Claims of Toxic Show Environment and Elaine DeGeneres talked about it

Claims of Toxic Show Environment and Elaine DeGeneres talked about it

 

Claims of Toxic Show Environment and Elaine DeGeneres talked about it


Ellen DeGeneres and WarnerMedia are speaking out after an indoor investigation has been completed into allegations about the workplace environment at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

“On day one among our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be an area of happiness — nobody would ever raise their voice, and everybody would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and that I am disappointed to find out that this has not been the case,” the chat show host said during a letter sent to staff Thursday. “And for that, I’m sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the other of what I think and what I hoped for our show.”

“Warner Bros. and Ellen DeGeneres take the recent allegations round the show’s workplace culture very seriously,” a press release from WarnerMedia said on Thursday. “We hoped to work out the validity and extent of publicly reported allegations and to know the complete breadth of the show’s day-to-day culture.”


The investigation comes on the heels of a July 16 story by BuzzFeed during which one current employee and 10 former staffers claimed they endured a culture of racism, fear, and intimidation. They blamed senior managers on the show for allowing the behavior.

Late Thursday, Buzzfeed published a replacement article alleging incidents of harassment, sexual misconduct, and assault from top producers on the show.

Buzzfeed said they talked to 36 former employees, many of them independently corroborating incidents of abuse, consistent with the report.

NBC News reached bent DeGeneres and therefore the show’s executive producers for comment, but didn’t receive a response.

Thursday’s statement from WarnerMedia said the corporate interviewed dozens of current and former employees about the environment at the hit daytime chat show.

Claims of Toxic Show Environment and Elaine DeGeneres talked about it
“It was important to both Warner Bros. and Ellen that as many of us as possible attached to the program might be heard,” the statement said. “‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ is, and has always strived to be, an area that brings positivity to the planet .”

The allegations within the BuzzFeed report included former employees saying they were fired for taking a day off for medical leave or bereavement. In another case, a former Black employee said she was subjected to multiple “microaggressions” during her tenure, including once at a staff party.

“And though not all of the allegations were corroborated, we are disappointed that the first findings of the investigation indicated some deficiencies associated with the show’s day-to-day management,” the statement continued. “We have identified several staffing changes, alongside appropriate measures to deal with the problems that are raised, and are taking the primary steps to implement them.”


On Thursday, TODAY obtained the letter DeGeneres sent to the show’s staff:

Hey everybody — it’s Ellen. On day one among our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be an area of happiness — nobody would ever raise their voice, and everybody would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and that I am disappointed to find out that this has not been the case. And for that, I’m sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the other of what I think and what I hoped for our show.

I couldn’t have the success I’ve had without all of your contributions. My name is on the show and everything we do and that I take responsibility for that. Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an indoor investigation and that we are taking steps, together, to correct the problems. As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been ready to stay top of everything and relied on others to try to their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. which will now change and I’m committed to making sure this doesn’t happen again.

I’m also learning that folks who work with me and on behalf of me are speaking on my behalf and misrepresenting who I’m which has got to stop. As someone who was judged and nearly lost everything for just being who I’m, I actually understand and have deep compassion for those being checked out differently, or treated unfairly, not equal, or – worse – disregarded. To think that anybody of you felt that way is awful to me.

Claims of Toxic Show Environment and Elaine DeGeneres talked about it
It’s been way too long, but we’re finally having conversations about fairness and justice. We all need to be more mindful about the way our words and actions affect others, and I’m glad the problems at our show were delivered to my attention. I promise to try to my part in continuing to push myself and everybody around me to find out and grow. It’s important to me and to Warner Bros. that everybody who has something to mention can speak up and feels safe doing so.

I am so pleased with the work we do and therefore the fun and joy we all help put a call on the planet. I would like everyone reception to like our show and that I want everyone who makes it to like performing on it. Again, I’m so sorry to anyone who didn’t have that have. If not for COVID, I’d have done this face to face, and that I can’t wait to be back on our stage and see you all then.

Stay safe and healthy.

Love,

Ellen