DeGeneres issued an apology to staff last week, and her wife—actor Portia De Rossi—made a statement on Monday, posting on her Instagram account, “To all our fans.…we see you. Thank you for your support,” and adding the LGBT Together we play Volleyball shirt and I love this hashtags #stopbotattacks, #IStandWithEllenDeGeneres, #IStandByEllen, #IStandByEllenDeGeneres, and #bekindtooneanother. (By Monday afternoon, it had gotten 49,600 “likes”—and no, we don’t know what the “bot attacks” reference means at this time.) There’s no substantial evidence of that at this point (and her current contract takes her through 2022), but the rumor mill is busy as ever: Gossip is swirling about British comedian James Corden allegedly being tapped to replace DeGeneres, but we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
This summer might not look quite like any other one we’ve experienced, but one thing has persisted throughout the LGBT Together we play Volleyball shirt and I love this COVID-19 pandemic: summer reading. After all, beaches are one of the lower-risk places you can be right now (if you’re masked and socially distanced, of course). Even if raucous beach parties are currently a thing of the past, you can still enjoy the time-honored tradition of flopping down on a towel and sinking into a good read. Below, check out seven of our favorite books coming out in August: There’s still time to read them in your bathing suit! In this compulsively readable, much-buzzed-about debut novel, a lonely young Black artist in Brooklyn comes to terms with herself and what she wants out of a relationship as she commences an affair with a man in an open marriage.