Ellen DeGeneres addressed toxic work environment allegations against The Ellen DeGeneres Show during her season 18 premiere monologue.
She took responsibility and apologized to those she hurt.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show is back, and Ellen DeGeneres wasted no time in addressing the allegations that she fostered a toxic work environment in which racism, sexual harassment, and bullying were commonplace.
Starting off the first monologue of season 18, Ellen said:
"As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I'm in a position of privilege and power and I realized that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show."
She went on to acknowledge her position as the boss of 27o employees and the face of the show. "This is The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I am Ellen DeGeneres. My name is there, my name is there, my name is on underwear," she added. "We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace, and what we want for the future." And when she said that the show "made the necessary changes" and is "starting a new chapter," she applauded along with her virtual audience.
Ellen also spoke about how these allegations are especially troubling since she built her show off of being kind. "Being known as the ‘be kind’ lady is a tricky position to be in," she admitted. The host went on to say, "The truth is I am that person that you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad, I get mad, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient—and I am working on all of that. I am a work in progress."
Ellen wrapped up her opening segment by saying her intentions are always to be the best person she can be, and she apologized to those she let down.
In August, the company's internal investigation concluded with Ellen addressing her staffers via video conference to apologize and confirm producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman were fired. Andy Lassner, however, will return and made that clear in a video statement in which he reduced the allegations to "stuff."
Anyway, season 18 is upon us, and Ellen said she's ready to move on and be a better boss. TBD on what her former and current employees who came forward about the work environment think of all this.
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