Ellen DeGeneres has finally explained how she plans to tackle the "toxic culture" accusations that have recently blighted the show. Spotted leaving lunch with a friend in Santa Barbara, Ellen was asked how she intends to move forward following the sacking of three of her producers. Ellen, 62, simply replied: "I will be talking to my fans." It is unclear how she will be addressing her fans, and even if she has a future with the show or whether she may be replaced as host.
It was announced on Monday that three of the senior producers for the show, Ed Glavin, Jonathan Norman, Kevin and Leman, had been fired. Their sacking came amid an investigation after a report in BuzzFeed news revealed workers said they worked in a culture of "racism, fear and intimidation". Show staff have been reportedly offered extra paid holiday and various other new perks after being told "don't be afraid" ahead of their return to work.
Ellen is alleged to have told over 200 employees in a conference that her introverted nature is the reason she comes across as mean - but insisted she isn't. Senior producers Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner told employees at the virtual address "don't be afraid", which insiders attributed to communicating about workplace issues and personal circumstances during the pandemic.
Back in April, Ellen Show staff had been told to expect a reduction in pay while the programme used non-union workers to produce the same number of episodes. In the conference call, Ellen was reported to have denied rumours that she had banned those on set from making eye contact with her as she apologised for offending anyone and for the negative attention her show has been getting.
In a statement to employees, she apologised and said that she takes "full responsibility" for what happened on the show. She has claimed that as the show became more popular and grown in stature, she had "not been able to stay on top of everything" and instead "relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I'd want them done."
She admitted: "Clearly some didn't. That will now change and I'm committed to ensuring that doesn't happen again."