Ellen DeGeneres is reportedly considering quitting her hit TV show after allegations of a toxic work environment plunged her into crisis.
The comedian and presenter, one of America’s hottest celebrities, sent staff an emotional message this week promising changes at the award-winning ceremony. Spectacle Ellen DeGeneres.
The email followed an internal investigation by Warner Bros. Television, which produces the program, into complaints of bullying, sexual misconduct and racism among production staff.
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The company said “not all of the allegations were substantiated” but was “disappointed that the main findings of the investigation point to some shortcomings in the day-to-day management of the show.”
A source from Telepictures, a subsidiary of Warner Bros., told the Daily mail DeGeneres was now ready to leave the program, which first aired in 2003.
“She feels she can’t go on and the only way to get her personal mark back is to shut down the series,” the insider said.
“The truth is she knew what was going on, this is 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.
The show’s problems began to emerge with allegations made by several former staff members in a BuzzFeed News article that presented a radically different take on life behind the cameras from the upbeat and positive mood presented by DeGeneres.
Dozens of former employees have since lifted the veil on an alleged culture of intimidation and sexual harassment behind the scenes of the program, some of which say the workplace was “dominated by fear.”
Warner Bros. promised staff changes and other unspecified measures, while DeGeneres said she was happy her production team “is finally having conversations about fairness and justice.”
“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 wrote in an email to staff on Thursday.
“Obviously something has changed and I am disappointed to hear that it hasn’t. ”
She added, “We all need to be more aware of how our words and actions affect others. ”
But the Telepictures source suggested “at this point, there’s really no way to save the show from this PR nightmare, so Ellen’s departure might be the only way to make all this mess go away.”
Other insiders at the production company have expressed skepticism about the host’s apology.
“She’s only dealing with this now because the publicity is so bad for her and her BS brand of happiness and kindness,” a staff member told Daily mail.