With Conan O’Brien leaving his late-night show on TBS many people are remembering that a current host of daytime TV is also going to be calling it quits after a long time. In the case of Conan saying goodbye to a workplace where you’ve been for many years can be hard. He’s taking his talents to HBO Max though. Ellen DeGeneres on the other hand is going to be on the outside looking in! Rosie O’Donnell who went through a similar situation in the early 2000s weighed in on the Ellen debacle on the “Jess Cagle Show”
Rosie’s Own Day Time Debacle
The reasons why Ellen is ending her show are quite similar to what happened to Rosie in the early 2000s. The Rosie O’Donnell Show was a staple of daytime TV in the mid to late ’90s, but by the early 2000s, the show had run its course. The ratings were not as high and Rosie’s contract with the network was coming to an end.
This is very similar to the situation that Ellen finds herself in. In a recent interview though Rosie alluded to the fact that in her case people essentially didn’t buy her image.
Being Dubbed “The Queen of Nice”
O’Donnell claims that she was never on board with being dubbed the queen of nice. She mentions that ultimately her own moniker came to “bite her in the ass”. On that experience she recalls,
“I said the day it came out, ‘look at this, the queen of nice. In a couple years it’s going to be the queen of lice, the queen of fried rice, you know, the queen of we don’t like her anymore,”
In Ellen’s case, she ended her show with the phrase “Be kind to everyone”. Although O’Donnell thinks that’s not the only thing that led to her downfall it was certainly a part of it.
Ellen Comes Across As Fake Now
In a previous interview, O’Donnell had mentioned that you “can’t fake your essence” if you have your own daily show. It seems to fit perfectly with what has happened to Ellen over the last few years. After it came out that the show was a toxic workplace. Many people who have worked on the show, as well as former guests, have since opened up about their negative experiences with Ellen.
O’Donnell did say at the time that she had compassion for Ellen amidst all the criticism that she was getting. It seems as she mentioned about herself Ellen’s own rhetoric has come back to “bite her in the ass”.
Will There Be Smooth Transition To Kelly Clarkson?
Rosie also hinted that Ellen’s exit is going to be “complicated”. She then stopped herself from saying too much. Which, leaves us with the doubt of what exactly she was referring to. Is the fight with network executives just begging for Ellen? Maybe, she still had one more year on her contract after the show ends. So she could fight that. Will this cause a difficult transition for Kelly Clarkson?
That could be the case if there’s a high-profile legal battle that gets a lot of coverage. Kelly’s show though has proven to give off its own vibe. It just remains to be seen if she can capture audiences in that time slot!