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Ellen DeGeneres makes on-air apology, vows a ‘new chapter’

TV|: Ellen DeGeneres used her opening monologue of the new season of her daytime talk show to address allegations of a toxic work environment, apologising for things “that never should have happened.” “I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realise that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show,” she said in a video posted Monday. See also Can Japan's ancient Noh theatre survive COVID-19? 10 films and shows to stream in the UAE in September All the cool, fun activities you’ve missed in the UAE in the last 6 months Bollywood actor Rajkummar Rao turns 36: Little-known facts about the actor DeGeneres smiled frequently but appeared strained during her remarks. She included several quips that lightened the tone but didn’t match the seriousness of the allegations. ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ started its 18th season in Los Angeles with the host on stage for the first time in months after taping from DeGeneres’s home during quarantine. There wasn’t a studio audience but a virtual one, with faces beamed in on monitors put in the audience seats. “We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace, and what we want for the future,” she said. “We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter.” Three of the show’s producers exited over the summer amid allegations of a dysfunctional workplace that harboured misbehaviour, including sexual misconduct and racially insensitive remarks. In her monologue, DeGeneres drily joked that her summer was “super-terrific.” The host also addressed the allegations that the off-camera DeGeneres is very different than her sunny on-air persona. ‘The truth is I am that person that you see on TV,’ she said. “I am also a lot of other things,” she said. “I get sad. I get mad. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I get impatient. And I am working on all of that.” The comedian, who is gay, noted that she’s played a straight woman on screen and considers herself “a pretty good actress,” but not good enough to “come out here every day for 17 years and fool you. This is me.” An internal company investigation of work conditions was prompted by a BuzzFeed News report in July based on 36 interviews with ex-staffers, who complained about or said they witnessed improper and unfair treatment. The people making the claims were not identified. “I learnt that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously, and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected,” DeGeneres said in her monologue. She was joined later by guest Tiffany Haddish. The comedian and host had sent a memo to her staff after the BuzzFeed report, recalling her early promise of ensuring a workplace where “everyone would be treated with respect.” Something changed, she said, “and for that, I am sorry.” In a July statement, Warner Bros said parent company WarnerMedia’s investigation revealed what it called “some flaws in the show’s daily management.” Although not all of the allegations were corroborated, the studio said it was “disappointed that the primary findings of the investigation indicated some deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management.”

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‘Pandemmys’ sees another record low in viewership

HollyWood|: The novelty of television stars getting Emmy Awards delivered to their homes wasn’t enough to keep the annual show from slipping further in popularity. The Nielsen company said 6.1 million people watched the Emmys on Sunday night, down from 6.9 million in 2019 and the third straight year of record low viewership. See also Photos: A preview of the world's first 'Rolling Stones' store Photos: Bollywood actress Sunny Leone heats up Los Angeles Bengaluru drug case: Who is arrested actor Sanjjanaa Galrani? Sara Ali Khan to Ananya Panday: See how Bollywood star kids are spending summer The Emmys faced competition from both NFL football and the NBA Western Conference finals. The coronavirus pandemic eliminated any chance fans had of seeing stars on a red carpet, although host Jimmy Kimmel gamely tried to make do in a mostly empty auditorium with actors accepting awards remotely. Still, it illustrated how the Emmy Awards are becoming a boutique event. Last year was the first time viewership slipped under 10 million people. As recently as 2013, the Emmys had 17.6 million viewers. The Emmys were once a celebration of all things television timed for the beginning of a new fall season. Yet the pandemic has delayed the return of many favourite shows. Viewership is also fragmented across many different networks and streaming services, and several shows don’t have a wide audience. Of the 128 Emmys awarded before and during Sunday’s show, 18 went to the Big Four broadcast networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. HBO dominated with 30 awards and Netflix had 21. Reginald Hudlin, an executive producer of the Emmys telecast, said Monday that it has been hard for all of the major awards shows to get the audiences that they had been used to. “We’re not three networks anymore,” Hudlin said. “We went from three networks to 60 with cable, and with streaming services there’s just endless choice. “So people are now used to watching a show that’s specifically for them,” Hudlin told a webinar organised by the law firm Fox Rothschild on Monday. “No matter how narrow that audience is, there’s a show that speaks to, ‘I’m a left-handed person who loves fishing’ ... And the challenge is there’s not a thing that connects to everybody.” The Canadian comedy ‘Schitt’s Creek,’ which was once shown on Netflix but has since been airing on the little-known Pop TV network, swept the comedy awards. It won seven trophies during Sunday’s show and 10 overall. Since the show was structured to front-load the comedy awards, the Emmys were on the air for an hour Sunday before any show other than ‘Schitt’s Creek’ won an award. ABC and Kimmel, mindful of being accused of airing an obscenity, flashed the show’s name on the screen every time the title was mentioned.

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Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut takes jibe at Deepika Padukone over alleged drug link

BollyWood|: Kangana Ranaut has taken a sarcastic jibe at Deepika Padukone, saying depression is a consequence of drug abuse. Ranaut took to her verified Twitter account to take a dig at Padukone using the latter's name in a hashtag, leaving no guesses as to who her comment was aimed at. ALSO SEE Urmila Matondkar vs Kangana Ranaut: Bollywood reacts to actress' spat The 'Queen' of controversy: Why Bollywood loves to hate Kangana Ranaut Jaya Bachchan defends Bollywood in Parliament: Kangana Ranaut, Sonam Kapoor react From Salman Khan to Kangana Ranaut, Bollywood celebrates PM Narendra Modi’s birthday "Repeat after me, depression is a consequence of drug abuse. So called high society rich star children who claim to be classy and have a good upbringing ask their manager," MAAL HAI KYA?" #boycottBollywoodDruggies #DeepikaPadukone," Ranaut tweeted. Just a day after Sushant Singh Rajput's death, on June 15, Padukone had tweeted from her verified account: "Repeat after me: depression is an illness." In another tweet posted on June 16, the actress had shared: "Repeat after me: depression is a form of mental illness." Ranaut in her tweets has now taken a sarcastic jibe at Padukone using the latter's catchwords in her anti-depression campaigns. Ranaut's jibe at Padukone comes after the news channel Times Now revealed a WhatsApp chat, which the channel claims allegedly took place between Padukone and her manager Karishma Prakash, who is reportedly an employee with Kwan Talent Management Agency.