'Everybody Loves Raymond' Star Calls Out Ellen After Apology

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday July 31, 2020

Earlier in the year, stories began to emerge about the toxic working environment on Ellen DeGeneres' daytime talk show. The celebrity, whose on-air talking point and show closing slogan "be kind to one another," was allegedly surprised, with a source claiming Ellen "thought this was all just sour grapes from a few haters."

After months of no response from Ellen — with mounting stories now emerging from abroad — the talk show host issued an apology in a letter to her staff, Variety reports: ""On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry," begins DeGeneres' letter.

People reports that on Friday, Brad Garrett, the actor who played Robert Barone on the hit TV series "Everybody Loves Raymond," responded on twitter to DeGeneres' apology:

Following news of DeGeneres' apology, new and extensive allegations of sexual harassment by producers behind the scenes were reported by Buzzfeed.

Read DeGeneres' full letter to her staff at Variety.

Read Buzzfeed's report on workplace abuse and sexual harassment allegations.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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