The Ellen DeGeneres Show Under Investigation for 'Toxic' Workplace Culture
Ellen DeGeneres Show Under Investigation for 'Toxic' Workplace Culture
Looks like the longtime talk series is in some hot water...
After months of reports of a toxic work environment, NBC's hit talk series The Ellen Degeneres Show is facing an official inquiry.
It's been a long-time rumor that the 62-year-old television pioneer isn't necessarily the nicest person off-camera, but a BuzzFeed Newsexposé released last month detailed that problems on DeGeneres' show were much deeper, detailing a workplace culture of fear, racism, and intimidation. We even heard separate complaints from a former bodyguard who described DeGeneres as "demeaning."
Executive producers Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, and Mary Connelly responded to the allegations in a statement to BuzzFeed.
"We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience. It’s not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us," the statement reads. "For the record, the day-to-day responsibility of the Ellen Show is completely on us. We take all of this very seriously and we realize, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better."
Following that report, rumors swirled about The Ellen DeGeneres Show's seemingly imminent cancellation, but the show's production company Telepictures dismissed them.
Now, as of yesterday, the daytime talk show "has become the subject of an internal investigation by WarnerMedia following numerous accounts of workplace problems on the long-running daytime series," Variety reports.
Warner Bros and Telepictures executives have hired a third party firm to "interview current and former staffers about their experiences on set."
Neither DeGeneres nor the production have released an official statement.