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Ellen DeGeneres speaks out for the first time after claims of toxic workplaces

Make up. Ellen DeGeneres apologized to its staff after WarnerMedia initiated an internal investigation into it The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month after accusations of a toxic work environment.

“On the first day of our show, I told everyone at our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voices and everyone would be treated with respect,” said the talk show host, 62 , wrote in a letter to her staff on Thursday, July 30, obtained by Us weekly. “Clearly something has changed and I am disappointed that it has not been. And I’m sorry for that. Anyone who knows me knows this is the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show. ”

Ellen DeGeneres. Ken McKay / ITV / Shutterstock

DeGeneres added that as the daytime talk show grew, she was “ unable to keep up to date ” and “ relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I wanted them to do. Some have not done that. ‘

She continued, “I also learn that people who work with me and speak for me on my behalf misrepresent who I am and that it should stop. As someone who was judged and lost almost everything because he was just who I am, I truly understand and sympathize with those who are viewed differently, treated unfairly, are not equal, or – even worse – ignored. I hate to think that any of you felt this way. ‘

The Ellen’s Game of Games host said she is “committed to making sure this doesn’t happen again” and promised to “correct the issues” in the future.

“It’s been way too long, but we are finally having conversations about fairness and justice,” she wrote. “We all need to think more about how our words and actions affect others, and I’m glad the issues were brought to my attention during our show. I promise to do my bit to keep pushing myself and everyone around me to learn and grow. Me and Warner Bros. consider it important that everyone who has something to say can speak out and feel safe about it. ‘

Earlier this month, BuzzFeed News reported that 10 former Ellen workers claimed they faced racism, fear and intimidation behind the scenes of the winning Daytime Emmy series.

“Those are nice bulls – that only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for the show, ”one of the former staff members told the outlet. “I know they give and help people, but it’s for the show.”

Another ex-executive said the toxic environment was due to the behavior of the executive producers and other senior staff, not DeGeneres himself. However, the former employee felt the Ellen alum should be “more involved” in the show off-camera.

Ellen DeGeneres speaks out on workplace allegations for the first time
Ellen DeGeneres during an episode of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’. Michael Rozman / Warner Bros.

“I think the executive producers surround her and say to her, ‘It is going well, everyone is happy’, and she just believes that, but it is her responsibility to continue,” said the former employee.

Variety on Monday, July 27, reported that WarnerMedia and a third party are interviewing current and former staffers as part of an internal investigation into the show.

Us weekly has asked for comment.

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