Ellen DeGeneres addressed allegations of the toxic workplace which happened behind the scenes of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show‘, in the opening monologue of its first episode.
The talk show host apologizes to the people that were affected in the seven-minute-long opener. She said she takes full responsibility for what happens on her show. Ellen started off saying this summer there were allegations of a toxic workplace on her show. She revealed there was an investigation and she learned that things happened that never should have happened.
The host said, “I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected. I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”
Ellen had not addressed the issue until now, however, there were reports on her promising to address the issue on the show itself. In mid-July, allegations of racist behavior on the show were reported by BuzzFeed News; as former and current employees came forward.
In April, it was reported that there was outrage among the show’s crew members regarding pay reduction, lack of communication, and poor treatment by producers. This claimed to have happened especially during the pandemic which shut down production. However, a non-union tech company was hired to tape the show remotely from DeGeneres’ California home.
An investigation was launched by WarnerMedia which led to the removal of top producers on the show. Ellen said they have made the necessary changes in the monologue and promised a new chapter of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
“We Are Starting A New Chapter”
She said they have had a lot of conversation about the show and the workplace in the last few weeks and what they want in the future. The talk show host said, “We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter”. She led her virtual audience in a round of applause.
Ellen had previously addressed the allegations of a toxic environment in a video conference call with her staff. She described the allegations as ‘heartbreaking’ and promised she would be talking to the fans of the show.
The new season of The Ellen DeGeneres Show premiered on September 21. Ellen’s comment comes after the new perks that were accommodated on the show. There were also changes made in the crew as three of the producers were let go. Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss was promoted as an executive producer.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show has gone through changes to improve morale. According to ET, the talk show has implemented new perks for the staff as they return to production this week.
One of the many perks is increased paid time off and liberal medical leave policy. The staff will be receiving payment for five days off to use at their discretion, birthdays off. They will also be receiving paid off days for doctor appointments and family matters.
An insider also revealed that morale has improved because of the new benefits, as Ellen addressed the staff recently. Along with this, Ellen’s primetime spin-off, Ellen’s Game of Games is in production. They are busy with rehearsals and are scheduled to shoot next week with COVID-19 safety protocols in place.
Ellen Fires Producers, Promotes tWitch
A spokesperson had confirmed that the former executive producers; Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman have left the show. Longtime DJ, Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss has been given a promotion of co-executive producer after six years on the show. The changes come soon after the allegations raised by current and former employees about the show.
In her monologue, Ellen also addressed the articles which alleged that she is not the person she appears to be on TV. The articles had also accused her of not being the ‘be kind’ person that she always preaches out to be. She said to be known as the ‘be-kind’ person is a tricky position to be in.
The talk show host explained, “Here’s how that happened: I started saying, ‘Be kind to one another’ after a young man named Tyler Clementi took his own life after being bullied for being gay. I thought the world needed more kindness and it was a reminder that we all needed that; and I think we need it more than ever right now.”
Ellen ends in her monologue in a hearty laugh as she advises her audience to never chose to be the ‘be kind’ person. She said she was an actress before where she successfully convinced people that she is a straight person. The host said she is a pretty good actress, but she said she is not that great to be pretending to be a certain way for 17 years.
DeGeneres Apologizes To Her Staff
Ellen says she is the person that she is seen on TV. According to ET, the show’s staff are working remotely at the time, while only some are required to be on the sets. More staff members will eventually be on set while keeping in mind the COVID safety protocols. The production resumed when the show neared its broadcasting date.
Ellen previously apologized as the show was going into production. She poured her heart out to the 200 employees in a video chat. A source revealed that the host got emotional taking a lot more accountability than she had in the past. She also noted that she “trusted the wrong people.”
Variety’s Matt Donelly also revealed that the talk show host seemed quite disturbed by accounts that you can’t look her in the eye. He said, “All this to say, the end of that section of her speech, she did say, please look at her. Please talk to her and engage.”
Along with the perks and the firing of three executive producers, there will be a human resources employee appointed; where the staff can go and report their grievances.
Amid all the allegations about The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the host, many famous celebrities have come in support of Ellen. She issued an apology to her staff amid the claims of sexual misconduct behind the scenes. She acknowledged the claims against the show and herself.