Ellen DeGeneres expressed excitement for her show’s return on air. But Forbes said that the celebrity host seems to intend addressing workplace toxicity. Previously, Degeneres’ show garnered complaints with allegations of workplace misconduct.
‘Ellen’ Workplace Allegations
Several weeks ago, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” saw the departure of three top executives. Before that, BuzzFeed reported ex-employees accusing senior staff of unpleasant behaviors. Allegations include racism and harassment towards staff. It even prompted Warner Bros, the show’s distributor, to launch an internal probe.
“We immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues,” DeGeneres previously wrote to her staff through email. She added that she “relied on others to do their jobs.” But apparently, “some didn’t.”
“That will now change,” the host added, saying she will ensure such would not happen again.
The Return of ‘Ellen’
But as the multi-awarded show gears for a return this September, DeGeneres revealed she intends to “talk about it.” In a press statement, the 62-year old host also said she could not wait to return to work and the studio. The show will come back for the 18th season on September 21.
Ellen DeGeneres implied in a statement Tuesday that when her show returns on September 21, she'll talk about toxic workplace allegations https://t.co/iGhoB3JXZG by @ElanaLyn pic.twitter.com/KT3vvP8tvz
— Forbes (@Forbes) September 9, 2020
Moreover, the host said that there would not be any live audience. Additionally, recently promoted co-executive producer DJ Stephen “tWitch” Boss will also guest host future episodes.
Furthermore, Variety reported in an article several added benefits that the staff of the show could enjoy. Last month, sources told the publication that the included perks include five paid day-offs that employees can use whenever they like. On top of that, birthday leaves are granted along with paid time for medical appointments and family matters.
Moreover, another insider shared with Variety that DeGeneres also apologized to the show’s staff through a virtual town hall meeting. Consequently, sources remarked that the host’s direct address improved the morale of the workers that week.