As if she didn’t have enough things to worry about, embattled daytime talk show host Ellen Degeneres may have yet another problem on her hands and her name is… Drew Barrymore.
The 45-year-old actress launched her new talk show on CBS this week and people are already saying she may have the potential to knock Ellen off her throne as the reigning queen of daytime talk shows.
Bye Bye Ellen …. Drew Barrymore is in the house. Like totally. pic.twitter.com/e3BZetT6bC
— SHABBA SHAY (@shanaynaycc) September 15, 2020
Vanity Fair reports:
There’s now a new alternative. On Monday, Drew Barrymore premiered her new eponymous talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show, with a star-studded reunion of her Charlie’s Angels costars, a heartwarming charitable act, and enough sunny warmth and perceived authenticity to rival even the most vintage DeGeneres segment.
lucy liu and cameron diaz being the first guests on The Drew Barrymore Show outsells Ellen’s entire 16 season run
— this is me trying (@knowleskravitz) September 14, 2020
Drew certainly seems to be positioning herself for glory, calling in her most A-list friends to help ensure her new show is a success. The first week’s line up includes Billy Porter, Jane Fonda, Christian Siriano, Billy Eichner, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Gabrielle Union, Adam Sandler, and Tyra Banks.
Here’s how people on Twitter are responding to the idea of Drew replacing Ellen…
let’s replace ellen with drew barrymore
— izzy (@edwardcuII3n) September 16, 2020
really rooting for drew barrymore to pick up and run away with the ball that ellen dropped
— taylor swift said it’s fall (@jaloraso) September 14, 2020
the gay community has moved past the need for The Ellen Show, as we now have The Drew Barrymore Show. pic.twitter.com/FWyAq2kOly
— baby M ? (@marissaasal) September 13, 2020
drew barrymore has a talk show??? she’s just ended ellen. ?
— ashraff (@ashraffjihadi_) September 15, 2020
Ellen just left the group chat after seeing Drew Barrymore’s first show
— We’re all panicking at the dildo (@panikatthedildo) September 15, 2020
drew barrymore may be my #1 comfort white woman ugh i hope she replaces ellen as the talk show host juggernaut…something about her voice and the way she talks is just so soothing to me and ever after and never been kissed r two of the greatest movies of all time
— ethan (@ethanshumjr) September 14, 2020
we need to take all of the positive energy we had for ellen and put it into drew barrymore
— ambz (@amberniclowman) September 13, 2020
Drew Barrymore replacing Ellen was not on my 2020 bingo card but I will take it. https://t.co/I3sRsZDreK
— Detox Stan Account (@bananaxboatx) September 15, 2020
The Drew Barrymore show is going to be everything Ellen wasn’t!
— Dom-Cap?? (@Tom_mph) September 14, 2020
I’m here for Drew Barrymore being the Glinda the good witch of daytime TV. Ever since Ellen got canceled (may she rest) daytime has needed a new beacon of positivity to usher us into a new decade. ????????
— Kevin Surma (@Kevin_Surma) September 15, 2020
Drew and Ellen have had a complicated relationship over the years, dating back to 2014 when Ellen called Drew “fat” when she was actually pregnant. Drew later said she didn’t take any offense to the joke, but the tabloids still had a field day with it.
In 2017, the two briefly worked together on the NBC series First Dates. Ellen served as executive producer with Drew narrating. The show lasted just eight episodes and was canceled after the two purportedly found it difficult to work with one another.
“Ellen and Drew are a case of oil and water,” a source told In Touch Weekly shortly after the show was canceled. “Ellen expected to be the one calling the shots, but Drew thinks she should have creative control because she’s the movie star people are tuning in to see.”