Ellen Degeneres' show must go on — even without its writers

On Thursday, Ellen will air its first episode made without the help of its writers. ”I address [the strike], and I have a little fun with trying to fill time with no content,” the daytime talk-show host explained Wednesday during a telephone press conference about her upcoming variety show on TBS. “We tried to figure out how many pints were in a cup, we guessed the inches of the length of the coffee table… today, honestly, I don’t know what I’m gonna do yet. We shoot in five hours. I have to figure out how I’m gonna walk out there and make people happy.” Because her talk-show is syndicated, it can’t simply shut down due to the strike.

For now, Degeneres and her producers are winging it. “We’re all kind of juggling 15 different jobs since we’re minus some people,” she explains. “We sort of have an outline.” And her writers? “I miss ‘em, and I love ‘em,” she says. “It’s a very strange situation here, and sad. Usually we’re just here laughing all day long. I hope it ends. I hope people can compromise and figure it out. You know, I’m really in a bad place. I’m really stuck in the middle…. It’s just the hardest thing in the world to drive on[to] this lot.”

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  • Jonathan F.

    Are you telling me someone else writes her opening monologue? It’s probably like that for all talk shows isn’t it. What a dissapointment.

  • mscisluv

    I’m surprised (and disappointed) that Ellen is really that lost without her writers…

  • Steve

    I can’t believe Ellen is working since she works under an AFTRA contract and that contract states that all AFTRA shows must stop working if there is a strike. Shame on you Ellen!!!

  • peach

    Ellen is wearing me out lately! This endless tearful drama about the dog. The break-up rumors. And now poor Ellen is lost without her writers. Did she decide to take over the title of “Daytime’s Most Melodramatic Lesbian” now that Rosie’s gone? I used to enjoy her but I think I need a Degeneres detox!

  • Krista

    Shame on Ellen! Support the WGA! She’s really revealing her true character these days, isn’t she?

  • MO

    um, Steve, It says on the article that “Because her talk-show is syndicated, it can’t simply shut down due to the strike.” And how do you know that she is a AFTRA member?

  • RJ

    I just watched Ellen’s first show without her writers. Guess what – the show is still the funniest, breeziest and most enjoyable on daytime TV without the writing staff. Thanks to Ellen.

  • RJ

    I just watched Ellen’s first show without her writers. Guess what – the show is still the funniest, breeziest and most enjoyable on daytime TV without the writing staff. Thanks to Ellen.

  • gloria

    it takes months to get a ticket to the show; people plan vacations to go. thanks Ellen for puting the fans first.

  • Chloe

    Steve and Krista…Ellen has a talk show, just like Oprah, Rachel Ray, Dr. Phil, Martha, Tyra, Regis and Kelly, Maury, etc… It’s not the same as a Late Night show, I don’t get why everyone is picking on her about it.

  • denicer1

    ELLEN WAS AND IS A STAND-UP COMEDIAN. SHE HAD TO WRITE HER OWN ROUTINES AND KNOWS HOW TO AD-LIB. LETTERMAN,LENO,AND THE REST OF THE NIGHTTIME LINE-UP HAVE TO READ EVERYTHING THAT THE WRITERS WROTE FOR THEM.

  • Vonceile Norman

    Dear Ellen, my name is Vonceile and i love you and your show. I’m not asking you for but one thing that i could meet you. I don’t want anything but too meet you.P.S. and Keyshia Cole.But you before anyone. Love vonceile Norman

  • Kalee

    Ellen Degeneres will be a judge in the latest american idol. Hope she do well in american idol.

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