‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ under internal investigation after complaints of toxic work environment

HOUSTON – According to the Los Angeles Times, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is being investigated by parent company WarnerMedia, following several complaints of a toxic work environment, including reports of bullying and racism.

Variety first reported that a memo was sent last week to show the television to television executives at Telechargers Warner Bros. informing them of the investigation.

According to Variety, the memo revealed that the companies had engaged with WBTV-owner WarnerMedia’s employee relations group and a third-party firm that would conduct interviews with current and former staff members about their experiences on the set, Sources said.

The investigation has come to light after several reports discussing the working conditions and staff experience on the daytime show.

In April, Variety Crisis and resentment were reported among DeGeneres’ production crew, who said they were subject to poor communication and expected lower compensation during the initial coronovirus shutdown – even as the series hosted the host’s home in Los Angeles Non-crew crew were hired to reduce production from. The crew was reinstated on full pay before publication of VarietyReport of.

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At the time, a Warner Bros. spokesperson acknowledged that the chaos caused by COVID-19 could improve communication but cited complications. WarnerMedia has pressured, like all other studios in recent years, to investigate all claims of workplace hostility in response to the growing focus on malpractice in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Recently, BuzzFeed published a report accusing the show of racism and intimidation.

Buzzfeed’s story reveals a number of incidents of accused racist behavior, including microgridation and jokes about unfairly holding two Black female employees with the same hairstyle.

Executive producers Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner and Mary Connelly addressed the allegations in a joint statement to Buzzfeed.

“We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that not a single person in our production family has had a negative experience. It is not who we are and not who we try to be, not the mission Ellen has set for us, ”the group wrote.

“For the record, the day’s responsibility for the Ellen show is entirely up to us. We take all of this 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. “

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