Who Will Replace Ellen DeGeneres as TV’s Biggest Daytime Host?

Ellen Degeneres
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Ellen DeGeneres

Now that Ellen DeGeneres is bringing her self-titled talk show to a close, everyone’s wondering who will replace her as the next ruler of daytime television.

Earlier this month, the TV host announced her decision to end The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2022, explaining that it’s “just not a challenge anymore” (while contending that the decision isn’t a result of the show’s 2020 toxic-workplace scandal).

So, who will succeed DeGeneres? Right now the obvious contender seems to be Kelly Clarkson, who is taking over her time slot. But social media users and media outlets have some other ideas, including Tiffany Haddish, who seems to have emerged as a frontrunner for the job. (For her part, Haddish said on The Breakfast Club on May 19 that she hasn’t been approached.)

Here’s more information on Haddish and other celebrities the Internet is favoring as Ellen’s replacement.

Tiffany Haddish
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Tiffany Haddish

Per The Hollywood Reporter, this comedian and actress is being “heavily courted” to take over for DeGeneres and has even expressed interest in the gig. But Haddish would likely have to pass up TV and film paychecks to emcee the talk show. “If the show works, she could make Ellen money, but you can’t give her Ellen money up front,” an exec explained to THR.

Kelly Clarkson
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Kelly Clarkson

NBC announced in late May that it plans to shift The Kelly Clarkson Show into the spot Ellen will leave behind in 2022. Time will tell if her ratings live up to those of her predecessor.

James Corden
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James Corden

This Late Late Show host was reportedly “in line” to replace DeGeneres last summer, when the allegations about Ellen’s toxic workplace made headlines. But Corden shut down the speculation on his show in September. “Genuinely, I have no idea where that even came from,” he said at the time. “I think somebody started a rumor somewhere and someone jumped on it. There is absolutely no truth in that story at all, zero.”

Laverne Cox
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Laverne Cox

Responding to the Corden speculation, How We Fight for Our Lives author Saeed Jones put in a big plug for this Orange Is the New Black star, tweeting, “If y’all give the show to a straight white man, I will snap. It’s obvious that [Laverne Cox] should take over.”

Wanda Sykes
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Wanda Sykes

Jones also tweeted that his other pick for the job would be this comedian and Black-ish actress, who also got a show of support from The Good Place alum Jameela Jamil. “Wanda Sykes for The Ellen Show. And for every show please,” Jamil wrote in a now-deleted tweet, per Newsweek.

Mario Lopez
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Mario Lopez

This Saved by the Bell alum and Access Hollywood host has often filled in for DeGeneres on the show, and Radar Online reported in 2019 that he was interested in making the gig permanent. “He’s not an obvious choice to take over from Ellen, but Mario has more than enough experience,” an industry source told the gossip site.

Tig Notaro
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Tig Notaro

Another celebrity racking up support on social media is this stand-up comic, a friend of DeGeneres’ who has made over a dozen appearances on the talk show. (Plus, she’s also Dakota Johnson’s favorite comedian, as Johnson once said to DeGeneres’ face.) “The obvious choice to replace Ellen is Tig Notaro,” a fan tweeted on May 20, when the One Mississippi alum returned to Ellen.