Through the years, daytime and late-night talk shows have had quite a fair share of drama. From cohosts not getting along to very shocking exits, Us Weekly is looking back at some of the biggest controversies.
In 2018, Megyn Kelly, who was hosting her own NBC morning show at the time, came under fire when she defended wearing blackface makeup years ago on Halloween. Although she apologized in an email to staffers and read a statement on air, the show, Megyn Kelly Today, was canceled.
Two months after her exit, she came to an agreement with NBC and reportedly received the remaining sum owed to her from her original $69 million contract — $30 million.
Two years later, another woman in TV made headlines for a scandal. In summer 2020, multiple former staffers on The Ellen DeGeneres Show claimed that the show was a toxic atmosphere to work in. A second report accused the producers of sexual misconduct, which they denied. Ellen DeGeneres sent an email to her team in July, explaining that she told her staff the show “would be a place of happiness” and is “disappointed” to learn that something has changed over the years.
“I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show,” she said in the memo obtained by Us Weekly. “We all have to be more mindful about the way our words and actions affect others, and I’m glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention. I promise to do my part in continuing to push myself and everyone around me to learn and grow. It’s important to me and to Warner Bros. that everyone who has something to say can speak up and feels safe doing so.”
Scroll through the gallery below for more controversies in talk shows through the years.