One of the more recognizable names in daytime television is signing off in 2022 as The Ellen DeGeneres Show comes to an end next year.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the decision to end the show has been in talks over the years. DeGeneres will discuss the reasoning behind the choice with Oprah Winfrey on Ellen’s May 13 show.
“When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged — and as great as this show is, and as fun, as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” DeGeneres said to The Hollywood Reporter.
A New York Times profile in 2018 revealed that DeGeneres’ wife, Portia de Rossi, discussed with her to seek a new challenge and move on from her 180-shows-a-year job. Meanwhile, DeGeneres’ brother and executives at Warner Bros. urged her to continue.
Eventually, DeGeneres agreed to three more seasons but was clear with herself and her team that this contract would be the last for her.
Nonetheless, the show is ending on a controversial note as DeGeneres’ departure from daytime television comes on the heels of BuzzFeed News exposé in July. Accusations of a toxic work environment surfaced, resulting in an internal investigation and the dismissal of key executives. Since then, Ellen’s ratings took a hit and have yet to recover.
Kim Godwin: “Newscasts at Some Point Will Be Totally Streamed”
Godwin sat down with Recode host and Vox journalist Peter Kafka at the Collison Conference in Toronto.
ABC News president Kim Godwin has been in her position for more than a year and she recently sat down with Recode host and Vox journalist Peter Kafka at the Collison Conference in Toronto, where they discussed the future of news media.
With streaming both on the audio and visual side, becoming more of a player for news and how they reach the younger audience, Godwin says that getting to the demographic is via a digital strategy.
“The price of admission is that digital strategy. That push alert – getting to people early,” said Godwin, per TV Newser. “And then we have people who really are in tune with the way people are consuming news.”
“You really have to niche it out. You can’t put a TikTok on Facebook…. You have to approach it with a multi-faceted and multi-pronged approach and try to get there first.”
Furthermore, Godwin wants the network to lean on their brand on various platforms that are skewered to the young generation, like TikTok.
“ABC News is a strong news brand in America. So we are leveraging that brand on TikTok. [ABC News foreign correspondent] Ian Pannell who is covering the war in Ukraine right from the frontlines,” Godwin said.
“In addition to the reports he’s sending back for World News Tonight and Good Morning America, he’s doing TikToks. And they’re interesting, different and customized for that audience. As journalists, we are looking at our coverage in a different way.”
Godwin was then asked how she plans to get the younger crowd to turn on ABC News, where they make their money, but she says news could be heading toward being streamed rather than having the more youth turn on ABC.
“I think there is going to be a business for us there one day (on TikTok),” said Godwin. “That’s where all the bridges are leading. Everything is getting smaller on linear, but maybe the newscasts at some point will be totally streamed, like ABC News Live,” Godwin concluded.
“Maybe that’s where World News Tonight and GMA will eventually be. I really think we are headed that way, all the numbers show that… Maybe they meet in the middle somewhere eventually.”
Dan Abrams: Someone in Donald Trump’s Inner Circle Could See Charges
“For the first time, I think there’s a real possibility a member of Donald Trump’s inner circle could face criminal charges related to Jan. 6,” Abrams said on Thursday’s edition of “Dan Abrams Live.”
The hearings into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol remain ongoing, and following the raid on former Trump Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark this week, anchor Dan Abrams has a bold belief.
Abrams, the founder of Mediaite and anchor on NewsNation, considers that for the first time, someone from former President Donald Trump’s inner circle could see criminal charges.
“It’s generally seemed to me that the criminal inquiry into Trump and his inner circle in connection with Jan. 6 wasn’t going anywhere. I’m talking about what I actually think is happening, that’s all.”
Abrams stated the latest hearing and the Wednesday raid on Clark are what altered his view on whether anyone could end up seeing charges.
“What we learned today changed my analysis. That’s because federal investigators just raided the home of former trump department of justice lawyer Jeffrey Clark,” Abrams added.
“He was the guy heading the justice department’s environmental division who Donald Trump tried to put in as acting attorney general could see was apparently the only one within the DOJ willing to support the effort to overturn the 2020 election.”
Finally, Abrams conveyed that the raid’s timing before the hearing could examine Clark’s role could lead to something significant when facing jail time.
“To get authorization to raid his home now, the day before the Jan. 6 committee held a hearing examining Jeffrey Clark’s role in trying to overturn the election, suggest to me that they believe they suddenly could have something big,” Abrams concluded.
NBC News’ Joe Fryer Receives NLGJA’s Journalist of the Year
The award is presented by The Association of LGBTQ Journalists
NBC News Now morning anchor Joe Fryer has received a significant honor as he was named NLGJA’s Journalist of the Year.
The award is presented by The Association of LGBTQ Journalists, which honors “an LGBTQ journalist whose exceptional abilities, integrity, and distinctive work brought honor to the profession within the past year.”
“Humbled & honored to be named “Journalist of the Year” by the NLGJA — an organization that’s so important to the LGBTQ community. I share the award w/ my many colleagues at NBC NewsNow, TODAY show, & NBCNews who’ve helped me tell these stories,” Fryer tweeted.
Fryer joined NBC News in 2013 as a West Coast correspondent, following a stint as a special projects reporter for Seattle NBC affiliate KING. The NBC News anchor wasn’t the only network newser to win an NLGJA award.
CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas and the 48 Hours team won the Excellence in Network Television Award for the 48 Hours story The Life and Death of Nikki Kuhnhausen.