On Monday, executive producers Andy Lassner and Mary Connelly delivered the news, which DeGeneres and the senior team were keen to add given how they produce over 170 shows a year.
Clearly, the “Ellen” show is not going anywhere despite WarnerMedia’s ongoing investigation, as Lassner previously stated.
The new benefits package, which also includes birthdays and time paid for medical appointments and family matters, also comes after DeGeneres, 62, addressed emotionally to his staff via Zoom on Monday and apologized for the incidents behind the scenes. She also admitted that she had no idea where the now infamous no-eye contact rule came from and encouraged employees to watch it.
Insiders told us that the new perks and a direct talk from DeGeneres this week have improved morale on set, as rehearsals for the DeGeneres spinoff show “Ellen’s Game of Games” have resumed. The talk show crew also began to return to work to wake up production desks and sound stages.
A separate source added that DeGeneres will return to the set next week and that some of the staff are excited to “get out” of the drama.