Ellen DeGeneres apologizes to staff after report of toxic culture at talk show

Ellen DeGeneres apologizes to staff after report of toxic culture at talk show

Ellen DeGeneres is apologizing to her staff in the wake of allegations that her talk show fosters a toxic environment.

DeGeneres sent an email to staffers at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday, which was first reported by Variety. CNN has confirmed the contents of the memo with a current employee.

In the letter, DeGeneres states she is “disappointed” after reports by BuzzFeed in which current and former staff members alleged they faced intimidation and racism.

“On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show,” DeGeneres wrote in part.

DeGeneres goes on to confirm that an internal investigation has been launched by the show’s distributor, Warner Bros. Television, which is owned by CNN’s parent company, WarnerMedia.

“Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues. As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again,” she said.

A statement from WarnerMedia released on Thursday stated, “Warner Bros. and Ellen DeGeneres take the recent allegations around the show’s workplace culture very seriously,” the statement read. “We hoped to determine the validity and extent of publicly reported allegations and to understand the full breadth of the show’s day-to-day culture.”

Blogs

When the “Victims” Strike Back

A lot of terms were used to describe the man that opened fire on Republicans members of Congress at their baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday.  “Bernie Sanders supporter”, “left wing extremist”, “disturbed”, and “troubled” were the most common used by those investigating the matter, those who were among the targets and those who…

Less Than Compelling

Usually us curmudgeons like to go on and on about how sports, music and movies were better in “our day”.  I think that you can add Congressional hearings to that list as well.  That’s what I was thinking during both the James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions testimony the last couple of weeks.  While…

Un-settling the Science

While James Comey was sucking up all the oxygen in the room, there was a pretty major science announcement last week.  It turns out that the human species might be much older than we originally thought.  Fossils found in Morocco place our earliest ancestors on the planet as far back as 350-thousand years ago.  Until…

Open Week

Welcome to US Open week here in Wisconsin.  Many of you will be venturing down to Erin (or Hartford or Richfield–I’ve seen all three used to describe the location of the course in stories) for practice rounds the next three days–or for the competitive rounds Thursday through Sunday (and possibly Monday–more on that later).  Here…