UPDATED: Another talk show, whose production had been shut down over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, is returning to television. The Ellen DeGeneres Show will be back on Monday, April 6, with remotely produced new episodes filmed at DeGeneres’ home amid the health crisis.
Also starting Monday, April 6, fellow nationally syndicated daytime talker, The Wendy Williams Show, will return to television with new segments taped from her home in New York City. The new content will be included in episodes taped before the show stopped production on March 12th, due to growing concerns around the coronavirus.
Additionally, Rachael Ray will broadcast two all-new episodes next week, shot from Rayl’s home kitchen in upstate New York
“Since going into quarantine two weeks ago, I’ve been doing my show at home every day. But only for Portia. Starting Monday, you’ll be able to see it too, and I can’t wait,” said DeGeneres.
After production on all late-night and most daytime shows was suspended three weeks ago as part of the efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus, most shows first took to digital platforms for daily updates before returning to TV full-time with homemade versions of their programs.
DeGeneres had been doing Ellen’s Home Quarantine series on her YouTube channel, in which she calls celebrity friends on the phone and chats with them. (You can watch one of the webisodes below).
The at-home TV edition of the talk show will feature guests joining DeGeneres via video chat. Next week’s lineup of guests includes interviews with Jennifer Lopez, Chrissy Teigen, and John Legend, as well as checks-ins with Drew and Brittany Brees, and David Spade.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s resident dancer Stephen “tWitch” Boss and Executive Producer Andy Lassner will also be making cameo appearances.
The new Wendy Williams Show segments will feature Williams’ signature take on pop culture stories, ‘Hot Topics,’ and other show staples like ‘Ask Wendy’ and celebrity interviews.
“I may not be in my purple chair, and it may not look the same but I’m very excited to get back to my Wendy Watchers … there’s so much uncertainty in all of our worlds right now and we need each other!,” Williams said.
Ray, joined by her husband, John Cusimano, will tape her show in her own kitchen. The hourlong new episodes, which will air Monday, April 6, and Friday, April 10, will feature new recipes made with pantry staples, and solutions for cooking dilemmas.
“This is a weird time, right? I can’t say there’s a silver lining; that’s just a wild exaggeration,” Ray said on Monday’s show. “But there are found moments every day, and this is our found moment, for myself, John, and [our dog] Isaboo, that we get to share our home and some time with our viewers.”