The Ellen DeGeneres show staff would have “loved” it for people to come forward amid claims that there is a “toxic work environment” on the show.
Last week, Buzzfeed released a damning report from the hit show, claiming to speak to anonymous workers – one currently working there – who had been abused by Ellen, 62, or her producers, and now reporting Wednesday by UsWeekly claims the scandal. brings staff together behind the scenes.
“They called and texted each other about the story,” a source told the publication. “They love that the truth – which has been an open secret for years in the industry – is finally getting more attention.
Embatted: Ellen DeGeneres – pictured earlier this shoot of a home version of her show – has faced reports of bad behavior from current and former staff
The Buzzfeed bobmshell article spoke to 11 people associated with the show, who said they faced racism, fear and bullying while working on the syndicated series.
In response to this particular report, executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner issued a joint statement, saying they “strive to create an open, safe and inclusive work environment.”
“We are very sorry and sorry to learn that even someone in our production family has had a negative experience,” the statement added.
Happy face: Ellen is known for her kind gestures on her daytime talk show
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 from 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 in the Santa Barbara, Calif., Mansion, which she shares with his wife Portia De Rossi, 47.
She has come under increasing criticism on social media after several reports surfaced in April, painting an uncomfortable picture of how she treats others when the cameras are not rolling.
A group of around 30 crew members were devastated after they hired an outside company called Key Code Media to film the shows, and also denounced what they called a lack of communication or transparency about their jobs after the March shutdown amid the coronavirus outbreak, Variety reported in April.
Weathering the Storm: The host did her best to continue filming the show normally from her home, which backfired when it was claimed that she had hired a non-union crew for the help.
‘Senior production officials sometimes answered phone calls but revealed little’ to crew members, who saw their wages cut by 40% amid changes brought on by the virus, insiders told the outlet .
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.
The 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.
Her character has also been criticized after a series of tweets from the Kevin T. Porter comic book on March 20 asking his followers to post “crazy” stories about “Ellen being mean” garnered social media attention. (Porter’s effort was linked to a charitable campaign for the Los Angeles Food Bank.)
Host with the most … complaints: Ellen, 62, was recently faced with a barrage of criticism for alleged bad behavior on her show
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 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 have to come 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.”