Ellen DeGeneres’ contract with Warner Bros. means no easy way out for either party

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It’s “common knowledge” in Hollywood that Ellen DeGeneres treats people “horribly” – and her bosses at Warner Bros. now face a tough decision on how to handle the comic and its lucrative TV deal, insiders tell Page Six.After several people described a “toxic culture” on Ellen’s show, the host blamed her executive producers, saying Thursday, “I’m hearing that the people who work with and for me are talking. in my name and distort who I am. ”

Then “Everybody Loves Raymond” actor Brad Garrett tweeted about the abuse, “It’s coming from the top … [I] know more than one who was treated horribly by her. Common knowledge. “Back to the Future” actress Lea Thompson added her voice to the crowd, responding to a tweet about Garrett’s statement with “True story.” This is. ”

A Hollywood insider said DeGeneres has been known to unleash attorney Marty Singer on people she says crossed paths with her.

Another Hollywood insider told Page Six, “Everyone knows that Ellen is mean and incredibly difficult. Now that Warners has launched an investigation, many employees are showing up with accounts they cannot ignore.

“It puts Warners in a difficult position contractually with Ellen – they’ve invested hundreds of millions of dollars into their deal with her. If they decide they want her out – which is looking more and more likely – that will be a big legal problem. Plus, she would never leave without her reputation intact.

The source added: “The other big problem is that there is no replacement for Ellen. ”

In 2016, DeGeneres started Ellen Digital Network under Warner Bros. Last May, when she finally signed a new deal to continue her daytime talk show until 2022, she said she was “torn” on the duration of the broadcast since it planned to produce documentaries through its digital subsidiary. His company, A Very Good Production, is also behind series for NBC and Discovery Channel as well as film adaptations.

Representatives from DeGeneres and Warner Bros. did not comment. The company said in a statement on Thursday: “We are disappointed that the main findings of the investigation pointed to certain deficiencies related to the day-to-day management of the show. “

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