Los Angeles (USA) / Ellen DeGeneres apologized to her team on Thursday after several testimonies came to light that denounced a “toxic” work culture, professional harassment and racism in the program “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”.
“On the first day of our show I told everyone at our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of happiness: no one would ever raise their voices and everyone would be treated with respect,” she wrote in a letter unveiled by The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
“Obviously, something has changed and I am disappointed to learn that it was not. And so, I’m sorry. Anyone who knows me knows that this is the opposite of what I believe and what I expect from our show, ”added DeGeneres, who stressed that an internal investigation is already underway to solve this situation.
The Hollywood Reporter assured that Ed Glavin, one of the three executive producers of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, will be one of those who left the program after the complaints received.
The magazine run by the American comedian since 2003 is one of the most successful programs on American television, but also its contents are followed in other parts of the world, with great influence on popular culture thanks, in part, to the fact that it receives top-notch guests level.
An exclusive to the Variety newspaper published on Monday, and later endorsed by the specialized press, claimed that several employees of the show had received a statement that a series of interviews with the team would be carried out as part of an independent investigation.
The news came weeks after the digital newspaper BuzzFeed published a story in which former employees of the program accused the team of “racism” and “toxic work culture.”
A dynamic of “fear”
The article cited accusations of inappropriate comments and a “fear” dynamic in which employees would be retaliated against for taking days off for medical or family problems, among other examples.
In a later statement, the producers of the format indicated that “the day-to-day responsibility of the Ellen show depends entirely” on them.
“We take all this very seriously and we realize, like many other people in the world, that we have to do better, we are committed to doing better and we will do better,” they said.
It was not the first time that this successful format has been criticized by people who have worked on the program presented by DeGeneres, who despite his charisma and popularity has also received complaints from some of his guests for the cold and rude treatment received by her part.
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has been broadcasting since 2003, has been nominated for an Emmy 171 times (with 61 statuettes won) and currently its broadcasting concentrates an average of 2.5 million daily viewers, to whom must be added those who follow its viral content on YouTube and other international platforms. (July 31, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)