Channel 9 pulled The Ellen DeGeneres Show from its schedule, as accusations of “toxic workplace” continue to swirl.
The network has replaced it with Desperate Housewives, which was airing repeats of the talk show from noon each day.
“We are resting Ellen repeats on Nine and have replaced with Desperate Housewives,” a spokesperson confirmed to news.com.au.
But the spokesman denied the show was “axed.”
“Nine haven’t axed anything – we have been playing repeats on Nine which will continue on 9Gem. Discussions are ongoing regarding the new series.”
This comes as Warner Media launches an ongoing investigation into a series of disturbing claims made by former and current workers alleging a “toxic work climate” with a culture of “racism, fear and intimidation.”
However, earlier this month, Channel 9 refused to confirm whether or not it would air the new episodes, explaining that it was awaiting the outcome of the investigation.
“Do we have rights beyond this year? The answer to that is no,” Nine programming director Hamish Turner told TV Tonight.
“We’ll wait to hear from Warner Brothers as to the results of their internal inquiry, because at the moment, they haven’t even come forward with what the show is, or when it might go back into production.”
Mr Turner added: “We’re waiting to see what the US are doing and then obviously we’ll need to negotiate rates.
“There’s a lot to go under the bridge before we even get to that stage. We haven’t got a clear picture yet.”