The comedian-host Ellen DeGeneres has been busy fielding allegations of workplace toxicity and misconduct against her talk show throughout the summer of 2020. As a result of these allegations, The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been subjected to an internal investigation by WarnerMedia and the firing of three of the show’s producers. But defying speculations of the show going off-air given the controversies, DeGeneres is back with the premiere of Season 18 and a monologue addressing the events of past months.
While in the past, Ellen DeGeneres’ apologies have been explicitly directed towards the staff of the show, the premiere episode saw her putting forward a proper public apology.
“I learned that things happened here that never should have happened,” she said. “I take that very seriously, and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected.
I know that I am in a position of privilege and power, and I realize that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.” DeGeneres continued “We have made the necessary changes, and today we are starting a new chapter.”
Lately, many media outlets have called her out for being a hypocritic and claimed that she isn’t really the “be kind” person she is onstage.
“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,” she explained. “I’ve played a straight woman in movies, so I’m a pretty good actress. But I don’t think that I’m that good that I could come out here every day for 17 years and fool you.”
But she went on to add that despite her very human shortcomings, she has no excuse if she hurt someone, intentionally or unintentionally.
“If I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I am so sorry for that,” she said. “If that’s ever the case, I have let myself down and I’ve hurt myself as well, because I always try to grow as a person.”
She ended her monologue comprised of the truckload of “if”s that basically nullified it’s presence as a true apology and went on to address her 270 employees, saying, “All I want is for every single one of them to be happy and to be proud to work here.”
“My hope is that we can still be a place of happiness and joy,” she added. “I still want to be the one hour a day that people can go to escape and laugh. I want to continue to help all the people that we help every day, and I am committed to making this the best season that we have ever had.”