Today is the season 18 premiere of the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen has said she will discuss the behind the scenes issues the show faced over the last few months. Tiffany Haddish will join Ellen in the studio but the show will film without an in-studio audience. Guests the first week include Kerry Washington, Alec Baldwin, and Chrissy Teigen…none of which have claimed that Ellen is mean and abusive to her staff.

Update: Here is Ellen’s opening to the show.