Ready for the end? Staff members who continue to work The Ellen DeGeneres Show believe that the long-running series could end during the day when allegations of sexual misconduct surface.
“Employees are texting and calling each other in panic because they are afraid Ellen [[[[DeGeneres]will stop or the show will be canceled, “an insider tells exclusively Us weekly. “The show is closing. It will be very difficult to reverse this. ‘
A new report was released on Thursday 30 July BuzzFeed News contains allegations of dozens of former Ellen employees who alleged sexual misconduct often occurred behind the scenes. The best executive producers of the show Kevin Leman, Ed Glavin and Jonathan Norman were all accused of continuing the behavior.
Leman is said to have made sexual advances towards executives lower on the totem pole, Glavin was accused of improperly touching female staffers, and a former male employee alleged that Norman was trying to groom him in hopes of engaging in oral sex with him.
Both Leman and Norman denied any wrongdoing. Glavin has not yet discussed the claims publicly, but is reportedly preparing to step down from his protracted role in the daytime series, according to Variety.
Prior to claims of sexual misconduct, BuzzFeed News published another exposé accusing 10 former employees who described the toxic work culture offscreen on DeGeneres’ show. The ex-staffers claimed to have experienced racism, fear and intimidation while working on the production.
In the wake of the report’s publication, Warner Bros. their plans to initiate an internal investigation to further investigate the allegations. DeGeneres, 62, also wrote an apologetic letter to her employees.
“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 in a note obtained by U.S on Thursday, July 30. “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. ”
DeGeneres admitted that she was ‘unable to stay on top of everything’ as her show grew in popularity. She then also claimed that she had “trusted others to do their work as they knew I would do them,” noting that “some clearly did not.”
The Find Dory star said she “learns that people who work with me and speak for me on my behalf misrepresent who i am and should stop that” and added “if someone who was judged and lost almost everything because he just was who i am, i really understand and have deep compassion for those who are viewed differently, or treated unfairly, are not equal or – even worse – ignored Thinking that any of you felt this way i hate. ‘
The Ellen DeGeneres Show premiered in 2003.
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