Ellen DeGeneres Responds to Claims of Workplace Toxicity: I Take Responsibility for What Happened

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Written by Anvita Singh | New Delhi |

Updated: Sep 22, 2020 6:00:33 PM





Ellen DeGeneres began her 18th season by responding to workplace toxicity claims. (Photo: AP Images)Famous American host Ellen DeGeneres kicked off the 18th season of her The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday with respond to workplace toxicity claims. DeGeneres had promised earlier that she would discuss the charges in her pilot episode.

She started off with a joke and then apologized to those affected by the unsanitary work environment. Speaking to a virtual audience, she said, “How was everyone’s summer? Mine was great! I was eager to speak directly to people. As you may have heard, there was an allegation 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 take this very seriously and want to say that I am sorry for those affected. I know I’m in a position of privilege and power, and that comes with responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens on my show.

Ellen DeGeneres added that she and her team made the necessary changes and promised a fresh start with her final season. She also admitted that she is not perfect and that she is also making changes personally.

“We have made the necessary changes and today we are entering a new chapter. There were also articles in the press and social media that said I am not who I appear to be on TV because I became known as the “be nice” woman. Being known as the “be nice” woman is a tricky position to take. 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. I’ve played a straight woman in movies, so I’m a really good actress. But I don’t think I’m that good that I could come here for 17 years and cheat on you… I’m a boss of 270 people, 270 people who help make this show what it is. All I want is each one of them to be happy and proud to be working here, ”concluded DeGeneres.

During the summer, several ex-employees and one current employee alleged that they were treated unfairly on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. While one employee said she had been the victim of racial discrimination, a few complained of sexual misconduct. The unidentified employees had also said that some of them were fired after taking time off for medical and personal reasons. The claims have caused quite a stir as The Ellen DeGeneres Show is known for its warm humor and good-humored episodes.

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