Ellen DeGeneres has addressed her show’s staff after reports emerged of various complaints at the multi award-winning show!
Ellen explained disappointed she was when she learnt of the accusations made against members of her staff. “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,” DeGeneres wrote.
She continued, “For that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show.”
DeGeneres then spoke of her “success,” which includes a whooping 30 Emmys, 20 People’s Choice Awards and more, and which, she said, would not have been possible “without all of your contributions.” She said, “My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that.”
She then stated that together with Warner Bros., she is working to determine the next steps to “correct the issues” they found through an internal investigation.
“As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t,” she added. “That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.”
How did it get to this?
It was previously alleged that the show’s executive producers, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner, were the persons who were being accused of workplace misconduct, and not Ellen herself. In a statement which they themselves had issued they had said that, “For the record, the day to day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us.”
This assertion has now been confirmed by DeGeneres, who wrote in her letter that “people who work with me and for me are speaking on my behalf and misrepresenting who I am.” She added, “That has to stop.”
“As someone who was judged and nearly lost everything for just being who I am, I truly understand and have deep compassion for those being looked at differently, or treated unfairly, not equal, or—worse—disregarded. To think that any one of you felt that way is awful to me,” she concluded her letter, adding that she’s grateful people felt “safe” enough to come forward with their experiences. “Again, I’m so sorry to anyone who didn’t have that experience. If not for COVID, I’d have done this in person, and I can’t wait to be back on our stage and see you all then.”