Ellen DeGeneres Addresses Her Show's Toxic Workplace on Season 18 Premiere

Carla Harmon
September 22, 2020

Ellen DeGeneres addressed reports of mistreatment and misconduct behind the scenes at The Ellen DeGeneres Show in her opening monologue of the season.

Videos from past interviews have also resurfaced where Ellen's behaviour towards her guests have been criticised.

Delivering a monologue to a virtual audience at the epiosde's start, the star said: "I take full responsibility for what happens at my show".

"I take this very seriously and I want to say I'm so sorry to the people it affected", the host said. I know I'm in a position of priviledge and power and I realise with that comes responsibility.

She went on to say that changes have been put in place to improve the workplace environment.

DeGeneres said the people at the show have had a lot of conversations over the past few weeks about the workplace and what they want for the future.

Degeneres acknowledged that the show has "made the necessary" changes, including the firing of three producers over the summer.

On Monday, DeGeneres acknowledged the "toxic" work culture allegations in her monologue but omitted references to the sexual harassment and assault accusations against her show.

The long-time comedian, actor and host also joked that she was in a tough position given her reputation as the "be kind" lady, a nickname she earned after she urged kindness following the suicide of a a young man who was bullied for being gay. "And I think we need it more than ever right now". As you'd expect, the report kicked off an internal investigation within The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "If you're watching this because you don't love me, welcome". "I'm especially working on the impatience thing because - and it's not going well - because it's not happening fast enough". Sometimes I get sad, I get mad, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient.

In the immediate aftermath of the allegations, Warner Bros (who run the show) confirmed that executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman, as well as co-executive producer Jonathan Norman have since left the show.

She said she wanted "every single one" of the 270 staff working on her show to "be happy and proud to work here". "If you're watching because you don't love me, welcome!"

"I am a work in progress", she continued.

"I got into this business to make people laugh and feel good".

Deraney also said that nobody has had a bad experience with Clarkson since she gained fame from her American Idol victory. "I can't wait to get back to work and back to our studio". "There's blatant racial injustice all around us".

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