Over the last few months, many stories have been emerging about Ellen DeGeneres and allegations of bullying and a “toxic work atmosphere”.
Ellen has finally spoken out, confirming that she will address the scandal on the premiere of Season 18, which will be starting on September 21.
Allegations from former staff of The Ellen DeGeneres Show included claims of racial insensitivity, sexual misconduct, staff mistreatment, and what was referred to as a “culture of fear.”
In a statement, Ellen said:
“I can’t wait to get back to work and back to our studio…and, yes, we’re gonna talk about it.”
Fans and celebrities were shocked by the revelations as Ellen has always promoted “be kind” as the motto of the show. Some celebs have come to her defence, while others, including Mariah Carey, have said they had “extremely uncomfortable” experiences with the star.
The first complaint of ‘a toxic work environment’ was filed with an industry union two years ago.
Ellen’s vow to talk about it comes weeks after three senior producers were let go from the company.
The show will be filmed without a studio audience due to COVID-19 restrictions, and guests for the first week back include Tiffany Haddish, Kerry Washington, Alec Baldwin, and Chrissy Teigen. Scheduled to appear later in the series are Chris Rock, Amy Schumer, Adam Sandler and Orlando Bloom.
Will you be watching? Do you think Ellen will apologise?
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