After Report About Toxic Workplace, 'Ellen' Show is Under Internal Investigation

Tuesday July 28, 2020

Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres  (Source:Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)

"The Ellen DeGeneres" show is being internally investigated by its distributor WarnerMedia after "numerous accounts of workplace problems," according to a report from Variety.

"Executives from show producer Telepictures and distributor Warner Bros. Television sent a memo to staffers last week saying they have engaged WBTV-owner WarnerMedia's employee relations group and a third party firm, who will interview current and former staffers about their experiences on set, said sources," Variety writes. "The name of the third party consultant was not immediately clear. Both companies underscored their commitment to providing an environment where employees can flourish, said one of the individuals familiar with the document."

Click here to read Variety's full report.

Then news comes not long after several former employees of "Ellen" spoke out against the long-running talkshow's workplace environment. Last week, BuzzFeed published a scathing report that featured 10 former employees and one current employee who all talked about the issues working on the show.

"Ellen" executive producers Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, and Mary Connell addressed the allegations in a joint statement to BuzzFeed.

"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," they said. "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."

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