“I’ve had calls asking about the ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ and I’d like to talk about my time there. I was a talent on the air from 2003 to 2006 and from 2007 to 2013. Although I am grateful for the opportunity it gave me, I have experienced and felt the toxicity of the environment and I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace as the show progresses, ”he wrote.
Known as DJ Tony on the show, Okungbowa began appearing on the show in 2003 and continued to be in over 1,600 episodes during his tenure. In 2013, he left the talk show and was replaced by Stephen “tWitch” Boss. Okungbowa has continued his acting career since leaving and recently landed a recurring role in “Bob Hearts Abhishola” on CBS.
Variety exclusively reported that “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” was under official investigation for its labor issues by WarnerMedia at the end of July. Since then, DeGeneres has apologized to her staff in a memo, saying she was “disappointed to learn” that the show was not the “place of happiness” she intended to be. to be.