‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ student DJ tWitch to co-executive producer

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Ellen DeGeneres’ resident DJ Stephen “tWitch” Boss has been named co-executive producer of the daytime talk show, two people familiar with the decision say Variety.The news was first announced during a very moving speech by DeGeneres to her staff “Ellen Show” on Monday, where she was faced with months of reports of a toxic work environment and racism.

The host has expressed a desire to “come back in force” in the upcoming 18th season of her syndicated franchise, a Warner Bros. institution. TV, with a renewed commitment to diversity. DeGeneres said Boss has already been helpful to this extent. The promotion will give the host more influence in the programming and work culture, added an insider.

Less than a week ago, Boss told UsWeekly that “there are obviously things to be worked out, but from my perspective and countless others, there has been love. I’m going to stick with that until there’s a point where we can speak more publicly. ”

A July report from BuzzFeed contained a series of racist accusations about behavior towards employees of color. During Monday’s call, DeGeneres said the reports had left him heartbroken. As Variety Exclusively, DeGeneres also announced that a trio of top producers accused of sexual misconduct have been fired.

Executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman have all been ousted following damning allegations raised in recent reports by Buzzfeed and Variety. Veterans “Ellen” Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner and Derek Westervelt will remain on the show as executive producers alongside host DeGeneres. Connelly, Lassner and Westervelt have been part of the series since its inception in 2003.

Boss also appears in the variety series “Ellen’s Game of Games” alongside DeGeneres, and hosts the series “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings” with his wife Allison Holker for Disney Plus. Also credited as a longtime choreographer and dancer, Boss film credits include “Blades of Glory”, “Hairspray” and “Magic Mike XXL”.

Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report.



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