Ellen DeGeneres & ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Under Investigation Over ‘Toxic Work Environment’ Claims
Ellen DeGeneres will now be formally investigated after The Ellen DeGeneres Show became subject of an internal investigation.
WarnerMedia is now taking a stance on claims that show executives, including DeGeneres, allegedly make working on The Ellen DeGeneres Show difficult, with some reports citing racism and intimidation.
Staffers will now be interviewed by WarnerMedia and a third-party firm to establish the workplace environment – a memo was sent from Telepictures and Warner Bros. Television giving those under the WarnerMedia umbrella time to prepare for the upcoming interview; both current and former staffers will be questioned about their experiences on set.
According to various reports and former staffers going public, producers of the show have allegedly engaged in racism and made the working environment intimidating. In response to racism allegations, in a joint statement, executive producers Andy Lassner and Mary Connelly said, “We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience. 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. We take all of this very seriously and we realise, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better.”
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