Ellen DeGeneres Sends Emotional Apology to Staff

Nominees for Video of the Year… Naya Rivera was buried… Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande canceled a surprise performance… Clare Crawley has already “fallen”… and Ellen DeGeneres apologizes to her staff

The “MTV Video Music Awards” nominees were announced yesterday. Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga lead with nine. Billie Eilish and The Weeknd follow with six each. Majorly snubbed were Harry Styles and Dua Lipa. I truly don’t understand that AT ALL. The awards will be handed out on Sunday, Aug. 30th. You can go online now to vote in all the categories, including a couple of fun new ones — Best Music Video from Home and Best Quarantine Performance. But of course, the biggest honor is to win Video of the Year, and this year’s nominees are “Everything I Wanted” by Billie Eilish; “Godzilla” by Eminem and Juice Wrld; “Life is Good” by Future and Drake; “Rain on Me” by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande; “The Man” by Taylor Swift; and “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd.

Naya Rivera was laid to rest at the famous Forest Lawn Memorial Park, where several celebrities are buried including Hollywood legends like Elizabeth Taylor and Lucille Ball, as well as celebrities who, like Naya, died far too young, like Brittany Murphy, Paul Walker and Nipsey Hussle. Naya passed away from drowning after saving her 4-year-old son from the same potential fate. Her final TV appearance actually hits Netflix today. She’s a guest judge on the second episode of the baking competition, “Sugar Rush: Extra Sweet.”

Way to go, Chainsmokers. You ruined it for EVERYBODY. Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande were supposed to make a surprise appearance at the Drive ’N Drag show at the Rose Bowl tonight, but that got scrapped last night because because organizers were afraid of a Chainsmokers repeat, with rules of social distancing seemingly being thrown out the window. That is still under investigation. But a music insider told Page Six, “Gaga really wanted to do it, but the Rose Bowl pulled the plug because of what happened in the Hamptons. They feared that once the crowd realized who it was, they would run toward the stage, not social distance, and they feared they’d lose their license.” Minus that big surprise, the drive-in drag event will go on, with performances by Asia O’Hara, Plastique Tiara, Kameron Michaels, Violet Chachki and more.

I don’t THINK this is a SPOILER ALERT because I’m not naming any names or giving you a single detail that would reveal this guy’s identity, BUT! Life & Style is reporting that after only 12 days of filming, Bachelorette Clare Crawley is ready to quit the show because she’s already fallen in love with one of her men. The source said Clare refused to come out of her room for filming, and now producers scrambling, trying to figure out what to do. Can they talk her into continuing? Or will they let her leave and just bring in a backup Bachelorette?

After months of bad press and former employees blasting her for having a toxic work environment, Ellen DeGeneres finally addressed it in a memo to her staff, which was leaked to the press. It started, “Hey everybody – It’s Ellen. On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry…I could not have the success I’ve had without all of your contributions. My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that. Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues. As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.” She went on to say that people have been speaking on her behalf and misrepresenting who she is. She said, “That has to stop.” Warner Bros. wouldn’t comment on any specific allegations, which now include racism and sexual misconduct. But they did say, “We have identified several staffing changes, along with appropriate measures to address the issues that have been raised, and are taking the first steps to implement them.”

 

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