Ellen DeGeneres reportedly ready to call it quits as staff slam apology

Lawrence Kim
August 1, 2020

Ellen DeGeneres is apologizing to her staff in the wake of allegations that her talk show fosters a toxic environment.

Some claimed they were fired for taking medical leave and bereavement days. The producers called us aside and said, 'This is how it's going to work here this morning.

Another report was released by BuzzFeed News.

Yesterday, Ellen herself was accused of turning a blind eye to "rampant" sexual misconduct among senior staff, several of whom were accused of "groping" employees and soliciting sex. Another claimed she saw Lenman groping a production assistant.

Other employees alleged inappropriate touching took place, with numerous allegations made against executive producer Ed Glavin.

The former employees seem to have different opinions on whether DeGeneres knew about this.

To those of us with long memories, it was faintly reminiscent of an issue that flared up early in Jay Leno's stint as host of "The Tonight Show" on NBC.

Even down under, this "toxic work environment" is well-known.

Despite the constant flurry of allegations against Ellen DeGeneres, her supporters continue to try to portray her as the victim in all of this. My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that.

Soon after numerous sources came out with claims about Ellen's "racist personality", and history of misconduct, an investigation has been launched against The Ellen DeGeneres Show by WarnerMedia. 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", she continued. Leno had always been (and still is) known as a fundamentally nice guy, but the "corrosive style" of his executive producer, Helen Kushnick, created a "reign of terror", according to Bill Carter's exhaustively reported 1994 book, "The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, & the Network Battle for the Night".

Breen stopped short of saying that DeGeneres was a bad person.

An Australian radio host is discussing his time with Ellen DeGeneres in 2013. However, he had no idea whether Ellen knew what was happening around her, "because I never got to talk to her". The actor tweeted this along with a Variety article about DeGeneres' apology. Ellen has remained tight-lipped about the accusations, but on Thursday (July 30), a letter she reportedly sent out to her staffers leaked online. 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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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