As per latest reports, The Ellen DeGeneres Show workplace is under investigation by WarnerMedia. This comes in the wake of recent allegations against the talk show’s “toxic work culture”.
Executives from Warner Bros. Television and show producer Telepictures delivered a memo to staffers last week.
It stated that WarnerMedia’s employee relations group and a third-party consultant would interview current and former employees to ascertain the situation.
While the third-party was unnamed, the memo urged employees to participate in the confidential process without fear.
Allegations against The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Ellen DeGeneres’ show, famous for its motto “Be kind to one another“, became the subject of severe criticism in recent times. It started in March when comedian Kevin Porter started a Twitter thread for stories of “Ellen being mean.” Thousands of people replied with incidents bringing out the worst in Ellen.
This was followed by complaints from employees over miscommunication and reduced pay during the coronavirus lockdown.
Then, in mid-July, a BuzzFeed report revealed how racism and intimidation were commonplace on the show. Former and current employees spoke about how the makers fired them for taking medical or bereavement leaves.
A Black woman who used to work on the chat show also opened up about her harrowing experiences. She recounted how one of the writers once said they “only know the names of the white people who work here.” And how a senior level producer joked about getting confused between two Black female employees with the same hairstyle.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show came under the fire after these revelations. And subsequently, the trend to cancel Ellen started doing the rounds.
The WarnerMedia Investigation
The investigation by producers and distributors is an attempt to improve the environment on The Ellen Show. Given the heightened political climate and the #MeToo movement, WarnerMedia, like all other studios, is under pressure to look into its working.
“We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience. It’s not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us,” show producers earlier said.