You know what they say, it’s easier to learn any language when your teacher is as hot. Luckily, Eugenio Siller was on hand to give a quick Spanish lesson to check it off her bucket list. Things went….
“Nothing has worked,” Ellen told Eugenio. “I’ve taken the classes. I traveled to Mexico. I’ve tried the popular programs like Rosetta Stone, the Pimsleur, the Jose Cuervo…With the Jose Cuervo you learn a little Spanish but then when you wake up in the morning you don’t remember any of it.”
On Monday, host, and actress Ellen DeGeneres returned to her show for her first episode since her daytime talk show came under investigation for harboring a “toxic” workplace environment. Intent on restoring her sunny reputation, the comedian addressed the allegations head-on with an opening monologue that described her summer as “great” and by issuing an apology that fans have long been waiting for.
Returning to the studio for the show’s season premiere, DeGeneres apologized to those who had been negatively affected while working as part of her staff.
“As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation,” DeGeneres admitted. “I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected. I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.” The Finding Doy Star went onto explain that she claims “responsibility for what happens at my show.”
Over the summer, soon after the pandemic broke, various former and current staff members of DeGeneres’ show alleged that they had endured harassment, intimidation and racism.
In a report published by BuzzFeed, former employees claimed that the 32-time Daytime Emmy Award winner’s “be kind” persona was “all for show.” After she and various other senior staffers were accused of fostering a toxic work environment, her show’s parent company WarnerMedia issued an apology. Three of the show’s top producers also made an exit.
In response to the allegations, WarnerMedia addressed concerns at the time saying “Warner Bros. and Ellen DeGeneres take the recent allegations around the show’s workplace culture very seriously.” Soon after, in July, DeGeneres issued an email apology to her team and revealed that an internal investigation had been launched.
On Monday, the host explained that after making “the necessary changes,” she and WarnerMedia “had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, the workplace and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter.”
She went onto joke about her reputation as the “be kind” lady, and claimed that it is “a tricky position to be in.”
“Being known as the ‘be kind’ lady is a tricky position to be in,” she admitted. “So 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. The truth is I am that person that you see on TV.”
Five years into hosting her talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the comedian was also newly married to her wife Portia de Rossi and pulling in tons of interviews with celebrities. At the time, she was publicly embraced and twelve years away from being ridiculed on platforms like Twitter for her “toxic” behavior in her workplace. That was why, perhaps, singer and music icon Mariah Carey trusted DeGeneres and agreed to take part in an interview with the television host, not at all suspecting she would be asked to address pregnancy rumors.
Now, in a recent interview with Vulture, the Grammy winner reflected on the interview and her feelings of having her pregnancy prematurely announced on television over a decade ago.
During the infamous 2008 interview, DeGeneres asked Carey to confirm or deny tabloid rumors that she and her then-husband Nick Cannon were pregnant.
In the interview, while Carey attempted to laugh off DeGeneres’s questions and change the subject, the comedian pressed the issue. At one point she even offered the singer a glass of champagne to prove she was not pregnant. “This is peer pressure,” Carey responded to DeGeneres as the audience laughed. After, when Carey pretended to take a sip DeGeneres screamed “You’re pregnant!”
Speaking to Vulture about the moment, Carey said she felt “extremely uncomfortable” about the questions.
“I was extremely uncomfortable with that moment is all I can say. And I really have had a hard time grappling with the aftermath,” Carey explained.
Two years after the interview, Carey confirmed that she had been pregnant at the time of the interview but miscarried soon after.
A year later, in 2011, Carey and Cannon gave birth to their twins Monroe and Moroccan but the DeGeneres moment clearly had a bad impact.
“I wasn’t ready to tell anyone because I had had a miscarriage,” Carey told Vulture. “I don’t want to throw anyone that’s already being thrown under any proverbial bus, but I didn’t enjoy that moment.”
Carey went onto explain in the interview that she wished DeGeneres had given her more “empathy” at the time. “But what am I supposed to do?” she added. “It’s like, ‘What are you going to do?'”
Carey’s reflection of the moment comes at a time when Warner Media is giving “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” an internal investigation based on complaints of workplace toxicity.
Earlier this year in July, BuzzFeed News reported that employees accused the show of supporting a “toxic work environment” behind the scenes of the talk show. “One current and 10 former staffers spoke anonymously about their experiences on set,” People reports. “Including claims of being penalized for taking medical leave, instances of racial microaggressions and fear of retribution for raising complaints.”
In an emotional conference video held with staff in August, DeGeneres explained that she “wasn’t perfect.”
“I’m a multi-layered person, and I try to be the best person I can be and I try to learn from my mistakes,” she said. “I’m hearing that some people felt that I wasn’t kind or too short with them, or too impatient. I apologize to anybody if I’ve hurt your feelings in any way.”