Major reality talk show hosted by one of the word’s most well-known comedians, an icon of pop culture, ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ is under investigation following recurrent reports of toxic work culture problems.
The Ellen Show, one of America’s most-watched comedy reality show like The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, has recently come under scrutiny after a string of complaints from the morning talk show’s employees.
Claims include many have faced bullying, racism, microaggressions and ‘toxic work culture’ problems in the sets, although none directly accuses Ellen DeGeneres herself.
According to Variety, Warner Media – the show distributor, and Telepictures – the show producer, has lodged an internal investigation in partnership with a third-party firm to investigate the current and former employees of the talk show hosted by Ellen DeGeneres herself.
Neither Warner Bros. spokesperson nor ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ spokesperson comment to media request for comments.
The Ellen DeGeneres show, know for the interviewing every high-profile Hollywood celebs, expensive charity works, and Ellen’s witty remarks, has a massive fan following in America and the whole world.
For instance, ‘The Ellen Show’ channel on Youtube has 37.5 million subscribers; on Twitter the talk show it has 79.8 million followers.
Recently, the talk show’s popular ‘Be Kind’ motto started to garner scrutiny following some reports of both employees and media like Buzzfeed and Variety, claiming workplace issues.
In mid-June, a BuzzFeed’s story titled “Former Employees Says Ellen’s “Be Kind” Talk Show Mantra Masks A Toxic Work Culture,” revealed behind-the-scenes of the apparently gleeful talk show.
A former employee, in the report, slammed the show by saying: “That ‘be kind’ bullshit only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show.”
BuzzFeed also spoke to one present and 10 former employees, all of whom remained anonymous fearing retribution, and reported unethical treatments, intimidation, and racism on the talk show.
Earlier, in a joint statement to BuzzFeed News, executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner said:
“We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our product 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,” they said, adding:
“For the record, the day to day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us,” the statement said adding that they take “all of these very seriously.”
None of the claims are directly on the comedian herself, it must be noted, however, there are reports that allege her for snobbery and ‘rudeness’ with a guest.
In February, one influential YouTuber Nikkie de Jager spilled the beans about her real-life experience of attending the talk show in a Dutch interview, according to multiple media reports.
“Let me say that there’s a big difference between this show and Ellen DeGeneres, and I’m saying that in favor of this show,” de Jager said according to the translation obtained by Insider.
“It’s nice that you say ‘hi’ before the show. She didn’t.”
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