The Ellen DeGeneres Show is currently under an internal investigation conducted by WarnerMedia after becoming aware of multiple accounts of a toxic work culture.
The investigation comes after numerous critical reports citing unfavorable working conditions on the beloved daytime show. In April, Variety published an article explaining legacy crew members’ dissatisfaction during the initial coronavirus lockdown. The crew was subject to poor communication and were told that they would experience pay cuts while the series hired nonunion crews to create a ‘quarantine’ show from Ellen’s Los Angeles home.
BuzzFeed recently published a story that accused Ellen employees of condoning various instances of racist behavior. The alleged racist acts consisted of microaggressions and jokes about mistaking two Black female employees for each other, who happened to have similar hairstyles.. Executive producer Ed Galvin also came under fire for statements he allegedly made to another staff member.
Galvin and two other executive producers, Andy Lassner and Mary Connelly, put out a brief statement after learning about the BuzzFeed report. They 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.”
The group continued, “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 realize, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better.”
More to follow as we learn more about what the investigation finds.
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