Comic and speak present host Ellen DeGeneres despatched a letter to the workers of “The Ellen DeGeneres Present” on Thursday, addressing accusations of a “poisonous work tradition” on the set that led to an ongoing investigation by WarnerMedia.
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The Hollywood Reporter obtained the observe, whereby DeGeneres started by saying that “on day one in every of our present, I instructed everybody in our first assembly that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Present’ could be a spot of happiness — nobody would ever increase their voice, and everybody could be handled with respect. Clearly, one thing modified, and I’m disillusioned to be taught that this has not been the case. And for that, I’m sorry. Anybody who is aware of me know it is the alternative of what I imagine and what I hoped for our present.”
The comic praised her present’s workers and credited them for her success, explaining that she and Warner Brothers had been working collectively to right the problems that had been delivered to gentle by the media. She additionally reiterated, “It is necessary to me and to Warner Bros. that everybody who has one thing to say can converse up and feels protected doing so.”
“I’m so pleased with the work we do and the enjoyable and pleasure all of us assist put out on this planet,” DeGeneres continued. “I need everybody at dwelling to like our present and I need everybody who makes it to like engaged on it. Once more, I am so sorry to anybody who did not have that have.”
In closing, she wrote, “If not for COVID, I might have achieved this in particular person, and I am unable to wait to be again on our stage and see you all then.”
Earlier this week, WarnerMedia introduced it was launching an investigation into the office setting of “The Ellen DeGeneres Present” following a Buzzfeed report that includes one present and 10 former nameless workers of the present who offered accounts of what was described as a “poisonous work tradition.”
After the Buzzfeed story, the present’s government producers, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner promised to deal with the issues raised, and mentioned in a joint assertion, “We’re really heartbroken and sorry to be taught that even one particular person in our manufacturing household has had a damaging expertise.”
They added, “For the file, the everyday duty of the Ellen present is totally on us.
Warner Brothers issued an announcement to Fox Information Thursday with an replace on their investigation, saying that “although not the entire allegations had been corroborated, we’re disillusioned that the first findings of the investigation indicated some deficiencies associated to the present’s day-to-day administration. We’ve recognized a number of staffing adjustments, together with acceptable measures to deal with the problems which were raised, and are taking the primary steps to implement them.”
Fox reported, “Whereas there have been no specifics given as to the staffing adjustments, sources instructed [The Hollywood Reporter] that government producer Ed Glavin will doubtless be axed.”