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:
This doesn’t seem authentic
— Michelle Plant (@michellesplant) September 21, 2020
Ellen’s statement was tone deaf.
— Meredith (@losthousewife) September 21, 2020
watching Ellen’s “apology” monologue like pic.twitter.com/DKuC5nKNOZ
— becca ✨ (@beccalikeya) September 21, 2020
Ellen was accused of horrible workplace behavior by MANY people and decided it was cool to insert shitty jokes in her monologue
— mia ♕ (@averagekpopslut) September 21, 2020
Ellen Degeneres’ monologue/apology would’ve seemed so much more sincere without the jokes and clapping in between
— Nikita 🐼 (@Nikitaa_Gx) September 21, 2020
ellen degeneres using her first monologue back after allegations of a toxic work environment to make jokes about how she's impatient and not a good enough actress to fake being a nice person for 18 years just grosses me the fuck out.
— Abby (@abb3rz07) September 21, 2020
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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