I listen to Dax Shepard’s podcast regularly, and it is noteworthy that — while Shepard is not shy about talking about any number of topics on his show, including relapsing or tension in his own marriage with Kristen Bell — he has not spoken to the controversy that has surrounded Ellen DeGeneres over the last year.
It’s probably not that surprising since Kristen Bell is trying to position herself as the heir to Ellen, and some of the Shepard/Bell brand is already linked to that of Ellen. However, given the toxicity that has surrounded DeGeneres in this last year, it’s also notable that Shepard and Bell are running toward DeGeneres instead of away.
To wit: Shepard and Bell are set to host a family game show produced by Ellen which was basically inspired by a game that Shepard and Bell played on her show. The game show will pit family against family in a series of silly games, and both Shepard and Bell will play, as well, on opposing teams. Here’s the full announcement:
It will be interesting to see if DeGeneres will gain anything from her association with the Frozen star and her “approachable” husband, or if DeGeneres’ toxicity just rubs off on them. Or perhaps the combination of the three reaches new levels of insufferable. Tune in, find out!