Ellen DeGeneres Show’s future remains bleak after it was put under investigation. It is also facing another round of controversy, prompting staff to be concerned about the stability of their job.
Ellen DeGeneres has been hosting her show for over a decade already. However, the staff fears that it might be over for good.
Ellen DeGeneres Show over?
Ellen DeGeneres Show is under fire after current, and former employees complained about its toxic workplace. Earlier this week, Warner Bros. decided to put the show under internal investigation.
However, on July 30, BuzzFeed News released a new report claiming that its producers were involved in sexual misconduct.
Kevin Leman allegedly made sexual advances toward staffers. Ed Glavin reportedly touched female staffers inappropriately. And Jonathan Normal was accused of grooming a male employee in hopes of performing oral sex on him.
Due to the strings of controversies plaguing the show, the staffers fear that the show might be axed.
“Staffers are texting and calling each other freaking out as they fear Ellen [DeGeneres] will quit or that the show will be cancelled,” an insider told Us Weekly.
“The show feels done. It’s going to be very hard to turn this around.”
DeGeneres’ contract examined
Although the staff’s concern has grounds, it’s unlikely that they will lose their jobs anytime soon.
First, the producers already said that they are not canceling the show.
Second, DeGeneres’ contract with Warner Bros. doesn’t make it easy for both of them to just end the contract and move on.
“Everybody knows Ellen is mean and incredibly difficult. Now that Warners has launched an investigation, there are a lot of employees coming forward with accounts they can’t ignore,” an insider told Page Six.
“This puts Warners in a difficult position contractually with Ellen — they put hundreds of millions of dollars into their deal with her. If they decide they want her out — which looks increasingly likely — this will be a big legal problem. Plus, she’d never leave without her reputation intact.”
The tipster added that Ellen DeGeneres is someone who is not easy to replace. The daytime talk show host has been doing her job for years, and she does it well.
“The other big problem is there is no replacement for Ellen,” the insider added.
DeGeneres apologized to her staff
Meanwhile, Ellen DeGeneres already addressed the crew’s complaints about the workplace. She apologized to them for failing to give them a “happy” working environment.
DeGeneres said that she wanted to provide a workplace where they could freely open up and feel safe doing so.
“Hey everybody — it’s Ellen. 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,” she wrote in a letter obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
“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.”
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