A producer for the Ellen Show, reportedly, asked the staff of the daytime talk show not to talk to Ellen DeGeneres on set.
BuzzFeed spoke with 10 former employees of the Ellen Show, who shared their negative experiences while working for Ellen DeGeneres. One of them said that the comedian is not to be spoken to if the staff see her roaming backstage.
‘Ellen Show’s’ toxic work environment exposed
Other employees claimed that they were in a toxic work environment while working for DeGeneres. The producers and heads of the show also uttered racist remarks directed at some of them.
In May, DeGeneres’ former bodyguard, Tom Majercak, spoke with Fox News about his experiences working for the comedian. He said that he’d been assigned to several other A-listers, but DeGeneres is someone that he wouldn’t forget.
After all, Majercak described Portia de Rossi’s wife as cold and demeaning. After he greeted her, DeGeneres, reportedly, didn’t acknowledge the bodyguard’s presence. But her wife, de Rossi, was nice and friendly towards him.
Executive producers held a low-morale meeting without Ellen DeGeneres
Following Majercak’s interview, the executive producers of the Ellen Show, reportedly, felt the need to address the allegations of its toxic work environment. One employee said that they had a meeting on Zoom to address the negative stories and low morale.
One of the employees said that it is the responsibility of the producers and senior managers to make sure that the environment in the workplace isn’t negative. But since DeGeneres is the host of the show, she should also take responsibility for what takes place on set.
Ellen DeGeneres continues to stay silent
As of late, DeGeneres hasn’t responded to the allegations. And she has also stayed mum amid claims that she’s a mean girl. But the executive producers of Ellen Show provided a comment after learning about BuzzFeed’s interview with 10 unidentified former employees.
“Over the course of nearly two decades, 3,000 episodes, and employing over 1000 staff members, we have strived to create an open, safe, and inclusive work 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 has set for us,” the executive producers said in a statement.
Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner took responsibility for the complaints.
“For the record, the day to day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us. We take all of this very seriously and we realize, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better,” they said.
Ellen DeGeneres continues to host the hit daytime talk show.