The Ellen DeGeneres Show is bringing about changes in the wake of allegations on its ‘toxic workplace’.
Producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman as well as co-executive producer Jonathan Norman have been ousted. Ellen DeGeneres made the announcement during a video conference with her staff on Monday.
The show’s house DJ, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, was named as an executive producer. Furthermore, Ellen vowed to make the workplace environment healthier for everyone and to make the show a better place.
These staffing changes come after employees called out the Ellen DeGeneres Show for racist slurs, misconduct and more problems.
WarnerMedia investigation of the Ellen DeGeneres Show
Following the slew of accusations, Warner Bros. decided to investigate the show, questioning more than 100 people.
While there was no evidence of the show’s “systematic” racism, some instances of racial insensitivity did come to the fore. The general conclusion was that they needed to do a lot more in terms of diversity and inclusion.
The departures and promotions seem to herald the positive changes the show will see. Here’s more of what Ellen DeGeneres said and promised.
DeGeneres apologizes to staff for hurting their feelings
The talk show host reportedly got emotional on Monday’s video call, telling the staff she is far from perfect but tries to do what’s best.
“I’m a multi-layered person, and I try to be the best person I can be and I try to learn from my mistakes,” she said.
“I’m hearing that some people felt that I wasn’t kind or too short with them, or too impatient. I apologize to anybody if I’ve hurt your feelings in any way.”
A source told PEOPLE that “Ellen was emotional, she was emphatic about making it better and making herself more available” during the meeting.
“She acknowledged she can be introverted at times and she apologized if that was ever seen as hurtful,” they added. “They’re putting in real structures and resources for people so this never happens again and that is extremely important to Ellen. She was emotional seeing everybody. They’re family.”
DeGeneres said she was shocked to hear that top-level employees had told others not to make eye contact with her. Moreover, she promised to interact with her staffers more and encouraged them to talk to her.
“Things are changing and things are going to be better moving forward. And she’s committed to that,” another source told the entertainment portal.