After several employees came forward with stories about their experiences with the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the daytime talk show is the subject of an internal investigation.
Variety on Monday, July 27, confirmed that WarnerMedia would review the show amid multiple reports of problematic experiences on set. According to the publication, production leaders sent a memo to their employees stating that a third party and the WarnerMedia employee relations group would interview current and former employees as part of the investigation.
Earlier this month 10 former Ellen workers claimed in a report published by BuzzFeed News that they faced racism, fear and intimidation behind the scenes of the long-running series during the day. A current employee also spoke to the exhaust.
“Those are nice bulls – that only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for the show, ”one of the former employees told BuzzFeed News. “I know they give and help people, but it’s for the show.”
Another ex-employee claimed that host Ellen DeGeneres should be more involved in what is going on outside the camera. For the most part, those who came forward agreed that the alleged toxic environment was due to the executive producers and other senior staff, not DeGeneres himself.
“I think the executive producers surround her and say to her, ‘It’s going well, everyone is happy,’ and she just believes that, but it’s her responsibility to go further,” said the ex-employee.
Shortly after the allegations made headlines, executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner addressed the claims in a joint statement to BuzzFeed News.
“Over nearly two decades, 3,000 episodes and with more than 1,000 employees, we have strived to create an open, safe and inclusive work environment,” they wrote. “We are really heartbroken and sorry to hear that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience. It is not who we are and who we are pursuing, and not the mission Ellen has set for us. For the record, the daily responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us. We take all of this very seriously and, as many in the world learn, we realize that we need to do better, are committed to doing better and we will do better. ”
Weeks later, a source said Us weekly only the first one Ellen employees are happy that their stories are finally being told.
“They called each other and texted the story,” the source said. “They are thrilled that the truth – which has been an open secret in the industry for years – is finally gaining interest.”
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