Is ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’ Quietly Grooming Kristen Bell to Take Over as the New Host?

Ellen Degeneres announced a return date for The Ellen Degeneres Show, but fans still wonder if she’s here to stay. Rumors abound that Kristen Bell will become the new host of the show amid the ongoing controversy over the show.

Kristen Bell and Ellen Degeneres
Kristen Bell and Ellen Degeneres | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The People’s Choice Awards

Is Ellen Degeneres leaving ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’?

On Sept. 8, 2020, the host announced that The Ellen Degeneres Show would return on Sept. 21, 2020. However, the ongoing internal investigations continue. Former employees of the show came forward, accusing the producers of a “toxic work environment.” Three producers were fired, and the show upgraded employee perks, but fans wonder if it’s enough.

More and more stars’ interviews are resurfacing, showing how Degeneres made her guests feel uncomfortable. Mariah Carey told Vulture that she did not appreciate how the host made her admit she was pregnant mere weeks before she miscarried. 

Instead of retiring, Degeneres plans to return to the long-running show and talk about what’s going on.

“I can’t wait to get back to work and back to our studio,” she said in a press release from Today. “And, yes, we’re gonna talk about it.”

Could Kristen Bell be the new host of ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’?

How long will Ellen Degeneres last on the show? That’s the question everyone wants to know. With so much controversy surrounding the show and fans vowing not to watch, will the ratings go down? If they do, could the producers secretly be grooming Frozen actor Kristen Bell to take over?

Kristen Bell currently hosts Momsplaining with Kristen Bell on EllenTube. The show has five seasons of Bell getting brutally honest about being a parent.

A source told OK Magazine that The Good Place star is the favorite to take over The Ellen Degeneres Show. She has appeared numerous times on the show with Degeneres and is beloved in Hollywood.

The outlet reported that the producers were “quietly grooming her to take over” before the controversy began in 2020.

Would fans like to see Kristen Bell as the new host?

“She has a great, bubbly personality and seems very likable and ‘real,'” one fan wrote on Reddit. “I’d be OK with this.”

Some fans debated whether the producers would change the show’s name or create a new show entirely with Bell as the host.


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“Casey Kasem still hosts America’s Top 40 on my local radio station every Sunday morning despite being dead for six years,” one Reddit user gave an example of a show continuing without the original host.

Other fans worry that Bell wouldn’t be in as many other shows if she takes on the daytime talk show.

“I love Kristen Bell, but don’t make her a daytime show host,” another fan added. “She’s too talented to spread her time thin when she could be working on TV and movies.”

Only time will tell whether or not Bell might take over as the host of The Ellen Degeneres Show.