Ellen finally addresses critics of show's toxic set as staffing changes loom

  • Ellen finally addresses critics of show's toxic set as staffing changes loom

Ellen finally addresses critics of show's toxic set as staffing changes loom

After several current and former employees for DeGeneres came forward with allegations of a toxic work environment perpetuated by top producers on the daytime talk show, WarnerMeda launched an internal investigation into the workplace culture at "The Ellen DeGeneres Show".

"For the record, the day to day responsibility of The Ellen Show is completely on us".

"He'd probably do it in front of 10 people, and they'd laugh because 'it's just Kevin being Kevin, ' but if you're in a position of power at a company, you don't just get to touch me like that", a former employee said. This producer went on to deny the claims made in BuzzFeed's article. "You don't talk to her, you don't approach her, you don't look at her","' Breen said.

"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" is the subject of an internal investigation by WarnerMedia.

Warner Bros Television said in a statement that although "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".

DeGeneres, 62, has now addressed the situation in a letter to her crew, which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

The talk show queen said that, had it not been for coronavirus, she would have "done this in person", and said she was "so sorry" to anyone who had not loved working on the show. "Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case." she wrote in the letter. Leno had always been (and still is) known as a fundamentally nice guy, but the "corrosive style" of his executive producer, Helen Kushnick, created a "reign of terror", according to Bill Carter's exhaustively reported 1994 book, "The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, & the Network Battle for the Night". While that may help on-set behavior, can it fix everything that's been damaged?

Unfortunately, what's going to decide The Ellen DeGeneres Show's fate isn't moral or controversy, but profit.

DeGeneres acknowledged the irony of the allegations as she herself had called the show "a place of happiness".

"The whole thing got watered down to, Ellen DeGeneres would do a sit-down interview, right?"

In comparison, an ad during Dr. Oz's show only costs $35,000. No wonder The Ellen DeGeneres Show generates $35 million a year in profit. If Ellen's audience doesn't dump her when she comes back, it's worth keeping the show on air even with the controversy. This entire scandal is a network's worst PR nightmare come to life, and since it's a syndicated show, who's to say individual networks won't drop the show?

The message ended with, "Stay safe and healthy" and "Love, Ellen".