'The Ellen Show' has been cast under the spotlight for all of the wrong reasons in recent weeks. Now, the host of the chat show has broken her silence on the matter.
Over the past number of weeks, Ellen DeGeneres workplace allegations have been thrown around. The TV show with the tagline "Be Kind" has been accused of being a "toxic" environment to work in, with many anonymous former employees of the NBC show claiming that they had experienced moments of racism, intimidation, and unjust termination while working there. The allegations don't mention the host as being the culprit of these vicious happenings, but say that she needs to be more aware of how her producers are treating people.
The star and host of the show previously remained silent on the matter, but she has now come forward to apologise to staff who were treated inappropriately. In the letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, DeGeneres wrote an apology to her staff for the way that some of them have been treated by producers. She alludes to her own self-journey, of when she came out as a lesbian in the '90s, to commit to making sure that this never happens in the background of her TV series.
THR has also received word that one of the show's producers, executive producer Ed Glavin, will be the first person to be fired for his actions. It is believed that Galvin's name was attached to the more appalling claims made. Others are also expected to be let go in the aftermath.
The original story was published by Buzzfeed a couple of weeks ago, with a former employee stating: "If [Ellen] 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."
Here's the full letter that Degeneres wrote to her staff of 'The Ellen Show':
Hey everybody — it's Ellen. 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 changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And 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.
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.
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 any one 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.
I am so proud of the work we do and the fun and joy we all help put out in the world. I want everyone at home to love our show and I want everyone who makes it to love working on it. 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.
Stay safe and healthy.