Comed in March Kevin T. Porter started a Twitter thread asking for stories “about Ellen who was mean” and received thousands of replies. The next month, Variety posted a story claiming that the talk show staff, who debuted in 2003, were unaware of their salary during the pandemic. In addition, a former bodyguard called her “cold.”
As the reports progressed, a resource was shared exclusively with Us weekly that the comedian is “at the end of her rope” with the complaints. “She thought these were all sour grapes from a few haters. But it doesn’t pass – the hits just keep on coming. ‘
After the first report, in which former employees came forward BuzzFeed News claiming that the show was a “toxic environment,” executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner commented in a joint statement.
“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. We are really heartbroken and sorry to hear that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience, ”said the statement BuzzFeed News read. “It’s not who we are and who we’re pursuing, and it’s 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. ”
Shortly after, WarnerMedia started an investigation into the show. Although the actress remained mum in public, she sent a lengthy memo to her staff apologizing for any behavior she was unaware of.
“On the first day of our show, I told everyone during our first meeting The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice and everyone would be treated with respect, ”she wrote on July 30 in a note obtained by U.S. “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. ”
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