Ellen finally addresses critics of show's toxic set as staffing changes loom

Ellen finally addresses critics of show's toxic set as staffing changes loom

Ellen finally addresses critics of show's toxic set as staffing changes loom

The email, which was published in full by The Hollywood Reporter, also referred to the public fallout DeGeneres endured after coming out as gay in the 1990s. Most recently, Australian media exec Neil Breen went live this week during his radio show, 4BC Breakfast with Neil Breen, when he told a truly ridiculous story about the daytime host from a sit-down they had several years ago. He said they were warned not to look at her, and that everyone who worked with her "walked on eggshells".

Only time will tell if the probe will clear her name or bring the show to its downfall.

According to Forbes, DeGeneres also makes money from producing other shows and from her lines of products at companies including PetSmart and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

"Because it's The Ellen Show, they controlled everything".

"As someone who was judged and almost lost everything for just being who I am, I truly understand and have deep compassion for those being looked at differently, or treated unfairly, not equal, or - worse - disregarded", DeGeneres added. They managed the interview seats, the lights, how it would work, whatever.

The star and host of the show previously remained silent on the matter, but she has now come forward to apologise to staff who were treated inappropriately. Ellen's going to come to 10: 15, and she'll be being in this chair. A female staffer also claims she saw Leman "grope a production assistant in a vehicle and kiss his neck" in May 2017.

Executives reportedly sent a memo to staff last week saying they have engaged an employee relations group and a third party firm, "who will interview current and former staffers about their experiences on set", as per Variety.

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In total, BuzzFeed News spoke to "36 former employees, many of whom independently corroborated incidents of harassment, sexual misconduct, and assault from top producers like Leman".

However, all this has been put into question after an investigation was opened due to many accusations from former and current employees about bullying and a lot of toxicity at the working place.

Play VideoEllen mocked her staff in 2013 by revealing their Facebook photos posted to their personal pages to the audience.

"That "be kind" [stuff] only happens when the cameras are on".

The employees detail incidents in which they say they were sidelined, disciplined or fired for speaking up about discrimination, taking a mental health leave, attending family funerals or setting up a GoFundMe page to cover medical costs not covered by their workplace health insurance.

Others claimed that raising complaints about offensive or racist comments from colleagues saw them labelled as "PC police".

Other employees alleged inappropriate touching took place, with numerous allegations made against executive producer Ed Glavin.

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