An Australian TV host is speaking out about her “bizarre” experience in 2013 interviewing Ellen DeGeneres for the country’s version of the “Today” show.
With allegations of a toxic work environment imposed by top producers on daytime talk shows after several current and former employees for DeGeneres, WarnerMeda launched an internal investigation into workplace culture in “The Ellen Degener Show”.
There was a complaint among employees about DeGeneres that producers often had strict rules about how to interact with him, which Australian radio host Neil Birin first experienced in 2013 when he was on “Today” as an executive producer While working he was trying to conduct an interview with him.
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She reported that Degeners was initially going to co-host the Morning Talk show, but producers kept changing plans to the point that she wouldn’t even come to Sydney, where the show is filmed.
“The whole thing was blown out, Ellen DeGeneres would do a sit-down interview, right?” Breen explained on 4BC, where he now works as a host. “We did the entire ‘Today’ show in Melbourne at our expense, but he would sit down and interview with Richard Wilkins. So Richard Wilkins and I went to a charming hotel in Melbourne where it was all set up, just the two of us. Of course, because this is the ‘Ellen Show’, they controlled everything. So he controlled everything from interview seats, lights, how it would work. “
The host sarcastically called the meeting a “fame with a brush” for him and Wilkins, before revealing the producer’s strange set of rules set before the comedian’s arrival.
“We go on and then the producers of the ‘Ellen Show’, there was a lot of them, there were a lot of people,” he explained. “Anyway, the producers called us aside and said that this is exactly how it will work this morning. Ellen is scheduled to arrive at 10:15 and he will sit in this chair and Richard you will sit here in this chair. Now Neil is no one to talk to Ellen. So you don’t talk to her, you don’t approach her, you don’t look at her, she’ll come in, she’ll sit down, she’ll talk to Richard and then Ellen will leave and we’ll give you a talk.
The host said that he was surprised and questioned how they would interview him after coming this way without looking him in the eye.
“I found the whole thing bizarre.”
He also alleged that once the Dagenaars exaggerated their reaction to their jokes, they thought that they would “laugh and laugh at everything”. They eventually had to request that they remain silent for the interview.
Brin stopped saying that DeGennes was a bad person. He concludes that he would not be aware that the limited interaction that had taken place with him was permitted.
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“I’m not blaming Ellen because I didn’t get to talk to her because I wasn’t allowed to. So, I don’t know if she’s a good person or not. I don’t have a clue. But I’ll give you those I can tell people who worked with him, went on eggshells the whole time and the whole thing was totally bizarre. Like, we’re there to do an interview about what he’s doing, but you can’t see him ? Someone gets real. “
Allegations of a “toxic work environment” were addressed by the show’s executive producers Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner and Mary Conline for reports in a statement to Buzzfeed News in which current and former employees accused producers of creating a “toxic work environment” Imposed. Is based on bullying and fear.
“We are really heartbroken and sorry to learn that not a single person in our production family has had a negative experience,” he said. “It’s not who we are and not who we try to be, not the mission Ellen has set for us.”
The statement explained that “day by day responsibility … the producer is on the whole”.
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“We take this thing very seriously and we realize that many people in the world are learning that we need to do better, are committed to doing better, and we will do better,” he said.