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Ellen DeGeneres Breaks Silence On "Toxic" Workplace Allegations In Letter To Staff

Ellen DeGeneres Breaks Silence On "Toxic" Workplace Allegations In Letter To Staff.
July 31, 2020 - 10:15 / Anna Valenzuela Rosas

Ellen DeGeneres has been facing allegations of mistreatment of staff members and many experiencing a toxic work environment for months forcing Warner Bros. to step in. Now that WB is investigating she has finally responded.

Days after Warner Bros. launched their official investigation into The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen herself has finally made a statement to her staff. According to the letter she intends to make big changes to her show.

Ellen Finally Speaks On Toxic Work Place

The host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show has finally made a statement about the toxic workplace allegations in a letter to her staff. In the letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter Ellen said "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. Obviously, something has changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry."

Funny gal Ellen went on to say "I could not have the success I've had without all of your contributions. My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that. Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues. 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. That will now change and I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen again."

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi at Wimbledon 2016.

Ellen has faced countless accusations of her personal mistreatment of guests, security, and employees and has yet to address these. Buzzfeed News also published a report about many former and one current Ellen employee experiencing countless negative experiences like being punished for taking medical leave, racial microaggressions, and fear of further punishment when raising complaints. She has only addressed the allegations against her staff who allegedly "walk on eggshells" around her.

Ellen continued her staff letter saying "I'm also learning that people who work with me and for me are speaking on my behalf and misrepresenting who I am and 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 anyone of you felt that way is awful to me. It’s been way too long, but we’re finally having conversations about fairness and justice."

"We all have to be more mindful about the way our words and actions affect others, and I’m glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention. I promise to do my part in continuing to push myself and everyone around me to learn and grow. It’s important to me and to Warner Bros. that everyone who has something to say can speak up and feels safe doing so." Fans are hopeful that she means what she is saying and will take the steps to adjust her own behavior and ensure her show grows to be a comfortable place to work. 

Warner Bros. Statement On The Ellen DeGeneres Show

After the investigation put forward by Warner Bros., they posted a statement saying "Warner Bros. and Ellen DeGeneres take the recent allegations around the show’s workplace culture very seriously. We hoped to determine the validity and extent of publicly reported allegations and to understand the full breadth of the show’s day-to-day culture. As a result, WarnerMedia interviewed dozens of current and former employees about the environment at The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It was important to both Warner Bros. and Ellen that as many people as possible attached to the program could be heard. The Ellen DeGeneres Show is, and has always strived to be, a place that brings positivity to the world."

"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."

Apparently, they "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. Warner Bros. and Ellen DeGeneres are all committed to ensuring a workplace based on respect and inclusion. We are confident this course of action will lead us to the right way forward for the show.”

According to Variety, Executive Producer Ed Glavin will be stepping down from his role.