None of the allegations were directed at DeGeneres herself. “If she wants to have her own show and have her name on the show title, she needs to be more involved to see what’s going on,” one of the employees said in the BuzzFeed report. “I think the executive producers surround her and tell her, ‘Things are going great, everybody’s happy,’ and she just believes that, but it’s her responsibility to go beyond that.
A report published on August 2 by Us Weekly alleges DeGeneres feels “pissed that people have come forward to share these negative stories about her and feels betrayed,” according to a source. “She knows she can be tough at times,” the insider claims, “but believes she works hard and is extremely creative and that it’s a privilege to work for her and be around her. ” Per this source, DeGeneres apparently feels like a “target” because of her success.
According to an April 16 Variety story, members of the crew reported that they “received no written communication about the status of their working hours, pay, or inquiries about their mental and physical health from producers for over a month. ” They were reportedly also upset that DeGeneres had hired nonunion crew members to help film the show from her home.
But new claims about the reportedly toxic workplace culture at The Ellen DeGeneres Show have led to an internal investigation by WarnerMedia, according to Variety.
In mid-July, BuzzFeed News published a report that included stories from current and former Ellen employees who said they were mistreated during their tenure at the show. (They all asked to remain anonymous. “That ‘be kind’ bullshit only happens when the cameras are on.
In my whole time on the show, to my knowledge, I’ve never had a single H. R. or interpersonal complaint made about me, and I am devastated beyond belief that this kind of malicious and misleading article could be published. Warner Bros. declined to comment on these specific new allegations, “citing an ongoing investigation.
It’s all for show,” a former employee told BuzzFeed. “I know they give money to people and help them out, but it’s for show. ” One Black woman said she was subjected to microaggressions and racist comments, including remarks about her box braids.
Leman released a statement after the story was published. “I started at the Ellen Show as a P. A. more than 17 years ago and have devoted my career to work my way to the position I now hold.
The studio told Variety at the time that the crew had been paid consistently but at reduced hours. “Our executive producers and Telepictures are committed to taking care of our staff and crew and have made decisions first and foremost with them in mind,” a spokesperson for Warner Bros.
Television declined to comment for Variety’s story and another rep for The Ellen DeGeneres Show did not respond to a similar request.
On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness—no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect.
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,” the statement continued. “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.
You know, like Ellen Degeneres always talks about! ” he tweeted. “She’s also notoriously one of the meanest people alive Respond to this with the most insane stories you’ve heard about Ellen being mean & I’ll match every one w/ $2 to @LAFoodBank.
Like a lot of television production in the U. S. , The Ellen DeGeneres Show had to shift the way it was filmed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A BuzzFeed News report published on July 30 included claims from a number of employees about head writer and executive producer Kevin Leman’s behavior. (The outlet said they spoke to 36 people.
He allegedly frequently made sexual comments in the office like, “Are you a top or a bottom? “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 told BuzzFeed News.
According to People, a day after the internal investigation was announced, the talk-show host sent a memo to her staff. (People says it obtained a copy of said memo. “Hey everybody–it’s Ellen.
She made her stance CRYSTAL clear. https://t.co/Ui7l8QHX1Q— Glamour (@glamourmag) August 3, 2020