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Ellen Cancels Taping

10/18/2007 5:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ellen DeGeneresEllen DeGeneres has canceled the taping of her show today.

This comes days after an emotional week for Ellen, who broke down in tears on Tuesday's show, as she recalled how Iggy the dog was ripped away from her hairstylist's home by a rescue organization.

The show issued this statement: "Ellen is taking a long weekend and will be back with a new show on Tuesday."

We're told that Ellen's producers asked country crooner Keith Urban -- who was previously scheduled to appear on the show -- to perform for audience members who had already arrived for the taping, not knowing it was canceled.


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The reason Ellen is so popular on her show is that she is willing to be real with her
Audience. She is feeling emotional because she tried to do what seemed right to
her, both for the dog and for the family she gave it to, and has had it all blow out of
control. Yes, she didn't read the fine print. Yes. She admits that she did wrong. Yes.
The shelter has the legal right to take the dog back. The question is what kind of ego
is involved on all sides that they wouldn't make an effort for mediation. I mean it, sending
police to enfore the removal of the dog? The shelter owners have created a publicity
nightmare for themselves.

As far as the rest of you guy bitching... I'd definately rather hear Ellen sharing her
feelings than read the dribble that is so common here. Most of what is writtten here
isn't worth the time to read. So I say to you guys "Get a life yourselve!!!"

2539 days ago


The BIG story is the whiny Ellen meltdown & she was boring as host of the Oscars!

2539 days ago

Allred Tree    

This is ENTIRELY ELLEN'S FAULT and I hope her show gets cancelled. It and her "DANCING" has become TIRESOME. She uses these animals for publicity and ratings and she has caused lots of hardships over this - her latest ploy! Her crying was ridiculous and could have been faked. OMG I thought her mother had died!

She has returned God only knows how many pets so why does she insist on getting more. Love the cats you have and leave your mitts off the mutts!!!

The money Ellen spent on Iggy was like a drop in the bucket to her. She should just continue donating to the legitimate rescue organizations and leave everyone alone.

2539 days ago

Sam's doing all this posting    

I've seen "lovable" Ellen in RL-she's quite an unpleasant person. Her behavior as regards this dog was irresponsible and ignorant--not to mention childishly impulsive. She shouldn't try to adopt dogs at all-this is the THIRD one in recent time that "hasn't worked out" and had to be given away. She pulled a hugely mean, total professional NO NO by taking this personal matter public so "emotionally".

As for the supposedly mean ol' Mutts & Moms people: listen, the dog was THEIR property to be responsible for if Ellen let him go, period. That was the law-which is why the police backed them up. Local humane societies are just kissing celeb ass as usual.

2539 days ago


I hope Ellen is ok. I am an animal lover myself and know that it's an emotional situation, but to see her so upset like makes me wonder if there are other things going on in her personal life. I'm gonna go to hell for saying this, but that little girl is coming off as a brat. They won't get the dog back now. The girl should accept another dog and maybe that would help put an end to all of this and stop Ellen from feeling so guilty. Ellen made a mistake and tried to make things right. Unfortunately Marina is too much of a cold hearted person to even *consider* the dog staying in the hairdresser's home. Seems she can bend her rules when it suits her. There was NO home inspection when Ellen adopted the dog. For the sake of all the dogs, I hope her shelter won't suffer for this.

2539 days ago


Hey palmspringshot, get off your fat butt and go to high-kill shelters and save some dogs like this rescue group does.

Sitting around smearing people who save dogs' lives is repulsive

2539 days ago


Idiotic behavior.

2539 days ago


All Ms. Baktis needed to do was evaluate the home that teh dog was taken to -- fairly evaluate it -- and them have teh family of Ruby fill out the form, sign adoption papers, and may Baktis some more money.
Then if Baktis still had a hard on against Ellen, she could write nasty things about her, and fine her a lump of money...

...but grabbing that dog when he was playing with the other dog he had been bonding with, and staging a stand-off for 2 hours while Iggy squirmed and tried to get down is insane!!

An age limit of "no 2 year olds" is very reasonable, even up to 8 years is understandable, but the 14 year old thing is arbitrary and wierd.

2539 days ago


IGGY-gate revolves around gettin IGGY to talk - the dog may say bad Ellen bad girl!

2539 days ago


cletus SHAME on you, you're kind make me ill. You probably go to church on sunday's and act holier than though. I know more gay and lesbians who are KIND human being's unlike you I would say..

2539 days ago


Hope Ellen rebounds from this wiser and stronger than ever. She gave it her best shot.

IMO - Some people who are unable to reasonably compromise for whatever reasons usually have serious personal issues not even closely related to their present conflicts. Having said that, I wonder who or what Ms. Batkis is really trying to save and control?

2539 days ago


#11 your so right

2539 days ago


Once Ellen apologizes to 100 million of us for her Oscars' "performance" then maybe Iggy is set free!

2539 days ago

Mad as Heck    

SECRET PLAN: we hire Blackwater to find and rescue Iggy.

I am sure where ever Marina is, Iggy is close. I don't believe she is that inconsiderate to get another family involved in this mess.

With this plan everyone wins, Iggy goes back to Ruby, Iggy is happy, Ruby is happy, Ellen is happy, Marina does not know how to be happy and Blackwater gets some good press for a change, heck if Blackwater got good press even President Bush would be happy.

What do you think?

2539 days ago


Marina Baktis is a Nazi pig who likes to make little girls cry. She's a bully and a fake, looking for media attention. I hope she goes out of business. She probably pushes little old ladies in the street and graps canes out of the hands of little old men. My guess is that she had animals taken from her hands and left crying so now she has to do the same to others. All you Ellen hating homophobes need to eat it! Hey Marina, do you shoot puppies for entertainment?

2539 days ago
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