Allegations of racism, bullying, insults… The talk show of comedian american Ellen DeGeneres is the subject of an internal investigation in the wake of repeated complaints of employees, reveals the magazine Variety.
Rumors of a toxic work environment on the set of the Ellen DeGeneres Show were circulating for some time already.
Last spring, Variety revealed that employees of the popular talk show had suffered a salary cut of 60%, without having been notified in advance.
Then, earlier this month, the us-based website BuzzFeed published an article in which he gave the word to a dozen employees of the production, past and present. Be confident all under the guise of anonymity, they décriaient unanimously a climate that is unhealthy and problematic.
Examples? A used black reported that one of the authors would have said loud and clear “don’t know the names of the white people” working on the plateau. In another case, an employee claimed he was dismissed after a hospitalization resulting from a car accident.
Following these denunciations, the employees of the talk show have received a memo from the production company stating that they will be interviewed shortly by their human resources team, as well as by an external firm, reports Variety.
In a joint statement sent to BuzzFeed, the executive producers of the show Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner indicate that “the daily responsibility of The Ellen DeGeneres Show is based entirely on [them]”.
“We take everything very seriously, and we realize, like many others, that we need to do better, that we are committed to doing better and that we will do better”, there they say.