“As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment on our show and then there was an investigation. I’ve learned that things have happened here that should never have happened, ”DeGeneres said.
“I take this very seriously and want to say that I am very sorry for those affected. I know I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I’ve realized that comes with responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens on my show.
This is the first time DeGeneres has spoken publicly to viewers since BuzzFeed News reported dozens of current and former employees who said the show’s executive producers engaged in widespread sexual misconduct and harassment. . Another BuzzFeed News report in mid-July detailed accounts from former employees of racism, fear and bullying from senior executives. Executive producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman were then fired in August and WarnerMedia, the studio’s parent company, launched a third-party investigation.
The show filmed the episode on stage for the first time in months after recording DeGeneres’ house during quarantine, but there were no studio audiences due to the pandemic.
” This is The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I am Ellen DeGeneres. My name is there, my name is there, my name is on the underwear, ”DeGeneres continued. “We’ve had a lot of conversations over the past few weeks about the show, where we work and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today we are entering a new chapter. ”
DeGeneres also said she started saying the phrase “be nice” when a teenager named Tyler Clementi committed suicide after being bullied for being gay in 2010, but “being known as the woman” to be nice ”is a delicate position to occupy.
“I thought the world needed more kindness and it was a reminder that we all needed it, and I think we need it more than ever right now. Being known as the “be nice” lady is a tricky position to hold. So let me give you some advice if someone is considering changing your title or giving you a nickname, don’t go with the “be nice” lady. Do not do that. The truth is, I am that person you see on TV. ”
Following his monologue, DeGeneres also publicly announced that Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who has been DJing on his show since 2014, has been promoted to co-executive producer.
“This summer has been a bit crazy. It was intense, but during that time there was a lot of learning, a lot of talking, a lot of listening, ”said tWitch. “You and I have had a lot of discussions and for me I’m so excited to be back here in the studio so we can do what we do best which is bring laughter, laughter, love and fun and also lead by example by putting our best foot forward after a bounce. It’s all about love.
“Everything is love,” DeGeneres replied to tWitch. “That’s all that’s real is love. It’s the truth. ”
BuzzFeed News spoke to 75 current and former employees of The Ellen DeGeneres Show who said Glavin leads with intimidation and fear on a daily basis.
Included in the allegations, five former employees said Glavin touched them in a way that made them uncomfortable by placing his hand around their lower waist and rubbing their shoulders and back. Dozens of former employees also said Glavin “has a reputation for being handy with women,” especially in the control room.
A former employee also told BuzzFeed News that Leman asked him if he could give him an odd job or do a bathroom blowjob at a company party in 2013. Nearly a dozen former employees also said that it was also common for Leman to have sex. explicit comments in the office and engaging in other forms of harassment. Another former employee said Norman groomed him for a while by taking him to concerts and other work-related benefits and then one night tried to give him a blowjob.
Glavin did not respond to BuzzFeed News requests for comment. In an earlier statement to BuzzFeed News, Leman said he categorically denied “any sort of sexual impropriety.” Norman also said he “categorically 100% denies these allegations”.
BuzzFeed News also reported in August that executives became aware of allegations of a toxic work environment and sexism two years ago after a complaint was filed with an industry union alleging discrimination on grounds of discrimination. on sex, including sexist remarks made by major producers.
A spokesperson for Warner Bros. confirmed the 2018 complaint in a statement, but added, “There is nothing new or noteworthy about this issue. ”
“It was investigated by an external investigator and the allegations of sex discrimination were unsubstantiated,” the spokesperson said.
On Thursday, the executives of Warner Bros. addressed the workplace allegations, committing in internal memos obtained by BuzzFeed News to making institutional changes, including a mandate for HR and legal teams to “act on any issues that come before them.”
“I am both concerned and disappointed by the public reports of unacceptable behavior that have been raised in recent weeks,” said Jason Kilar, CEO of WarnerMedia.
Here is the full transcript of Ellen DeGeneres’ monologue:
“Oh my boy. Welcome to season 18 of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. If you watch because you love me, thank you. If you are watching because you don’t like me, welcome.
“How was everyone’s summer? Good yes? Mine was great. Super awesome. I’m so happy to be back in the studio. There are a lot of things I want to talk about. I was eager to tackle everything. Direct and unfortunately direct speaking to people has been prohibited for six months, so I have a virtual audience here instead. You are all here. You are gorgeous and I’m sure you smell great – that’s what I imagine anyway.
“Alright, let’s go. As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment on our show and then there was an investigation. I have learned that things have happened here that should never have happened. I guess that very seriously and I want to say that I am sorry for the people who were affected. I know I’m in a position of privilege and power, and I’ve realized that comes with responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens on my show. This is The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I am Ellen DeGeneres. My name is there, my name is there, my name is on the underwear. We’ve had a lot of conversations over the past few weeks about the show, where we work and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today we are entering a new chapter.
“There were also articles in the press and on social media that said I’m not who I appeared to be on TV, because I became known as the ‘be nice’ woman. And here’s how it happened: I started saying ‘be nice’ after a young man named Tyler Clementi committed suicide after being bullied for being gay. I thought the world needed more kindness and it was a reminder that we all needed it, and I think we need it more than ever. Being known as the “be nice” lady is a tricky position to hold. So let me give you some advice if someone is considering changing your title or giving you a nickname, don’t go with the “be nice” lady. Do not do it. The truth is, I am that person you see on TV.
“I am also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad, I get angry, I worry, I get frustrated, I get impatient. And I’m working on it all. I’m a work in progress, and I’m ‘I’m mostly working on impatience because, and it’s not going well, because it’s not happening fast enough, I’ll tell you.
“Look, you know, I don’t know, I’m a talk show host and you know that, but maybe some of you know, you know, I was an actress. I played a straight woman in movies so I’m a really good actress. But I don’t think I’m so good that I could come here everyday for 17 years and cheat on you. This is me and my intention is to always be the best person I can be. And if I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I’m so sorry for that. If it ever does, I let myself down and hurt myself too because I’m still trying to grow as a person. I see everything that comes into my life as an opportunity to learn. I got into this business to make people laugh and feel good – that’s what I prefer. That and Jenga, I love this game.
“And now I’m a boss of 270 people, 270 people who helped make this show what it is, 270 people for whom I’m so grateful. All I want is each one of them to be happy and proud to be working. It’s been a horrible summer for people all over the world. People are losing their jobs, people are losing loved ones to a pandemic, people are losing their homes and living in raging fires. There is flagrant racial injustice. around us. I watch the news and I feel like, Where do we even start? So I hope that we can still be a place of happiness and joy. I always want to be an hour a day where people can escape and laugh. I want to continue to help everyone we help every day. And I’m determined to make this the best season we’ve ever had. “