Back in action. The Ellen DeGeneres Show is planning to move forward in the wake of allegations of former employees against several of its executive producers, senior staff and the talk show itself.
The producers met with the staff on Monday, August 3, a week after WarnerMedia announced its internal discussion of the daytime talk show. A source tells Us weekly only that they “addressed” the media messages during the meeting and that they want their team to “have fun at work”. Executive producers were among those present Andy Lassner, Mary Connelly and Derek Westervelt.
“They said a lot [the claims are] true and much of it is not true, “the source adds. “They said we’ll take care of everything [and] things will be very different now. … A show that brings so much happiness and fun, it should be a happy show to work on. ”
As the meeting progressed, a handful of workers expressed “some concern”, while some producers “were called up about things that had happened in the past.” Despite rumors, the team assured their crew that “the show will continue”.
“The producers eventually said that you all have jobs here and you will all be paid, anyway,” the source said. “They said Ellen [DeGeneres] does not give up and the show continues. … That woman brings so much joy to people that it would break many hearts not to do this show again. It was a pep talk and some of the staff felt better. ‘
The call comes weeks after BuzzFeed News posted an exposé of 11 current and former employees who claimed to have experienced racism, fear and harassment behind the scenes of the Emmy-awarded series – and that the 62-year-old host had ended it have to make.
The comedian, 62, later broke her silence on the charges on July 30 in a long apology to her staff.
“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, ”wrote DeGeneres in a letter obtained by U.S. “Clearly something has changed and I am disappointed that it has not been. And I’m sorry for that. ‘
The Ellen’s Game of Games The hostess vowed that she was “committed to ensuring that this does not happen again” and promised to “correct the issues” that led to several of her staff speaking out. “We should all be more mindful of how our words and actions affect others, and I’m glad the issues were brought to my attention during our show,” she concluded.
Shortly after DeGeneres made her statement, 36 former employees alleged sexual misconduct by high-profile talk show producers. Kevin Leman, Ed Glavin and Jonathan Norman were all mentioned in one BuzzFeed News report the alleged incidents. Both Leman and Norman have denied the charges. Glavin has not yet addressed the allegations, but will reportedly step down from his role as executive producer.
Before the series returned to filming, an insider said U.S that DeGeneres would be fine if she decided to leave the show during the day – and that she “never feared firing someone bad.”
“Ellen has enough money to never work again. She would be happy to leave the show, “the source said, noting that the TV icon is” more than financially safe “at this point in her career. “She has enough money to live a great life.”
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