3 producers quit DeGeneres show following workplace complaints

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LOS ANGELES – Three producers of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” came out amid allegations of a dysfunctional workplace that harbored inappropriate behavior, including sexual misconduct and race-insensitive remarks. Executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman have “parted ways” on the long-running daytime series, a spokesperson for producer Warner Bros. said on Monday.

An internal company investigation into the allegations regarding the show was sparked by a BuzzFeed News report in July, based on 36 interviews with former staff, who complained or said they witnessed a inappropriate and unfair treatment.

Most of the allegations were linked to executive producers and senior executives, including Glavin, Leman and Norman, BuzzFeed News said. The people who protested against them have not been identified.

A representative for Leman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday. Representatives for Glavin and Norman could not be found immediately.

In statements to BuzzFeed News after the July 30 article was posted online, Leman denied “any kind of sexual impropriety” and Norman said he flatly denied the charges.

DeGeneres informed staff of the reshuffle on a conference call Monday, according to Variety, which first reported on the development. She said she found the allegations about the show’s environment to be “heartbreaking,” the trade publication said, citing unidentified sources.

The actress and host sent a note to her staff after last month’s BuzzFeed article recalling her early promise to ensure a workplace where “everyone is treated with respect.” Something has changed, she said, “and for that I’m sorry.”

The show debuted in 2003.

In a separate July statement, Warner Bros. said parent company WarnerMedia’s investigation revealed what it called “flaws in the day-to-day running of the show.”

While not all of the allegations were corroborated, the studio said it was “disappointed that the main findings of the investigation pointed to some shortcomings in the day-to-day management of the show.”

No details were made clear at the time and Warner Bros. had no further comment on Monday beyond confirmation of the producers’ departures.

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