Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show has sacked three senior producers following claims of behind-the-scenes misconduct and a “toxic” workplace culture.
Warner Bros began an internal investigation into the show after complaints of bullying, racism and sexual misconduct on set.
Executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman were all dumped from the talk show after accusations from current and former staff members, Variety reported.
An “emotional” and “apologetic” Ellen spoke to 200 employees in a Zoom call, according to Variety. Ellen described hearing the allegations as “heartbreaking”.
The host admitted she was “not perfect” and said top producers had acted insensitively to staff and instead focused on the show as a “well-oiled machine”.
“It’s not a machine. This is people,” she said.
“These are human beings that are working hard every single day to put this together. This show would not be what it is without all of you.”
Ellen went on to say she was “so sorry for what this has become” and apologised to staff who felt “disregarded”.
She said claims employees couldn’t look her in the eye on set were “crazy” and “not true” though she is an “introvert”.
A Warner Bros spokesperson said Glavin, Leman and Norman had “parted ways” with the show.
All three denied allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against them.
Ellen DeGeneres ‘needs to be more involved’ in talk show
Buzzfeed earlier reported complaints from employees saying they experienced a culture of “racism, fear and intimidation” while working on the show.
“That ‘be kind’ bulls**t only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show,” one former staffer said.
“I know they give money to people and help them out, but it’s for show.”
In a letter late last month, Ellen DeGeneres apologised and said as the face of the show, she took “full responsibility”.
She added she had “not been able to stay on top of everything” as the program grew. Instead she “relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done.”
“Clearly some didn’t,” she said.
“That will now change. I’m committed to ensuring that doesn’t happen again.”
Buzzfeed reported a divide in opinion among former employees as to whether Ellen knew what was going on.
One told the outlet she “knows but doesn’t want to hear it”. Others claimed bosses “insulate her” from behind-the-scenes behaviour.
Another told Buzzfeed Ellen’s name is on the show and she “needs to be more involved”.
“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,” they said.
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