'Ellen DeGeneres Show' To Face Internal Investigation After Toxic Workplace Complaints

'Ellen DeGeneres Show' To Face Internal Investigation After Toxic Workplace Complaints

DeGeneres has not made any comments about the probe and the show is on its usual summer break.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is currently under investigation by WarnerMedia following a series of allegations of racism, workplace intimidation, and mistreatment by employees reported Variety. A source close to the production confirmed to NBC News that Warner Media has launched a probe into the award-winning show. After numerous complaints, the executives and the distributor Warner Bros. Television had sent a memo to staffers last week saying that they have spoken to WBTV-owner WarnerMedia’s employee relations group and a third party firm and conduct interviews with present and former employees about their personal experiences on set. 



Earlier this month, BuzzFeed News published a number of allegations regarding workplace misconduct made by 11 unnamed current and former employees. The complaints included the likes of unjust firing after taking medical or bereavement leave. Another anonymous Black employee confirmed that they have faced racist remarks levied at her by senior staff, while another staff has confirmed being directed not to speak directly to DeGeneres.



Krystie Lee Yandoli who wrote the report on the Buzzfeed News piece said, "The biggest common thread that everyone told me is that what goes on behind the scenes is a far cry from what the show represents in their 'be kind' messaging and what the show and what Ellen DeGeneres herself profits off of." 



A Warner Bros. Television spokesperson declined to comment on the matter and a representative for The Ellen DeGeneres Show also did not respond. The alleged behavior is in stark contrast with the "be kind" ethos that DeGeneres presents on air. Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner gave a joint statement to Buzzfeed News. They said, "Over the course of nearly two decades, 3,000 episodes, and employing over 1,000 staff members, we have strived to create an open, safe, and inclusive work environment. We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience."



They continued, "It’s not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us. 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.” Back in April, Variety published a report about the outrage caused among DeGeneres’ production crew who were told about pay cuts during the Coronavirus shutdown. The show even reportedly hired non-union crews to mount a quarantined production from DeGeneres' home in L.A. 



While some sources said DeGeneres is not the focus of the investigation, but a number of her ex-staffs said that she should also be facing the scrutiny. DeGeneres has not made any public comments about the probe and the show is on its usual summer break.

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