The Ellen DeGeneres Show is facing an investigation after a series of reports of workplace bullying and a ‘toxic work environment.’
According to Variety, the internal review has been launched by WBTV-owner WarnerMedia’s employee relations group, in collaboration with a third-party group, whereas the employees will be thoroughly interviewed about their experiences on set.
The memo explaining the process was sent to employees last week and follows after a number of workers slammed the show’s “toxic work environment” and accused several executive producers of “bullying.”
“The issue is these three executive producers [Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner] running the show who are in charge of all these people [and] who make the culture and are putting out this feeling of bullying and being mean,” a source told Buzzfeed.
“They feel that everybody who works at The Ellen Show is lucky to work there: ‘So if you have a problem, you should leave because we’ll hire someone else because everybody wants to work here.’”
One former employee has also claimed they got sacked for taking a one-month medical leave following their suicide attempt.
“You’d think that if someone just tried to kill themselves, you don’t want to add any more stress to their lives,” they said.
Another employee insisted she had been subjected to “microaggressions” and accused of “walking around looking resentful and angry” after requesting those in charge to have staff undergo diversity and inclusion training.
Previously, in April, the production staff had also complained about the lack of transparency and pay cuts due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the reports, their pay was cut by 40 percent, whereas the show hired an external company to film while quarantined at home.
While the employees haven’t accused 62-year-old Ellen of any misconduct, some have alleged they were told they’re not allowed to speak to her.
“If she wants to have her own show and have her name on the show title, she needs to be more involved to see what’s going on,” one former employee allegedly expressed.
“I think the executive producers surround her and tell her, ‘Things are going great, everybody’s happy,’ and she just believes that, but it’s her responsibility to go beyond that.”
Following the employees’ accusations going viral, a number of people have also taken to social media to share their own allegations concerning Ellen and her show.
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