DeGeneres apologizes to Show staff amid workplace investigation

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LOS ANGELES – Ellen DeGeneres has apologized to staff on her daytime TV show amid an internal company investigation into complaints about a difficult and unfair workplace. “On day one of our show, I told everyone at our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice and everyone would be treated with respect.” , DeGeneres wrote. Something has changed, she said, “and for that I’m sorry.”

In a separate statement, the Warner Bros. said the “main findings” of the investigation revealed what he called flaws in the show’s day-to-day management.

DeGeneres’ memo and investigation by the studio’s parent company follow a BuzzFeed News report in which a current employee and 10 former employees of the show complained about issues, including being fired after have taken sick leave or bereavement leave. A worker said she left because of comments about her race.

Most of the complaints were related to executive producers and senior managers, BuzzFeed News said, but a former employee said DeGeneres needed to take more responsibility for the work environment. The perpetrators of the allegations have not been identified.

The complaints contrast starkly with the show’s upbeat tenor and public demeanor and DeGeneres’ exhortations to be kind and caring.

In its statement, Warner Bros. said he and DeGeneres take the show’s ‘workplace culture’ allegations very seriously and that his parent company seeks to determine the validity of the publicly reported allegations and understand the day-to-day workings of the show. program.

“As a result, WarnerMedia interviewed dozens of current and former employees about the environment at ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’… And while all of the allegations have not been substantiated, we are disappointed that the key findings of the investigation indicated some shortcomings. related to the daily management of the program. ”

Steps are being taken to make several staff changes and implement other steps, the studio said, without citing details. The internal investigation was first reported by Variety.

DeGeneres wrote that she had “a deep compassion” for people who are treated unfairly or neglected. It comes from someone who has been judged for “who I am,” said DeGeneres, who detailed the price she paid for being openly gay.

“As we grew exponentially, I wasn’t able to stay on top of everything and I relied on others to do their jobs because they knew I wanted them to do it. I am committed to ensuring that this does not happen again, ”she said in the note.

“It’s been far too long, but we are finally having conversations about fairness and fairness,” DeGeneres said, adding that she would push herself and others to “learn and grow.”

She said the COVID-19 pandemic had prevented her from delivering her comments in person to staff members. She signed the “Stay Safe and Healthy” and “Love, Ellen” message.

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