The Guardian (Charlottetown)

Ellen TV show to make workplace changes after probe


Ellen DeGeneres sent an emotional message to the staff of her television talk show late this week saying she was taking steps to improve the culture on set following accusation­s of a hostile working environmen­t.

The email followed an internal investigat­ion by Warner Bros. Television, which produces “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” of complaints ranging from bullying to racism among production staff.

Warner Bros. Television said in a statement that although “not all of the allegation­s were corroborat­ed, we are disappoint­ed that the primary findings of the investigat­ion indicated some deficienci­es related to the show’s dayto-day management.”

It said several staffing changes and other measures were being implemente­d, but did not give details.

The allegation­s, which were made by several former staff members in a BuzzFeed article earlier in July, painted a radically different view of life behind the cameras from the upbeat and positive vibe presented by DeGeneres on the show.

“On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of happiness - no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect,” DeGeneres wrote in an email to staff that was made available to reporters.

“Obviously, something changed, and I am disappoint­ed to learn that this has not been the case,” she added.

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