Ellen DeGeneres Breaks Silence on Workplace Complaints in Letter to Her Staff

“Ellen DeGeneres Show” Deals With More Harmful Workplace Accusations

Ellen DeGeneres has actually resolved her show’s staff after reports emerged of several workplace complaints. 

In a letter gotten by E! News, the syndicated talk show host described that she was dissatisfied to discover of the allegations made against members of her staff. “On day one of our show, I informed everybody in our first conference that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of joy—– no one would ever raise their voice, and everybody would be dealt with with regard. Undoubtedly, something altered, and I am dissatisfied to discover that this has actually not held true,” DeGeneres composed.

She continued, “For that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show.”

DeGeneres then acknowledged that her “success,” that includes 30 Emmy awards, 20 People’s Option Awards and more, would not have actually been possible “without all of your contributions.” She stated, “My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that.”

For this reason, she mentioned that she and Warner Bros. are collaborating to identify the next steps to “correct the issues” they found through an internal examination. 

“As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t,” she shared. “That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.”

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It was formerly declared that the show’s executive manufacturers, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner, were the people implicated of workplace misbehavior, and not DeGeneres herself. They stated in their own declaration at the time, “For the record, the day to day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us.”

This assertion was relatively validated by DeGeneres, who composed in her letter that “people who work with me and for me are speaking on my behalf and misrepresenting who I am.” She added, “That has to stop.”

“As someone who was judged and nearly lost everything for just being who I am, I truly understand and have deep compassion for those being looked at differently, or treated unfairly, not equal, or—worse—disregarded. To think that any one of you felt that way is awful to me,” she concluded her letter, including that she’s grateful people felt “safe” enough to come forward with their experiences. “Again, I’m so sorry to anyone who didn’t have that experience. If not for COVID, I’d have done this in person, and I can’t wait to be back on our stage and see you all then.”

Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

In a declaration to E! News, Warner Bros. verified their dedication to resolving the allegations of workplace misbehavior, which were identified through interviews performed with current and former employee. “It was very important to both Warner Bros. and Ellen that as lots of people as possible connected to the program might be heard. The Ellen DeGeneres Show is, and has actually constantly aimed to be, a place that brings positivity to the world,” the declaration read in part. “And though 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. We have identified several staffing changes, along with appropriate measures to address the issues that have been raised, and are taking the first steps to implement them.”

They concluded, “We are confident this course of action will lead us to the right way forward for the show.”

BuzzFeed News formerly released accounts from current and former employee who declared they were subjected to a “toxic work environment” on the set. 

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