One year after the shocking news came out about The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s toxic work environment, the hit talk show’s staff is reportedly only seeing a slightly different experience on the set.
According to Fox News, an insider in the situation states that there’s now a structure and staffers were feeling like they were listened to initially after an internal investigation was conducted for sexual misconduct allegations.
In July of 2020, one current and ten employees of The Ellen DeGeneres Show spoke to Buzzfeed about how Ellen’s “Be Kind” talk show covers up a toxic work environment. “That ‘be kind’ bullsh*t only happens when he cameras are on,” one employee states. They also explain that the “Be Kind” aspects are for show.
Another former employee says if Ellen really wants to have her own show and have her name on the show’s title, she needs to involve herself with the production crew.
“I think the executive producers surround her and tell her, ‘Things are going great, everybody’s happy,’ and she just believes that. But it’s her responsibility to go beyond that.”
The show’s executive producers released a statement at the time to the media outlet about the situation. “Over the course of nearly two decades, 3,000 episodes, and employing over 1,000 staff members. We have strived to create an open, safe, and inclusive work environment. We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience.”
The executive producers add that it’s not who they are and not who they strive to be. “Not the mission Ellen has set for us.”
Ellen DeGeneres Set to End Show in 2022
During a May interview with Today, Ellen DeGeneres reveals that her decision to end her popular daytime talk show after 19 seasons is not due to the toxic workplace controversy. “If it was why I was quitting, I would have not come back this year,” Ellen explains. She also admits that she really did not think about coming back because the whole situation was devastating for her.
“It started with attacks on me and attacking everything that I stand for and believed in,” Ellen DeGeneres further explains. She then describes herself as a kind person who likes to make others happy. Ellen also says she didn’t know of any problems on the show’s set until the stories broke.
Ellen DeGeneres states, “I don’t know how I could have known when there’s 225 employees. There are a lot of different buildings. It’s my name on the show, so clearly it affects me.”
The Ellen DeGeneres Show suffered a significant rating decline in September after Ellen issued a lengthy apology. As previously reported, the show’s current season attracted 1.4 million per episode, a decrease of 44 percent. Kelly Clarkson’s self-titled talk show The Kelly Clarkson Show is set to take over The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s time slot