In a memo to staff last week, DeGeneres said she intends to ‘correct’ issues raised by behind-the-scenes sexual harassment and racist behavior on her daytime show, saying she didn’t had “not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others doing their jobs like they knew I would like them to do”.
“Obviously, some didn’t,” DeGeneres wrote. “Now that will change and I am committed to making sure that does not happen again.”While DeGeneres has not specified what reforms will be taken, The Ellen DeGeneres Show executive producer Ed Glavin will be fired, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
BuzzFeed News reported on Thursday that he spoke with 36 former employees, many of whom corroborated incidents of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault. The outlet reported that the allegations included sexual misconduct between executives and lower-level employees, including requests for sex.
Last month, Ellen’s producer Telepictures and her distributor, Warner Bros., sent out a memo requesting interviews from former and current employees about their day-to-day experiences on the show.
In a statement, Warner Bros. said it was “disappointed that the main findings of the investigation point to certain shortcomings in the day-to-day management of the show.”
The studio added that it had “identified several staff changes, as well as appropriate actions to address the issues that were raised, and [is] take the first steps to implement them ”.
But sources from Telepictures said DeGeneres, 62, was considering stepping down from the 17-year-old talk-TV franchise.
“She feels she can’t go on and the only way to get her personal mark back is to shut down the show,” an insider told the Daily Mail on Friday.
“The truth is, she knew what was going on – it’s her show. The male stops with her. She can blame all the executives under the sun – but ultimately it’s Ellen who is to blame.
One staff member reportedly said, “She’s only dealing with this now because the publicity is so bad for her and her mark of happiness and kindness BS… every time she told viewers to choose kindness, I was throwing up a bit in my mouth because she always chose the opposite.
Among the allegations was one made by a black woman who said she was micro-assaulted and accused of “walking around with an air of resentment and anger” after asking staff for training. on diversity and inclusion.
Brad Garrett, an actor on Everybody Loves Raymond, tweeted: “Sorry but this is from above @TheEllenShow. Know more than one who has been treated horribly by her.
Australian radio host Neil Breen described the rules he claims were given for interviewing DeGeneres in 2013. “No one should talk to Ellen. So you don’t talk to her, you don’t approach, you don’t look at her, she will come in, she will sit down, she will talk [the co-host] Richard and Ellen will be leaving… ”
In his statement to staff, DeGeneres said, “On the first day of our show, I told everyone at our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of bliss – no one would ever raise the voice, and everyone would be treated with respect.
“As a person who has been judged and who has lost almost everything to be who I am, I truly understand and have a deep compassion for those who are viewed differently, or treated unfairly, not equal or – worse – ignored. To think that either of you felt this is horrible to me.