The Ellen DeGeneres Show is the subject of investigation following numerous accounts of issues related to the culture of the workplace.
An internal investigation is being launched by the employee relations group of WarnerMedia, owner of WBTV, and a third-party company, Variety reported Monday, to examine the experiences of staff on the set.
Employees received a memo last week from executives at producer Telepictures and distributor Warner Bros. Television explaining that current and former employees will be interviewed.
Internal investigation: Ellen DeGeneres Show workplace investigated after reports of on-set abuse
According to Variety, the memo cited recent articles on the treatment of the crew, with allegations of abuse, racism and intimidation on the show as the impetus for the investigation.
One of the staff who received the memo revealed that it “underscored their commitment to providing an environment where employees can thrive.”
Earlier this month, a number of employees on the Ellen DeGeneres Show called it a “toxic work environment.”
A current and 10 former employees of the daytime chat show, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, have accused the three executive producers, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner, of “harassment.”
According to Variety, a memo sent to staff members cited recent articles on the treatment of crew members and allegations of abuse, racism and intimidation as the impetus for the investigation.
A source told Buzzfeed, “The problem is these three executive producers running the show who are in charge of all these people. [and] who cultivate and express this feeling of intimidation and meanness. They feel that everyone who works at The Ellen Show is lucky to work there: “So if you have a problem you should leave because we are hiring someone else because everyone wants to work here. . ”
Although Ellen, 62, has not been charged with any wrongdoing, employees said they were instructed not to speak to her if they saw her in the building.
A former employee said: “If she wants to have her own show and have her name on the title of the show, she has to be more involved to see what happens. I think the executive producers surround her and say, ‘Things are going well, everyone is happy’, and she believes that, but it’s her responsibility to go further.
Black woman claims to have suffered a number of “micro-attacks”, her request for a raise was ignored and she was accused of “walking around with an air of resentment and anger” after asking staff to follow along training on diversity and inclusion.
Earlier this month, a number of The Ellen DeGeneres Show employees called it a “toxic work environment,” accusing three executive producers, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner, of “harassment.”
Another former employee claims he was fired after taking a month’s sick leave following a suicide attempt.
They said, “You would think if someone is just trying to kill themselves, you don’t want to add more stress to their life. “
Executive Producers Glavin, Connelly and Lassner said, “In nearly two decades, 3,000 episodes, and employing over 1,000 staff, we have strived to create an open, safe and inclusive work environment. We are very sorry and sorry to hear that even someone in our production family had a negative experience. It’s not who we are and what we strive to be, or what Ellen’s mission is for us.
Bad Rep: Numerous reports from former employees were released earlier this year claiming that Ellen had been unfriendly and that crew members had been warned not to speak to the host or make contact visual.
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Don’t talk to him: Social media users have shared their experiences, often with similar themes
For the record, the day-to-day responsibility for the Ellen show is entirely on us. We take it all very seriously and realize, as many around the world are learning, that we need to do better, we are committed to doing better, and we will do better.
In April, it was reported that the production team were angry at the lack of communication and transparency from bosses after they were forced to undergo pay cuts when production was first shut down in middle of the coronvarius epidemic.
A group of around 30 crew members were upset after Ellen hired an outside non-union company called Key Code Media to film the shows while in quarantine at her home.
“Senior production officials sometimes answered phone calls but revealed little” to crew members, who saw their pay cut by 40% amid the changes brought on by the virus, insiders told Variety.
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Sources told the outlet that this was not the case with all shows, as the teams of John Oliver, Desus and Mero and Samantha Bee were paid their full price, while Jimmy Kimmel dove into his own. pocket for a while to allow its staff to get their regular rates.
Producers responded that “Our executive producers and Telepictures are committed to taking care of our staff and team and made decisions with them first and foremost.
A month earlier, numerous reports from former employees emerged claiming that Ellen had not been friendly on set and that crew members had been warned not to speak to the host or make eye contact.
A series of Kevin T. Porter comic book tweets from March 20 asking its subscribers to post “crazy” stories about “Ellen being mean” garnered attention on social media. (Porter’s effort was linked to a charitable campaign for the Los Angeles Food Bank.)
Unbelievable: Benjamin Siemon spoke about a staff member who was told to expect Ellen to be mean
Writer Ben Simeon said, “A new staff member was told, ‘Every day she chooses someone different to really hate. It’s not your fault, just suck it for the day and she will be mean to someone else the next day. They didn’t believe it, but it ended up being quite true.
“Everyone has to chew gum in a bowl in front of their desk before talking to her and if she thinks you smell that day you should go home and take a shower.” “
Ellen – who Forbes said was worth around $ 330 million – was also criticized for hearing loss after joking that locking herself up in her lavish mansion was “like being in jail.”
Earlier this month, representatives for the show were forced to deny reports that the show was about to be canceled. “Telepictures may confirm that this is false,” representatives of the talk show host’s production company told The New York Post.
DeGeneres continued to air her daytime show – which she has been doing since 2003 – from her living room at the mansion in Montecito, Calif., Which she shares with his wife Portia De Rossi, 47.
Noise Sensitive: He also said the host was very particular about personal hygiene