As more and more stories began to spread, actor Brad Garrett took to the rumors on Twitter, calling the treatment of DeGeneres staff “common knowledge” in the industry. Thompson, who responded to a tweet written by PEOPLE Beyond Garrett’s remarks, he simply admitted that what he was saying was true. The numerous allegations even prompted WarnerMedia, the parent company behind the talk show, to launch an investigation. DeGeneres herself also apologized for the allegations in a note to her staff.
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– Lea Thompson (@LeaKThompson) July 31, 2020
Admittedly, the apology didn’t go very well, with some seeing it as DeGeneres’ attempt to shift the blame on itself and its executive producers. “On the first day 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, “the note read.” Obviously, something has changed, and I’m disappointed to hear that it hasn’t. was not the case. And for that, I’m sorry. Anyone who knows me knows this is the opposite of what I believe and hoped for on our show. ”
She went on to write that she was “happy” that the issues had now been brought to her attention while also promising him that she and everyone else involved would “learn and grow” from it. “It’s important to me and to Warner Bros. that everyone who has something to say can speak up and feel safe, ”she writes. This speech would have been better done in public, but with COVID-19 halting production, DeGeneres said she would have to just apologize in the memo. While she went on to write that she was “so proud of the work we do and the fun and joy that we all help bring to the world,” she reportedly spoke of leaving the show as the stories on his behavior continued to emerge. the woodwork.