On Monday (September 21), Ellen DeGeneres returned to the set of her long-running talk show after a months-long COVID-19 hiatus. While the show was on break, multiple reports of widespread toxicity and harassment on set were reported. During her opening monologue, DeGeneres addressed the allegations and vowed to do better going forward.
“If you’re watching, because you love me, thank you,” DeGeneres began. “If you’re watching it because you don’t love me, welcome. How was everybody’s summer? Good. Yeah, mine wasgreat. Terrific. I’m so happy to be back in the studio. There are a lot of things I want to talk about. I’ve been looking forward to addressing it all directly and unfortunately talking directly to people has been illegal for six months.”