true, I don’t know how it started. [It’s] not who I am,” she said.
Weeks ago, former Today show producer Neil Breen claimed that the producers urged him not to make eye contact with Ellen DeGeneres. However, the comedian said that this isn’t true.