Ellen DeGeneres’ apology to her current and former talk show employees fell flat on Monday – they accused her of using their problems to boost ratings.
The TV personality returned to her studio to kick off her show’s 18th season and immediately responded to complaints from staff members about behind-the-scenes toxicity on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Many employees have claimed DeGeneres has turned its back on her over workplace misconduct, prompting the Finding Dory star to apologize to staff earlier this summer.
Following an investigation, three producers were fired and Ellen insisted she would make changes to improve workplace conditions and culture, but waited until the 18th season premiere to speak. to the audience for the attack on her reputation as a “nice lady” “- and current and past employees were not happy with how she started the show.
“Not only did Ellen turn my trauma, turn our trauma into a joke, but she managed to do that about him,” a former employee told Buzzfeed News. “When she said, ‘Oh my summer has been great’ and it was supposed to be funny, I thought, ‘Funny you had a hard summer because everyone was calling all the allegations. of your toxic work environment, and now you ‘are you the one in pain?’ ”
A current employee questioned the timing of the apology: “It’s always tactical. The average person will listen to her and make their own choices, but what people don’t always take into account is that information is power, and she shares it now because it’s for the sake of it. first week and that’s to keep viewers coming back, and that just makes the opposite of what this post is about. ”
Another former staff member added, “When you talk about people who have accused his management of the seriousness of the sexual misconduct, I don’t think it’s appropriate to have jokes in the monologue. ”
During her opening monologue, Ellen said, “As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment on our show and then there was a 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 realize that comes with responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens on my show …
“Being known as the ‘be nice’ lady is a tough position to hold. So let me give you some advice if anyone is considering changing your title or giving you a nickname, don’t go with the ‘be nice’ lady. Don’t do it. The truth is, I am that person you see on TV. “