Ellen DeGeneres breaks silence on toxic workplace allegations as investigation continues

Carla Harmon
August 1, 2020

In total, BuzzFeed News spoke to "36 former employees, many of whom independently corroborated incidents of harassment, sexual misconduct, and assault from top producers like Leman". Neil, nobody's to talk withEllen You do not talk with her, you do not approach her, you do not take a look at her.

The allegations included employees being fired after taking medical leave or bereavement days, facing microaggressions and a culture of bullying and favouritism by executive producers. They claimed that some of the senior producers would regular make sexually explicit comments in the office and numerous targets were "lower-level and younger employees who felt they lacked any power to speak up".

Another report was released by BuzzFeed News. Another claimed she saw Lenman groping a production assistant.

While Warner Bros.is yet to confirm the fate of its staff, it's rumoured that one of the show's executive producers, Ed Glavin - who was the focus of numerous more serious allegations - is going to be relieved of his job.

The former employees seem to have different opinions on whether DeGeneres knew about this.


Those last two words might also have applied to the behind-the-scenes environment of "The Tonight Show" in 1992, right after Leno replaced Johnny Carson as host.

Even down under, this "toxic work environment" is well-known.

It was eventually agreed that entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins would interview the Finding Dory star but, when he and the journalist arrived at "one of the plush hotels in Melbourne" on the day of the interview, he revealed the pair were met with a string of demands.

The statement continued, 'We have identified several staffing changes, along with appropriate measures to address the issues that have been raised, and are taking the first steps to implement them'.

DeGeneres said as the programme grew she had not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew she would want them to be done.


Ellen said in her letter that she is working with the company to ensure changes are made. Leno had always been (and still is) known as a fundamentally nice guy, but the "corrosive style" of his executive producer, Helen Kushnick, created a "reign of terror", according to Bill Carter's exhaustively reported 1994 book, "The Late Shift: Letterman, Leno, & the Network Battle for the Night".

Breen stopped short of saying that DeGeneres was a bad person.

An Australian radio host is discussing his time with Ellen DeGeneres in 2013.

"She feels she can't go on and the only way to recover her personal brand from this is to shut down the show", they said.

DeGeneres, whose show has won dozens of awards in its 17 years on the air, also referred to criticism that has been leveled at her personally in recent media reports. Brad was on the circuit (with his bball bit) around the same time Ellen was. Garrett has yet to follow up on his tweet.


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