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.
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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