Ellen DeGeneres has spoken on the allegations that suggested her show is one with a ‘toxic work environment.’ This news made rounds when many of her employees came forward for a BuzzFeed report and spoke against bullying, microaggressions, and racism they were subjected to on the set.
A statement has been issued on behalf of DeGeneres and the WB by the studio, confirming that personal interviews are being conducted with the current and former employees on their experiences while working with the host.
“Though not all of the allegations were corroborated, we are disappointed that the primary findings of the investigation indicated some deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management. We have identified several staffing changes, along with appropriate measures to address the issues that have been raised and are taking the first steps to implement them…”
Following the statement, many staff changes are in order. Apparently, the show’s executive producer, Ed Gavin, is amongst the first one in the team who decided to part ways.
In a letter to her employees, DeGeneres has apologized for the said allegations and stated that she told everyone her show “would be a place of happiness” and that “everyone would be treated with respect.”
DeGeneres expressed her disappointment over learning that things weren’t how they were supposed to. She took full responsibility for the situation and said, together with Warner Bros, she’ll work on correcting the issues.
Also addressing the current Covid19 situation, the host mentioned she would have done this in person if not for the current pandemic.
Ending, the letter she said, “I want everyone at home to love our show, and I want everyone who makes it to love working on it. Again, I’m so sorry to anyone who didn’t have that experience.”
One of the Black female former employees, who worked at the show for over a year and a half, alleged that she had to leave work after receiving extreme racist comments. She was called put as the “PC police” after she pointed out offensive terms like “spirit animal” that were used during some of the show segments.
Some other employees also came forward and said that the senior staff members of the show were least bothered about the mental health and well-being of their employees. While one alleged that they were fired after taking a few days to leave following a suicide attempt, another complained of getting fired after taking some time off work to attend two family funerals that happened to be in the same year.