In her first episode again on the air for the autumn TV season, Ellen DeGeneres on Monday addressed the poisonous office allegations on the set that led to an inner investigation and the ousting of three prime producers and apologized to viewers, saying she takes accountability for “what happens on my show.”
Ellen DeGeneres throughout a taping of “The Ellen DeGeneres Present” Season 13 on September 8, 2015 in New … [+] York Metropolis. (Picture by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
There was turmoil at The Ellen DeGeneres Present since mid-July when present and former staff informed BuzzFeed about incidents of racism, intimidation and sexual harassment on set.
DeGeneres apologized in her opening monologue, which first appeared in a YouTube video and can seem on her present set to air Monday afternoon across the nation, mentioned she “learned that things happened here that never should have happened.”
DeGeneres mentioned executives have “made the necessary changes” and the group is “starting a new chapter,” and apologized to group members who have been affected by the tradition on set.
DeGeneres additionally apologized to viewers saying, “This is me and my intention is to always be the best person I can be,” including, “And if I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I am so sorry for that.”
Warner Bros. executives reportedly addressed the office allegations on Thursday, committing in inner memos obtained by BuzzFeed Information to make institutional adjustments, together with a mandate for HR and authorized groups “to act on any issues that are brought to them.”
WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar reportedly informed employees: “I’m each involved and disenchanted by public stories concerning patterns of unacceptable habits which have been raised in latest weeks.”
DeGeneres was in a roundabout way implicated within the poisonous allegations and the present’s govt producers mentioned they owned the “day to day responsibility” of the present. Two weeks after the allegations have been made public, DeGeneres reportedly apologized to employees and mentioned Warner Bros. guardian firm WarnerMedia and a third-party agency launched an inner investigation into the working situations on the present and would interview present and former staff. Hours after DeGeneres’ apology, dozens of former staff of the present accused a number of govt producers of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault in a second BuzzFeed Information report. Warner Bros. didn’t touch upon the sexual misconduct allegations, citing the present investigation, however mentioned in an earlier assertion that the first findings indicated some “deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management” leading to staffing adjustments and different “appropriate measures” to handle the problems. After hypothesis that the present could possibly be canceled or that DeGeneres would get replaced, govt producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman, each named within the second BuzzFeed report, and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman have been ousted in August.
“There were also articles in the press and on social media that said that I am not who I appeared to be on TV, because I became known as the ‘be kind’ lady,” she mentioned. “Here’s how that happened: I started saying, ‘be kind to one another’ after a young man named Tyler Clementi took his own life after being bullied for being gay. I thought the world needed more kindness and it was a reminder that we all needed that, and I think we need it more than ever right now.”
“Ellen Present” Executives Knew Of Poisonous Office Allegations In 2018 (BuzzFeed Information)
Dozens Of Former “Ellen Show” Workers Say Govt Producers Engaged In Rampant Sexual Misconduct And Harassment (BuzzFeed Information)
Former Workers Say Ellen’s “Be Kind” Speak Present Mantra Masks A Poisonous Work Tradition (BuzzFeed Information)
‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Office Underneath Investigation by WarnerMedia (Selection)
Why Ellen DeGeneres Received’t Be Canceled (Forbes)