The Ellen DeGeneres Show is Under Investigation for “Toxic Work Environment”

The Ellen DeGeneres show is in hot water with parent company WarnerMedia, who is investigating after allegations of workplace violations have been made widely public.  

Former staffers reported that DeGeneres’ popular daytime show was a breeding ground for toxic behavior including racism and intimidation tactics against employees. Some reported that they were told by managers never speak to the show’s namesake herself.     

WarnerMedia and show producer Telepictures sent a memo out to show staff last week, informing them that Warner’s employee relations group and an unaffiliated firm would be conducting an investigation into the on-set conduct. Both current and former employees will be interviewed about their experiences working on the show. 

Warner Bros. Television and The Ellen DeGeneres Show have not commented on the investigation. However, executive producers Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, and Mary Connelly released a joint statement following the initial Buzzfeed report on work conditions. 

“We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience. It’s not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us,” The group said, absolving DeGeneres of accountability. “For the record, the day to day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us. We take all of this very seriously and we realize, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better.”

The series mission to “be kind to one another,” seems to be just for the cameras, as Variety reported the staff was told to expect pay cuts during the Covid-19 production halt in April. When filming resumed from DeGeneres’ home, the Ellen staff was shocked to learn that they had been replaced by non union film crews. 

DeGeneres has not commented on the controversy

 

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Anonymous
Anonymous
5 days ago

I never did like that show and now even less
Good riddance to poor television programming

Mountain Dogs
Mountain Dogs
5 days ago

She never should have sat with Bush at the Super Bowl.

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 days ago

Just another “No body “ that has gained fame and then allowed it to make them become a power hungry moron. I have never watched that show, I had heard that she was rude and over bearing. Evidently she has never heard the old saying to be kind to the people while you are on the way up, because you will see the same people on your way down !

Camus
Camus
5 days ago

Is he/she/it,a Dinkus, or a Dinka, or a Dinkem ( Latin ending for masculine, feminine, and neutral). It’s easier in English: carpet munching no talent azhat who actually thought itself important.

Louie Rey
Louie Rey
5 days ago

At least 25 years or so ago my wife and I ran into Degeneres at the bar in a restaurant on Park Avenue one Christmas Eve. The bar was crowded and she was talking to a woman whose back was to me as I ordered drinks. The woman turned around and it was Anne Heche who Ellen was dating at the time. Heche was beautiful and she had perfect skin and she was very nice it seemed. Ellen, on the other hand, was in a black t-shirt type top with black pants (maybe jeans) and she had on big cumbersome boots. It was obvious that she was the “man” in the relationship so it’s not very surprising that behind the scenes she fails to put on the persona that she presents to the outside world. I think she should take her own advice and be nice to EVERYONE in her life.

Michael Landy
Michael Landy
4 days ago

Liberal mantra do as we say not as we do.
Her time expired a long time ago.

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