After announcing the news on Wednesday that her daytime talk show would be coming to an end after its upcoming 19th season, Ellen DeGeneres sat down with TODAY's Savannah Guthrie for an interview that is airing Thursday morning on NBC.
Pieces of the interview have now leaked, including a part where Ellen explains that she thinks the entire story surrounding her show was 'coordinated' and 'orchestrated'.
The entire exchange (and you can watch it below):
"Did you feel like you were being canceled?" Savannah asked, regarding the allegations last year of a toxic workplace environment and the eventual backlash that ensued.
Ellen replied, "I felt like somebody had some kind of, you know? I mean, I really didn't understand it, I still don't understand it. Yeah, I thought I thought something was going on that that, because it was too orchestrated, it was too coordinated."
She continued, "And, you know, people get picked on but for four months straight for me, and then for me to read in the press about a toxic work environment, when, when all I've ever heard from every guest that comes on the show is what a happy atmosphere this is, and how, what a happy place it is."
The accusations that came to light last year led to the departure of three of the show's executive producers, and Ellen addressed the situation on the season opener.
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