Suspended Roncalli counselor's 'The Ellen Show' appearance gets new air date

Shelly Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald's 'Ellen' appearance moved to 9/17
Fitzgerald on Ellen postponed

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The Ellen Show segment featuring the guidance counselor suspended from Roncalli High School will now air Sept. 17, 2018.

Shelly Fitzgerald's interview was recorded on Thursday and was supposed to air Friday, Sept. 7, but got postponed.

According to Fitzgerald, her appearance is delayed due to a segment with Cher going long.

Ellen DeGeneres invited Fitzgerald to appear on national television after learning she's on paid leave over her same-sex marriage, which violates her contract.

A spokesperson for the Archdiocese told us Thursday that there's no resolution yet on the issue and attorneys on both sides are still meeting.

Fitzgerald has worked at Roncalli for 15 years. She was outed to the school's administration in August and has been on administrative leave ever since.

"I think their hand was forced and I'm sorry that they're in this position," Fitzgerald told us in her first sit-down interview after the news broke. "They said that either I could resign, or that I could dissolve my marriage."

Support has poured in for Fitzgerald from students and the community alike, while detractors have pointed to the employment contract she signed forbidding employees from entering into a same-sex union.

Fitzgerald and her wife have been together for 22 years, though they just married in 2014. They also have a 12-year-old daughter, who they adopted as an infant.

The Ellen Show airs weekdays at 3 p.m. on WTHR Channel 13.

A Care2 petition in support of Shelly Fitzgerald has almost reached its goal of 60,000 signatures.