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1. Ellen DeGeneres is making sure her staffers are taken care of now that “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is ending. She’s reportedly giving out “millions of dollars” in bonuses. Warner Bros. plans to extend healthcare coverage for six months after the show ends on May 26th. And the staff – about 30 percent of whom have been there for over a decade – can also get access to resume building and networking workshops to help them find their next gig.
2. Over a third of Americans plan on playing hooky at work in order to watch the March Madness tournament. The new survey of 2,000 Americans found 37% of those polled plan on calling in sick or skipping work. And if you’re an employer, it’s a safe bet that you should expect a bit less from your employees. Nearly half (46%) of those polled say they will be a lot less productive at work when the NCAA March Madness tournament is on. Over 4 in 10 (43%) say they actually plan on watching at least some of the games while on the clock. And if you think the Super Bowl is the most fun sporting event of the year, the survey found a second opinion, as 48% agreed that the NCAA March Madness tournament actually takes that crown.
3. Wendy Williams told Good Morning America that she plans on returning to her daytime talk show -- despite the fact that Sherri Shepherd has already been named as her successor. “This is what I would to say to my Wendy Watchers: Keep watching because I’m going to be back on the ‘Wendy Show’ bigger and brighter than ever,” said Williams via phone, having declined to appear on camera for the interview. Despite her claim, production company says it's Debmar-Mercury “100% committed” to Shepherd’s show this fall, having locked in syndication with Fox and other station groups.