“She’s angry that people have come forward to share these negative stories about her and feels betrayed,” the source continues, noting that the comedian, 62, feels “a target” for her success.
“She knows she can be tough at times,” says the insider, “but believes that she works hard and is extremely creative and that it is a privilege to work for and be around her.”
Last month 10 former employees to BuzzFeed News that they faced fear, intimidation and racism while working on the Emmy-winning talk show. Some noted that while the unpardonable behavior was due to producers and executives, they felt that DeGeneres should have intervened.
On July 30, the Find Dory star apologized to her staff in a letter from Us weekly.
“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 at the time. “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. ”
Hours later, a second report appeared BuzzFeed News in which 36 former employees, who wanted to remain anonymous, alleged sexual misconduct.
Allegations have been made against lead writer and executive producer Kevin Leman, executive producer Ed Glavin and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman. Leman and Norman, 42, have denied the allegations. Glavin has not disclosed the allegations publicly; Variety reported that he plans to step down soon.
“For someone so involved with the show and the creative aspect, and having been in those encounters with her, I find it very difficult to wrap my head about the fact that she doesn’t hear the same whisper,” said a former employee BuzzFeed. “Unless she’s really alone in this bubble.”
Another said, “She knows it’s going to continue, but she doesn’t want to hear it.”
Andy Lassner, a longtime executive producer of the show, closed rumors of cancellation on Thursday, July 30, and replied to a concerned fan with, “Nobody is going out of the blue.”
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