Ellen DeGeneres has already addressed the allegations of racism, harassment, toxicity, and misconduct on her show. However, some of her current and former workers were not happy with her monologue.
Ellen DeGeneres’ staff didn’t appreciate how the Emmy award-winning host poked fun at the allegations by sarcastically telling viewers her summer was “good,” “great,” and “super terrific.”
“If anybody’s thinking of changing their title or giving yourself a nickname, do not go with the ‘be kind’ lady. Don’t do it,” the 63-year-old host said in her studio.
Some workers also felt that DeGeneres’ apology and statements were insincere.
After the summer hiatus of the show, Ellen DeGeneres returned for the 18th season of the premiere.
Current and former crew members of The Ellen DeGeneres Show think her monologue was tone-deaf.
A current worker told Buzzfeed News that they had been frustrated with little communication from their supervisors on where the show is headed for this season.
Some staff was also disappointed that the Finding Dory star inserted inappropriate jokes while talking about her staff’s traumas.
A former Ellen Show employee said that they don’t believe it’s appropriate to insert joke around in the monologue especially having accused of serious misconduct.
It was also revealed that all of their job tasks were put on hold until DeGeneres said her monologue.
A current employee stated that they’re relieved that the show is moving forward and still had their jobs. However, they don’t buy Ellen DeGeneres’ apology.
They told Buzzfeed News, “It’s always tactical. The average person will listen to it and make their own choices, but what people don’t always take into account is the information of power.”
DeGeneres is only doing these now because “it’s for premiere week” and “to get viewers back,” most current employees stated.
There were also former team members of The Ellen DeGeneres Show who believe the LGBTQ+ icon was swerving away from being responsible for her show’s “be kind motto” despite making it her entire brand.
“She’s acting like it was something she said in passing that just stuck with her,” one former staff shared with Buzzfeed News. “It’s not something that stuck with her; it’s not an accident.”
“There’s nothing wrong with being the ‘be kind lady’ if you’re actually true to your word,” they continued.
It should’ve been Warner instead of Ellen DeGeneres
Another former worker who became part of WarnerMedia’s investigation of the show said they weren’t happy to watch Ellen DeGeneres’ monologue.
Instead of DeGeneres, some staff preferred for someone at Warner Bros. to reach out to them instead of the host going on air to “publicly apologize.”
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