The Ellen Show Facing Internal Investigation Following Complaints Of A Toxic Work Environment
Warner Brothers has launched an internal investigation of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” following a number of complaints regarding a hostile work environment.
According to reports by Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, a memo was sent to employees of the show last week, which stated Warner Brothers will be talking to current and former employees about their experiences on the set of the talk show, according to sources who have knowledge regarding the email’s contents. The people will be interviewed by WarnerMedia’s employee relations group and a third party firm that has not yet been specified, Variety reports.
‘The Ellen Show’ is officially being internally investigated by WarnerMedia for workplace misconduct
The investigation comes after multiple complaints were made about the working conditions on set, including racism and intimidation.
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A couple of weeks ago accounts from one current and 10 ex-employees who anonymously reported being subjected to a toxic work environment were released to the public.
A number of people alleged they were fired after taking medical leave or bereavement days and were subjected to favoritism by executives, with one other person claiming they faced ‘microaggressions’. Recently, executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner spoke to E! News and said they were taking the situation “very seriously.”
“We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience. It’s not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us,” they said. “For the record, the day to day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us… We take all of this very seriously and we realize, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better.”
A source close to production of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has confirmed to NBC News that Warner Media has launched an internal investigation into the show amid reports alleging a toxic work environment. @Miguelnbc has more. pic.twitter.com/fhYLrEqbwL
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Ellen herself has so far not commented on the case.
The show’s Instagram comments section was disabled shortly after the news came to light.
Warner Brothers declined to comment on this.
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