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‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ update: DJ Tony confirms toxic workplace


Ellen DeGeneres Show’s former DJ confirmed the toxicity in the workplace when he was still part of the show.

Ellen DeGeneres has been subjected to various allegations. Several claims that she is not kind in person but mean.

Just recently, WarnerMedia subjected her show to an internal investigation after employees complained of its toxic workplace. DJ Tony, who was part of the show for almost 10 years, confirmed it.

Ellen DeGeneres Show’s former DJ speaks about the toxic workplace

Tony Okungbowa, more known as DJ Tony to millions of viewers, was the DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for two stints. He was part of the show from 2003 to 2006 and returned in 2007 until 2013.

He took to Instagram to share his experience when he was still part of the show.

“Hey Guys, I hope you are all keeping safe out there during these trying times. I have been getting calls asking me about the Ellen Degeneres Show and I would like to address the time I spent there,” DJ Tony wrote.

“I was on air talent from 2003-2006 and from 2007 -2013. While I am grateful for the opportunity it afforded me, I did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment and I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace as the show moves forward.”

Former producer claims DeGeneres is aware of the toxic culture

DJ Tony was not the only popular figure who was part of the show to come forward and share their toxic experience on the show.

Hedda Muskat, one of the producers of The Ellen Show in 2003, experienced the same toxicity. Furthermore, she alleged that the host was aware of the “culture of fear.” She added that EP Ed Glavin was DeGeneres’ barking dog.

Moreover, she recalled an incident when Glavin yelled at a crew, and DeGeneres just laughed it off. Muskat said they were all shocked when it happened.

“He just went off on them. His whole face turned red… We were stunned. I was waiting for Ellen to say something. ‘Whoa, Ed, don’t talk like that,'” Muskat told The Wrap.

“Do you know what she did? She giggled. She crossed her legs up on the chair and she said, ‘Well, I guess every production needs their dog’…And from then we knew. Ed was going to be the barking dog – her dog.’ We don’t need a dog to get us do to our jobs…She was the only one giggling.”

DeGeneres apologized to staff

Ellen DeGeneres already apologized to her staff. She sent them a letter telling them she was disappointed that she failed to give them a happy workplace.

“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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