James Corden’s name has emerged as a candidate to replace the embattled Ellen DeGeneres — but a source close to the network has told OK! that the likely successor is Kristen Bell.

The mom-of-two and wife of Dax Shepard has privately been considered the “heir apparent” for a long time, we’re told.

Bell, 40, has been a regular on the show and Warner Bros. executives have been “quietly grooming her to take over” even before the toxic workplace scandal broke.

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DeGeneres is contracted through 2022 but is said to want out of the show after it emerged an investigation would take place into various claims, including that behind-the-scenes the production is filled with racism, fear and intimidation.

“With Ellen’s scandal, Kristen’s name tops the short list,” a source told OK!.

“Kristen has been quietly honing her hosting skills. Even better for Warner Bros., everyone in Hollywood loves Kristin.”

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Bell launched a web show called Momsplaining on Ellen’s YouTube page and website which television executive behind the Ellen chat-fest have “been watching closely, and honing because she is the heir apparent.”

Said the source: “They have been grooming her as the replacement. She is definitely in front of James Corden. They want a woman and no-one is funnier or more relatable than Kristen.”

 

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