Ellen DeGeneres' Opening Monologue Gets Slammed for Being Completely "Tone Deaf"

Mehera Bonner
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Photo credit: YouTube

From House Beautiful

  • Ellen DeGeneres is getting backlash for all the jokes she made during her show's opening monologue.

  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been accused of being a toxic work environment rife with racism and bullying.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is back for a brand new season, and Ellen went ahead and addressed toxic work environment allegations in her opening monologue. While Ellen took responsibility, she also peppered the monologue with jokes—like, "This is The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I am Ellen DeGeneres. My name is there, my name is there, my name is on underwear."

She also appears to have made reference to rumors she doesn't let staff look her in the eye, saying, "I'm excited to see all of my staff and my crew. Hi everybody. Please don't look me in the eye. Oh, I'm kidding. But I will be passing out gum for everyone. Kidding again."

The jokes didn't go over too well, with some viewers calling her tone deaf:

Meanwhile, a former employee told BuzzFeed News, “Not only did Ellen turn my trauma, turn our traumas, into a joke, she somehow managed to make this about her. When she said, ‘Oh my summer was great’ and that was supposed to be funny I thought, ‘It’s funny that you had a rough summer because everyone was calling out all of the allegations of your toxic work environment and now you’re the one suffering?’”

Watch Ellen's monologue below:

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