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Ellen DeGeneres in turmoil: her show under investigation for “toxic work environment”

Ellen DeGeneres is in turmoil. According to information from Variety, the famous American journalist’s show is currently the subject of an investigation by WarnerMedia. The executives of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and distributor Warner Bros. Television sent a note to staff members a few days ago explaining that they had initiated internal proceedings. Current and former employees will be asked about their experiences on the set of Ellen DeGeneres. The memo follows recent unflattering reports about working conditions on that show. Last April, Variety reported comments from former team members during lockdown. In mid-July, BuzzFeed published a lengthy survey of working conditions on the set of Ellen DeGeneres. Several employees then reported an atmosphere of racism and intimidation.

According to them, racist behavior was legion. They then told assaults but also “jokes” about confusing two black employees who wore the same hairstyle as well as criticisms of statements made by a member of staff to the executive producer. At Buzzfeed, one of the employees recounted his experience. She first explained that she asked for a raise after learning she was paid half as much as a white person in the same job and remembered the insults she received. “I’m sorry, but I only know the names of white people who work here,” a colleague allegedly told him at a party. “We are truly heartbroken and sorry to hear that even one of our production family has had a negative experience. This is not who we are or who we strive to be, nor what Ellen’s mission is. is fixed for us “, then explained the group.

The investigation continues

“For the record, the day-to-day responsibility for the Ellen show is entirely on us. We take it all very seriously and realize, as many around the world are learning, that we need to do better, we are committed to doing. better and we will do better, “he continued. The survey memo comes straight from the offices of Telepictures Executive Vice President Donna Redier Linsk and WBTV Vice President of Human Resources Donna Hancock Husband. Both companies underlined their commitment to providing an environment where employees can thrive. Last April, Variety reported the distress and outrage of the production crew on the Ellen DeGeneres show. At the time, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. acknowledged that communication could have been better between the teams during the lockdown.

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