In case you missed it, in the season 18 premiere of her talk show, Ellen DeGeneres delivered a monologue about the "toxic work environment" allegations that came from those working behind the scenes of the series.

Several former and current employees said there was rampant misconduct, intimidation and harassment behind the scenes of 'The Ellen Show.' Ellen DeGeneres previously wrote a letter to her staff apologising for what had emerged.

In yesterday's monologue she said she was "so sorry to the people who were affected."

She added: "I take responsibility for what happens at my show."

You can watch it in full here:


A number of her current and former employees, however, felt the apology fell short.

Some commented that the number of jokes in the monologue was inappropriate.

They also didn't like that Ellen opened her speech by sarcastically noting how "great" her summer had been.

A former employee commented, via Buzzfeed: "When you’re talking about people who have accused her leadership of the seriousness of sexual misconduct, I don’t think it’s appropriate to have jokes in the monologue."

Another added: "Not only did Ellen turn my trauma, turn our traumas, into a joke. She somehow managed to make this about her."

Another said: "When she said, ‘Oh my summer was great’ and that was supposed to be funny I thought, ‘It’s funny that you had a rough summer because everyone was calling out all of the allegations of your toxic work environment and now you’re the one suffering?’"

Meanwhile a current employee told BuzzFeed they'd been given minimal communication from their superiors about the direction and vision for the new season, which Ellen DeGeneres bragged about in the monologue.

All of their duties were "put on hold" until DeGeneres delivered her speech.

The employee expressed relief at being able to get on with their work now that the premiere aired. But they also noted that “it’s all tactical.”

"It’s always tactical," the employee said. "The average person will listen to it and make their own choices.

"But what people don’t always take into account is that information is power. She’s sharing it now because it’s for premiere week and it’s to get viewers back. And that just feels the opposite of what this message is about."

One of the former employees expressed their unhappiness with Ellen talking about the 'Be Kind' lady.

They said: "There’s nothing wrong with being the ‘be kind lady’ if you’re actually true to your word."

Warner Bros. has not commented at this time.