James Corden ‘In-line’ To Replace Ellen DeGeneres?
It seems that “The Late Late Show” host James Corden will be the successor to Ellen DeGeneres, following the “toxic workplace” scandal related to her show.
According to the sources of The Sun, Corden is in line to replace Ellen, who was considered as the “long term successor” even before the scandal.
NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy is said to be a “huge fan of James” and reportedly has him “high on his wanted list for talent and a long term replacement for Ellen. This issue has fast tracked everything and made everyone look at the future today,” the insider said. “James Corden was being eyed for Ellen’s job in the long term before any of this came to light. Now this shocking new development places a spotlight on the next step.”
Earlier this week, former staffs of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” alleged that senior executives groped and kissed employees for years, to which the $50 million-a-year presenter reportedly turned a blind eye. There were also some issues reported on racism. An internal investigation has been launched by the show’s parent company WarnerMedia.
Over a dozen staff members were investigated by Buzzfeed News, in which one employee, explicitly pointed out the show’s head writer and executive producer Kevin Leman, solicited the staff for oral sex at a company part in the year 2013. Leman was also accused of groping and kissing employees, making sexually explicit comments and racist comments and actions.
One ex-employee was quoted as “He’d probably do it in front of 10 people and they’d laugh because ‘It’s just Kevin being Kevin,’ but if you’re in a position of power at a company, you don’t just get to touch me like that.”
Following the scandal, there have been several reports and rumors about the cancellation of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” as well as Ellen quitting the series. It has also been reported that several staff at NBC claim that Ellen may not have renewed the show beyond that finish, which led to rumors that she will quit the series.