With culture in the exhibition of her eponym under fire, Ellen DeGeneres is speaking.
In a letter to her crew, obtained from her The Hollywood Reporter, DeGeneres addresses the alleged misconduct in the workplace, which was detailed in A Buzzfeed a story published earlier this month. The widely circulated piece includes a number of anonymous accusations of former employees of racism, intimidation, unfair stoppage and a general toxic work culture, carried out by the show’s top producers. The report led to an internal investigation by the parent of WarnerMedia Telepictures, which he said is now completely complete.
In her note, DeGeneres takes responsibility, until the show bears her name, and insists steps will be taken to “correct the issues” going forward. “As we grew exponentially, I couldn̵7;t stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their job because they knew I wanted to do it. Clearly some didn’t,” she writes. “Now it’s going to change and I’m committed to making sure that this will not happen again. “
While neither she nor Warner Brothers comment on the fate of specific employees, two sources say THR that executive producer Ed Glavin – one of the show’s three EPs, and the one most at the center of many of the worst claims – is among those who will be leaving. “Once he’s out, it’s going to be a new day,” says a source close to the show, one of two who claims DeGeneres was largely kept protected from Glavin’s handling or mismanagement of staff every day. Others are expected to be out as well.
In a statement to Buzzfeed on her reporting, Glavin, along with EPs Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner, said: “Over nearly two decades, 3,000 episodes, and employing more than 1000 staff members, we strive to create open, safe and inclusive work. The environment. 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 set for us. “
At the top of her letter, DeGeneres, who a source says was discouraged from addressing the allegations while the investigation was being conducted, acknowledges the irony of such accusations coming during a show she herself dubbed “a place of ‘joy.’ In light of some of the recent accusations, she also took the opportunity to remind those who read her own past struggles with a stretched feeling, having left the industry and the subject of threats of multiple deaths after emerging as a gay in the late 1990s. “As someone who has been judged and almost lost everything for simply being who I am,” she writes, “I really understand and have deep compassion for those who are looking differently, or treated unfairly, unequally, or – worse – ignored. “
The talk show, a commercial smash on its 17thth the season, has been renewed in 2019 for another three years, reaching 2022. That news came after DeGeneres was revealed in an interview with The New York Times, tied to her special Netflix, which she had flirted with the idea of calling her a stop at the show “all the time.” It’s hard to imagine some of those feelings that haven’t resurfaced in recent weeks and months, with a source close to her revealing that she was “crushed” by everything that happened late, including a press round since April that suggested , inaccurately, that she was not paying her crew during the lockdown.
In a statement to THRA spokesman for Warner Bros. said: “Warner Bros. and Ellen DeGeneres take recent allegations around the show’s workplace culture seriously. We hoped to determine the validity and scope of the allegations. publicly reported and understand the full breadth of the show’s everyday culture.As a result, WarnerMedia interviewed dozens of current and former employees about the environment. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It was important to both Warner Bros. and Ellen that as many people connected to the program as possible could be heard. The Ellen DeGeneres Show it is, and always strives to be, a place that brings positivity to the world. And although not all allegations were corroborated, we are disappointed that the primary findings of the investigation indicated some shortcomings related to the day-to-day management of the show. We have identified several staff changes, along with appropriate measures to address the issues raised, and are taking the first steps to implement them. Warner Bros. and Ellen DeGeneres are all committed to ensuring a workplace based on respect and inclusion. We are confident that this course of action will lead us to the right path forward for the show. “
Below is DeGeneres’ full letter to its employees:
Hey everyone – it’s Ellen. The first one of our shows, I told everyone at our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show was a place of joy – no one ever raises their voice, and everyone is treated with respect. Obviously, something has changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this was not the case. And for that, I’m sorry. Anyone who knows me knows that it is the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show.
I could not have had the success I had without all your contributions. My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that. Together with Warner Bros., we immediately began an internal investigation and are taking steps, together to resolve the issues. As we grew exponentially, I couldn’t stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their job because they knew I wanted to do them. Clearly some were not. That will now change and I am committed to making sure this does not happen again.
I am also learning that the people who work with me and for me are speaking on my behalf and misrepresenting who I am and who should stop. As someone who has been judged and almost lost everything for simply being who I am, I truly understand and have deep compassion for those who are being examined differently, or treated unfairly, unequally, or – worse – ignored. That I think any of you have felt this way is awful to me.
It’s been too long, but in the end we’re having conversations about fairness and fairness. We all want to be more aware of how our words and actions affect others, and I’m glad that the issues in our show have been brought to our attention. I promise to do my part by continuing to push myself and everyone around me to learn and grow. It’s important to me and to Warner Bros. that anyone who has something to say can talk and feel safe.
I am so proud of the work we do and the fun and joy that we all help in the world. I want everyone at home to love our show and I want everyone who makes it to love working on it. Again, I am very sorry for anyone who has not had that experience. If not for COVID, I did it personally, and I can’t wait to be back on our stage and see you all.
Stay safe and healthy.