Ellen DeGeneres may be ready to say goodbye to her talk show as an investigation into the workplace toxicity claims is underway.
According to a new report, DeGeneres, 62, has spoken to executives at Warner Bros. and Telepictures, the company that produces the show, to let them know that they are considering removing the listing altogether.
“She feels she can’t go on and the only way to get her personal brand back is to shut down the show,” a Telepictures insider told The Daily Mail.
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DeGeneres broke its silence Thursday to address the recent backstage culture vilification of the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” in a memo to staff.
“On day one 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.” , she began. “Obviously, something has changed, and I’m disappointed to hear that it hasn’t. 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. ”
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DeGeneres insisted the culture as reported “will now change”, swearing that she “is committed to making sure this doesn’t happen again.”
While the host suggested she was not fully aware of the alleged off-camera bullying, the Telepictures source claimed she “knew what was going on”.
“This is his show,” the insider continued. “The responsibility ends with it. She can blame all the executives under the sun – but ultimately it’s Ellen who is to blame. ”
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The allegations first surfaced in April, when anonymous members of the production team claimed they had not been made aware of their salary or job status at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. .
Additionally, tales of “cold” behavior from the 62-year-old actress herself, including her former bodyguard, began to pile up.
The show took another hit this week when Buzzfeed released a report based on interviews with 36 staff. Several allegations of sexual misconduct by lead producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman.
According to the report, a former employee of the daytime show accused Leman of soliciting oral sex at a company party in 2013, while another former staff member claimed to have seen the manager grab a production assistant’s penis on another occasion.
Nearly a dozen employees also said that it was not unusual for Leman to make crass and sexual jokes in the office disguised as “sarcasm”.
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Additionally, dozens of employees understood that Glavin “had a reputation for being comfortable with women,” especially in the control room, where he used bullying to control employees.
Three staff members then corroborated the claim that Norman had treated a former staff member and attempted to give him a blowjob. Leman and Norman vehemently denied the allegations.
Before the sex claims came to light, Glavin’s executive producers Andy Lassner and Mary Connelly released a statement throwing DeGeneres’ blame on themselves.
“We are truly heartbroken and sorry to hear that even someone in our production family has had a negative experience,” they said. “It’s not who we are and what we strive to be, nor what Ellen’s mission is for us.
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The statement explained that “the day-to-day responsibility for… the show lies entirely” with the producers.
Earlier this week, Eric Schiffer, president of Reputation Management Consultants, weighed in on the controversy, concluding that DeGeneres faces “a dangerous period in his career.” Any discovery revealing a toxic workplace “would be an apocalyptic end to his television career,” he added.
A representative for DeGeneres and the show did not immediately respond to Fox News requests for comment.