HOUSTON – “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is under investigation by parent company WarnerMedia, following several complaints about a toxic work environment, including reports of bullying and racism, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Variety first reported that a note was sent last week to show the staff of Telepictures Warner Bros. Television television executives informing them of the investigation.
According to Variety, the memo revealed that the companies have engaged with the employee relations group at WarnerMedia, owner of WBTV, and a third-party company, who will conduct interviews with current and former staff members regarding their experiences. on the set, sources said.
The investigation follows several reports discussing the working conditions and experiences of staff members on the daytime broadcast.
In April, Variety reported the distress and outrage of the DeGeneres production team, who said they were subjected to miscommunication and said to expect reduced compensation during the initial coronavirus shutdowns – even as the series had hired non-union crews to set up a quarantined production from the host’s home in Los Angeles. The crew were reinstated at full pay before the publication of Varietyreport of.
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At the time, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. acknowledged that communication could have been better, but cited complications from the chaos caused by COVID-19. WarnerMedia has, like every other studio, been under pressure in recent years to investigate all allegations of hostility in the workplace in response to an increased focus on fouls in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
Most recently, BuzzFeed published a report alleging racism and bullying on the show.
BuzzFeed’s story reveals multiple incidents of accused racist behavior, including micro-attacks and jokes about mistaking two black employees for the same hairstyle.
Executive producers Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner and Mary Connelly addressed the allegations in a joint statement to Buzzfeed.
“We are very sorry and sorry to hear that even someone in our production family has had a negative experience. It’s not who we are and what we strive to be, or what Ellen’s mission is for us, ”the group wrote.
“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. “
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