Former ‘Ellen Show’ employees claim they were subjected to toxic work environment

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 19, 2020

This week, one current and 10 former staffers on The Ellen DeGeneres Show alleged that they experienced racism, fear, and intimidation and that executive producers and senior staff are culpable for stoking a "toxic" work environment. There's more to this, an employee who took three-week medical leave, and a complete of days off to attend a family funeral was also fired because of the same.

"People focus on rumors about how Ellen is mean and everything like that, but that's not the problem", one employee said.

In one instance, a Black employee says she dealt with racist comments while working for Ellen.

There have always been rumors about what it's like to work on the show, but they were never taken seriously.

Another former staffer said: "They hire people who maybe are inexperienced with how a functional, nontoxic work environment actually is, or someone who just wants to be in that atmosphere so bad that they'll put up with it". "I know they give money to people and help them out, but it's for show", they said. She said she was then reprimanded by executive producer Ed Galvin for trying to speak up and suggesting employees undergo diversity and inclusion training. "We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience", Connelly, Glavin and Lassner said in the joint statement.

"I think it is a lot of smoke and mirrors when it comes to the show's brand", The employee told Buzzfeed News.

"For the record, the day-to-day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us".

In a statement to Buzzfeed, a trio of top producers said they are taking the complaints seriously.

Soon after she was hired she recalled being told by senior producer that "I hope we don't get confused", by the fact two black employees have box braids.

Several of Ellen DeGeneres' ex employees have come forward with more unkind claims about the star.

Another says Ellen "needs to be more involved" in the show rather than listen to the executive producers who tell her everything is fine: "She needs to go beyond that".

Amid eviscerating accusations of her "mean" behaviour - steadily eroding her reputation as an oasis of optimism - former staff members of Ellen DeGeneres are revealing it all.

She added that at a work party, one of the main writers told her, "I'm sorry, I only know the names of the white people who work here", and other co-workers awkwardly laughed it off instead of coming to her defence.

Eventually she walked out of the show one day and never returned. In April, Variety reported that the show's employees were "distressed and outraged" that producers failed to communicate details about the jobs and pay at the start of the Pandemic.

Major problems continue for Ellen DeGeneres and her hit daytime talk show...

As per the deal that she signed for the show, CNN states about 60% of all advertising based profits go directly under her name. her biggest sponsors include Shutterfly, Scotch Tape, Bubly, and Geico.

While no direct comments were made about the talk show host and comedian, in the past few months, many former employees as well as guests on the show have spoken against DeGeneres and her "mean" behavior.

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