Ellen Apologizes to Staff in "Emotional" Video Call and Says She's a "Multi-Layered Person"

Mehera Bonner
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Photo credit: FOX - Getty Images
Photo credit: FOX - Getty Images

From Prevention

  • Ellen DeGeneres has apologized to her staff in an "emotional" video call where she promised to make herself more available.

  • Three of Ellen's producers have left the show following claims of racism and sexual misconduct.

Ellen DeGeneres has apologized to her staff via video call amid claims that her show is a toxic work environment. A source who was on the call tells People that Ellen said she "wasn't perfect," and explained that she's a "multi-layered person" who is trying to "be the best person I can be" and "learn from my mistakes." She also reportedly said “I’m hearing that some people felt that I wasn’t kind or too short with them, or too impatient. I apologize to anybody if I’ve hurt your feelings in any way.”

The source said "Ellen was emotional," during the video call, and that "she was emphatic about making it better and making herself more available."

"She acknowledged she can be introverted at times and she apologized if that was ever seen as hurtful," the source explained. "They’re putting in real structures and resources for people so this never happens again and that is extremely important to Ellen. She was emotional seeing everybody. They’re family."

The apology comes as The Ellen DeGeneres Show parts ways with producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman, and Jonathan Norman following reports of bullying, sexual misconduct, and racism on set.

According to People, Stephen "tWitch" Boss has been promoted to co-executive producer. tWitch previously opened up to Us Weekly about what's happening on set of The Ellen Show, saying “We can’t speak too much legally about it, but I’ll say this, there’s been love. Obviously there’s some things to address, but from my standpoint and from countless others, there’s been love. I’ll just leave it at that until there’s a time where we can address more publicly. There’s been love and there will continue to be love.”

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