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In today's Hollywood Insider, senior correspondent Arthur Kade talks with AMC's NOS4A2 star Mattea Conforti on filming season two!


Mattea Conforti As Millie Manx

After a successful first season, AMC's drama series NOS4A2 is returning for season two. Actress Mattea Conforti appears in the first season as Millie Manx and talks about returning to Christmasland for the second season, saying:

"So in season two Charlie Manx is back eight years in the future and this season is about how he's going to further develop Christmasland and how he's going to lure more kids into Christmasland, so it's fun to see how much more [it] is gonna progress in season two."

Season two of NOS4A2 will premiere on AMC on June 21st at 10/9c.

Conforti's Broadway Background

In switching from Broadway to television, Conforti mentions how different the two are. She talks about her time on Broadway and explains:

"It's actually very different from television. You know, when you're performing in a show, it's live, so you only get one chance to get a message across to the audience and you only get one shot to really nail a line...but you have to be in the moment currently when you're on Broadway."

Conforti played the part of Matilda in Matilda The Musical on Broadway from July 2015 to May 2016. She also played the roles of Lousie and Rayne in Sunday in the Park With George in 2017. There, she got to work with actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who played the lead role of Georges Seurat. She looks back on her time with him and says:

"He is a very fun actor to work with. He can definitely be serious and he knows how to get into character, he knows how to set the mood for everyone, but he know how to be playful and he knows how to get everyone in a good mood."

At the age of 14, Mattea Conforti has had her share of both Broadway and television. Stay tuned to see her on season two of NOS4A2 on AMC premiering June 21st!

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Ellen DeGeneres issued an apology to the world during her opening monologue for season 18 of her daytime talk show. The comedian had a lot to address concerning the "toxic environment" that former employees had spoken out about. Along with the apology, DeGeneres explained the future of the show and made a big announcement.

DeGeneres first became the center of controversy towards the beginning of quarantine when she hired a new production staff to help her create at-home content while many of her employees remained furloughed. It was around mid-April that crew members spoke out about their frustrations. They went weeks without knowing if they would still receive payments from the show which was still airing content. Communication between crews and the network was little to none.

Following this scuffle, former employees began to come forward online, calling the show a "toxic environment." This was surprising to hear, considering Ellen's motto has always been "be kind."

Soon after, executive producers Andy Lassner, Mary Connelly, and Ed Glavin all parted ways with the studio, amidst a sexual harassment investigation.

Today, for the first time in months, Ellen returned to the studio to kick off season 18 of The Ellen Show.

In her opening monologue she stated:

"As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that every seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected. I know that I am in a position of privilege and power, and with that ,comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show."

As for her character, she had this to say:

"The truth is, I am that person that you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad...I get mad, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient. And I am working on all of that. I am a work in progress."

DeGeneres then shifted the spotlight over to show contributor Twitch. In the past, Twitch had served as DJ and a featured voice on the show, along with being Ellen's friend of course. Degeneres announced that Twitch will now be stepping up as her new co-executive producer.

'The Ellen Show' has been on air since 2003 and has just begun its 18th season on NBC.

Watch Ellen's full apology here:

At the start of her new season, Ellen discussed the changes at the show. #Ellen #TheEllenShow #EllenDeGeneres
Ellen Welcomes Her First Virtual Audience with a Big Gift!

They're back! Ellen and Kelly and Jimmy...oh my! After Ellen's toxic workplace allegations, Kelly's split from her husband and Jimmy's blackface scandal...these three talkers all took the summer off (as most talk shows do) and laid low. But now they're all back and they have a lot to say...

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