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Investigation Into Toxic Working Environment Of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Underway

Update July 30, 2020: WarnerMedia is investigating sustained claims of mistreatment from former and current staff. Several reports have surfaced since the Covid-19 shutdowns after the staff took pay cuts while an outside crew was hired to build her at-home set.

An investigation is underway after sustained allegations of racism and mistreatment targeting employees.

WarnerMedia is investigating claims of racism, intimidation, and mistreatment of employees. The allegations have been mounting for months and the entertainment company had to launch an investigation.

“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,” the group said in a statement to BuzzFeed.

“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.”

This is an ongoing story.

Update: Former and current employees have a lot to say about the toxic work environment Ellen DeGeneres created for them. They claim that Degeneres’ “be kind” mantra is all a mask for the intimidation she projects.

Former staffers of Ellen DeGeneres’ show claim the comedian and talk show host creates a toxic work environment.

The employees told BuzzFeed News that the toxic environment is all when the cameras turn off. They further claim that all of the good things the show does for people is for all show to mask the true nature of working for DeGeneres. One employee alleges that the poor treatment of staff was racist.

“Whenever I brought up an issue to my white male boss, he would bring up some random story about some random Black friend that he had and how they managed to get over stuff,” the employee told BuzzFeed News about calling out racist things. “He would use his Black friend as some way to say, ‘I understand your struggle.’ But it was all performative bullshit.”

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Original: Last year, much of America had a collective “What was she thinking?” moment when Ellen rather ignorantly explained her friendship with former President George Bush. Many of the people that were targets of Bush’s anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT, anti-women platforms were rightfully upset at the comedienne’s blasé explanation for the unusual friendship.

Now, it seems that backlash against one of America’s most beloved celebrities is only getting bigger amid the Coronavirus pandemic and its related fallout.

It all started when the Ellen show announced a hiatus given the pandemic.

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This sounds totally acceptable right? I mean you can’t film a daily talk show with dozens of crew members and a studio audience amid a global pandemic. Sure.

But her longtime crew has been left in the dark for more than a month on their future and they haven’t been paid. Meanwhile, nearly all crew members were told by production executives to prepare for a 60% pay cut. The regular production of her hit TV show is on-hold but Ellen has been filming with a much smaller crew from the comfort of her home. But guess what? She hired a totally different, non-union crew to help take care of it.

And no, this isn’t how things are being done by most other TV shows. Jimmy Kimmel paid the crew for his show out of his own pockets during the initial Covid-19 shutdowns and are now being paid their full rates by ABC. “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” and “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” have also been transparent in their communication with staff and crew and are paying full rates.

The host also faced backlash after joking that self-isolating in her mansion was ‘like being in jail.’

On her April 6 show, DeGeneres compared self-isolating in her California mansion to being in prison — and Twitter users were quick to call out the talk-show host for what they felt was an insensitive remark.

“One thing I’ve learned from being in quarantine is that people — this is like being in jail, is what this is,” DeGeneres said during the segment, adding, “It’s mostly because I’ve been wearing the same clothes for 10 days, and everyone in here is gay.”

After DeGeneres shared the clip on Twitter, users were quick to call out the host for her remarks about prisons, especially during a time when prison inmates are at an increased risk of contracting COVID-19. Some pointed out that inmates in prisons were far more likely to die from the novel coronavirus than the larger population — especially wealthy people like DeGeneres.

Then there’s the now viral Twitter thread asking for stories about DeGeneres being “one of the meanest people alive,” which got more than 2,000 replies.

A comedian named Kevin T. Porter crowdsourced “insane stories you’ve heard about Ellen being mean” in exchange for $2 donations to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank — and received thousands of responses

While the accuracy of the stories is impossible to verify from tweets alone, news outlets including Insider picked up on the thread. One Twitter user accused DeGeneres of using her fan art as a prop, while another described her getting mad at a server with chipped nail polish who waited on the host and her wife, Portia, at brunch.

There were also stories about DeGeneres’ behavior while filming, including accusations that she wouldn’t let crew members eat meat, that she fired an autistic custodian for greeting her, and that she made anyone entering her office chew gum from a bowl outside her door since she had a “sensitive nose.”

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Shocked Workers Find A ‘Giant Rat’ Inside Mexico City’s Sewer System

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Shocked Workers Find A ‘Giant Rat’ Inside Mexico City’s Sewer System

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The year 2020 seems to be the year that just won’t stop throwing us curve balls. In its latest attempt to shock and terrorize us, workers in Mexico City’s sewer system have found what appears to be a giant rat inside the system. The photos and video are straight out of a horror film.

Some on social media quickly wondered if this wasn’t an actual Master Splinter of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame. But it turns out that the ‘giant rat’ has a far more normal origin story.

Images of a ‘giant rat’ from Mexico City’s sewer system quickly went viral on social media.

In what many are calling another sign of the apocalypse brought to us by the year 2020, Mexico City cleanup crews discovered what looked like a monster drowned rat while dredging the sewers. The giant-size “rodent” was part of 22 tons of litter the workers had removed from the city’s drainage tunnels following heavy rains, according to the Border Report.

During the cleanup process, the workers reportedly turned a corner and encountered what they described as a “giant rat,” which sat hunched over and sported incredibly realistic fur. As it turns out, the ’giant rat’ was actually a Halloween prop that had been washed out of its warehouse by the storm. The decoration somehow ended up in the labyrinthine network of sewer tunnels, where it sat undiscovered for years — until now.

Apparently, the ‘giant rat’ was a homemade Halloween decoration that went missing after a rainstorm.

Since the ‘rodents’ discovery, a woman named Evelin López has come forward to claim the rat, which she reportedly created from scratch for Halloween. Lopez said it had gone missing “years ago” during a torrential downpour, and no one could help her retrieve it.

Fortunately, the monster rat appears to be in safe hands — as a now-viral video shows it being hosed off on the street by sewer workers after being rescued from its subterranean lair. Witnesses told El universal that they marveled at the “beast’s” naturalistic appearance, and as can be expected many admitted that they’d of gone running in fear if they had seen it on the street.

The rat’s rightful owner said she has no idea what to do with her “Princess Bride”-evoking prop. Social-media pundits suggest recycling the beast for this year’s Halloween festivities — provided they hose it off a few more times first.

Unfortunately, the rat was discovered only because crews cleaned up debris after a woman drowned following torrential rains.

The ‘giant rat’ / Halloween prop was discovered to have caused a flood which drowned a 54-year-old woman trapped inside her apartment. The woman that died was named in local media reports as Doña Mari. She was 54 and drowned in her home after the water flooded into her residence.

The water caused furniture to move and block the door trapping her inside and drowning her. Her body was discovered by a neighbor, who went looking for her after realizing she wasn’t with other residents who had congregated outside after leaving their homes due to the flooding.

Authorities cleaned the drainage system in the area in hopes of reducing the flooding, and that is when they found the giant fake rat.

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A Texas Man’s Taco Truck Was Saved By A Tweet And This Is The Story We Need Right Now

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A Texas Man’s Taco Truck Was Saved By A Tweet And This Is The Story We Need Right Now

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In a story that’s becoming all too familiar amid the global Coronavirus pandemic, one man’s taco truck was on the brink of going out of business.

Many small business owners throughout the country continue to struggle through the pandemic. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, more than 100,000 small businesses have not survived – and that number is on the rise.

However, one woman came up with an idea to help her father’s Houston-based taco truck and thankfully for them – and us (we all could use some good news right now!) the idea has seemed to work. Proving that the phrase “Hey Twitter!!” might just save the economy — one taco truck at a time.

It all started with a Tweet that ended up saving one man’s business.

One daughter, who was trying to help us her father’s struggling taco truck, turned to Twitter for help. And it delivered better-than-hoped-for results for Elias Aviles after his daughter, 21-year-old Giselle Aviles, posted a simple plea after learning that her hardworking father had made just $6 in a day, his business slammed by the pandemic.

“Hey Twitter!!” she tweeted of her dad’s Houston-area business, Taqueria El Torito. “I wouldn’t normally do this, but my dad’s taco truck business is struggling. He only sold $6 today. If you could retweet, I would appreciate you so much!!”

Thanks to Twitter, they could — and so could thousands of others. In fact so many people streamed in — he found people waiting when he arrived to open up at 8 a.m. the next day, on a line that had started forming at 6 a.m. — that he had to close down twice, once to restock and again when he simply ran out of product, CNN reported.

Gisele knew she had to do something to help out her father – who had put six years of his life into the taco truck.

Thanks to the Coronavirus, things have been tough for Elias Aviles and his truck, Taqueria El Torito. Some days earnings have been as low as $60, sometimes even just $20.

But one day he earned just $6 for a full 12-hour shift, and his daughter was shocked into action. She told CNN, “I just said well we have nothing to lose and I decided to make the tweet that day.”

Her plea to the world worked. Her Tweet has since been retweeted more than 10,000 times and has 9,800 likes.

But neither of them were prepared for just how much of an effect the Tweet would have.

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Although Gisele admits she did warn her father to get ready for some new customers, nothing could of prepared her for the magnitude of support from the community.

By 8 a.m. the next day, Elias had a line of customers waiting for his fresh tortas Cubanas—and some had been waiting there since six in the morning. It was such a busy period that Elias even had to close the truck for a short while in order to restock. Luckily, Giselle was able to help out with orders that day.

During her Monday shift, Giselle estimated that more than a hundred customers came through for Mexican specialties.

“I’m so moved because finally people know that his food is good,” Giselle told KHOU. “There were so many people, and [my dad] was kind of shocked because he didn’t think there would be a turn around that quickly.”

Since then, Giselle has helped her dad set up an Instagram account for his business.

Gisele has since helped modernize her father’s business by helping him setup an Instagram account.

She told KHOU, “I’m so moved because finally people know that his food is good. There were so many people, and [my dad] was kind of shocked because he didn’t think there would be a turn around that quickly.”

The string under her original tweet lists a photo array of offerings so mouthwatering that people from around the U.S. are offering to contribute. One commenter even offered to buy out his entire truck to feed a hospital staff.

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