Twitter, Employees React to Ellen DeGeneres' Apology Over Toxic Workplace Allegations

Tuesday September 22, 2020

Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres  (Source:AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Ellen DeGeneres returned for the new season of her daytime talkshow Monday morning amid her toxic workplace controversy, apologizing for the alleged behavior and said its time to start "a new chapter." Despite that, former and current "Ellen Show" employees took issue with her remarks — as did most of Twitter.

"How was everybody's summer? Good, yeah? Mine was great. Super terrific...Let me give you some advice out there if anybody's thinking of changing their title or giving yourself a nickname, do not go with the 'be kind' lady. Don't do it," DeGeneres said in her 7-minute opening monologue.

But former and current employees of DeGeneres had their own reactions to her comments.

A former "Ellen Show" worker told BuzzFeed, however, that the host's comments didn't sit well with them.

"Not only did Ellen turn my trauma, turn our traumas, into a joke, she somehow managed to make this about her," they said.

"When she said, 'Oh, my summer was great' and that was supposed to be funny I thought, 'It's funny that you had a rough summer because everyone was calling out all of the allegations of your toxic work environment and now you're the one suffering?'" another former employee told BuzzFeed.

A current employee also spoke to the website about DeGeneres, saying they have been "frustrated with minimal communication from their superiors about the direction and vision for the new season, and that all of their duties were 'put on hold' until DeGeneres delivered her monologue. The employee said they're relieved to be able to move forward with work now that the premiere aired, but that 'it's all tactical,'" BuzzFeed writes.

"It's always tactical," they went on to say. "The average person will listen to it and make their own choices, but what people don't always take into account is that information is power, and she's sharing it now because it's for premiere week and it's to get viewers back, and that just feels the opposite of what this message is about."

Another current employee said they were shocked to actually hear DeGeneres talk about the alleged toxic workplace behavior after living with it in secret for so long.

"It's kind of amazing that this is being discussed on her show. To actually go from an environment where nothing is said and everyone keeps their head down to now when it's the topic of her first show back is pretty amazing," the employee told BuzzFeed. "Whether or not I believe in this message that she is saying is another issue."

BuzzFeed has other accounts of former employee's reactions. Click here to read the full piece.

On top of that, Twitter was no kinder. Find some of the best reactions to Ellen's new comments below.






















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