Ellen DeGeneres apology: What did she say on the show about the allegations?09/22/2020
THE past year has not been plain sailing for Ellen DeGeneres.
Numerous former employees have accused her show of tolerating everything from bullying to racism to sexual harassment – and now Ellen herself has addressed the allegations.
What did Ellen DeGeneres say?
In her first monologue of the new season since the show came investigation, Ellen addressed the string of allegations levelled at her by former and current employees.
"If you're watching because you love me, thank you," the comedian said.
She continued: "If you're watching because you don't love me, welcome. As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation.
She also claimed that they had made the "necessary changes" and that they are now "starting a new chapter."
Ellen further addressed that the backlash gave way to claims that she is not "who I appear to be because I became known as the be-kind lady."
She explained: "Being known as the be-kind lady is a tricky position to be in […] The truth is I am that person that you see on TV, I am also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad. I get mad. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I get impatient. And I am working on all of that.
"I am a work in progress and I am especially working on that impatience thing."
She continued to tell her audience that her "intention is to always be the best person I can be. And if I've ever let someone down or I've ever hurt their feelings, I am so sorry for that.
"If that's ever the case, I've let myself down and I've hurt myself as well, because I always try to grow as a person."
What were the allegations against Ellen DeGeneres?
February 2020 – NikkieTutorials speaks out
Dutch beauty YouTuber Nikkie de Jager, who was invited on the Ellen Show after coming out as transgender, was one of the first voices to speak out against Ellen DeGeneres.
She said that her experience on the show was not entirely positive, and that Ellen herself was "cold and distant", and did not even greet her before the show started.
She added: "Every guest at Ellen had a private toilet, but I didn't,"
"I couldn't even use the closest toilet to me because it was reserved for the Jonas brothers."
April 2020 – Kevin T. Porter starts a damning Twitter thread
A comedian named Kevin T. Porter tweeted asking for people to reply with their stories about DeGeneres being '"one of the meanest people alive".
The tweet received more than 2,000 responses.
Although not all of the tweets could be verified, they included allegations that Ellen wouldn't let her crew members eat meat, and that she would make staff entering her her office chew gum before speaking to her.
April 2020 – Ellen makes an ill-judged lockdown joke
In her April 6 show, filmed at-home, Ellen compared quarantining in her California mansion to being in prison.
Ellen said: "One thing I've learned from being in quarantine is that people — this is like being in jail, is what this is,
"It's mostly because I've been wearing the same clothes for 10 days, and everyone in here is gay."
Many people expressed their anger at Ellen's "insensitivity" on Twitter.
One user said "People are literally dying in jail from COVID-19 while Ellen is out here making jokes about it."
April 2020 – DeGeneres' crew angry about their pay
Two anonymous sources told Variety revealed that the 30 employees that make up Ellen show's core stage crew had not received any information from bosses about their pay during the pandemic shutdown.
They also alleged producers had not asked about their mental and physical health.
May 2020 – Ellen's former bodyguard speaks out
Tom Majercak, a bodyguard who served as DeGeneres' bodyguard at the 86th Oscars, said that his experience with Ellen was not a positive one.
He explained: "I'm holding their hands and walking them through individuals and large groups of people.
"Ellen is the one person that I've been assigned to — and I've been assigned to quite a few celebrities — that has never taken the time to say hi to me,"
He added: "It was very cold and it was very sly and it was actually kind of demeaning in the way that she treats people other than those who are in her circle."
Majercak, however, said he spent "a lot of time" with Ellen's partner, Portia De Rossi, who he said was "very pleasant and carried on a conversation."
July 2020: Ellen's show is under investigation
According to Variety, Telepictures – which produces the daytime series – and Warner Bros. – which is in charge of distribution – sent an e-mail to staffers to say they were working with a third party firm.
Sources told Variety that current and former workers would be interviewed about their experiences on set.
July – September 2020: More allegations against Ellen
In late July, Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett tweeted ""Sorry but it comes from the top @TheEllenShow. Know more than one who were treated horribly by her. Common knowledge,"
A former producer, Hedda Muskat, also spoke out about the behaviour of executive producer Ed Glavin at a meeting with staff members.
Muskat alleges that Glavin screamed at another employee: "He just went off on them. His whole face turned red… We were stunned.
"I was waiting for Ellen to say something. 'Whoa, Ed, don't talk like that,'" "Do you know what she did? She giggled. She crossed her legs up on the chair and she said, 'Well, I guess every production needs their dog.' And from then we knew. Ed was going to be the barking dog — her dog."
"I had never seen this before. I had never been around a toxic host."
In the meantime, celebrities like Scooter Braun, Ashton Kutcher and Katy Perry spoke out against the allegations, offering their support to Ellen.
August 2020: Top producers fired
According to Variety, executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman were fired via a videoconference call.
The trio had been with Ellen DeGeneres since the show launched in 2003.
Ellen herself admitted that as her program has grown, she had "not been able to stay on top of everything" and had instead "relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done."
September 2020: Ellen addresses everything
As the show returned for its 18th season on air, Ellen spoke about the allegations in an opening monologue.
She further talked about how she is now the boss of 270 people whom she wants to make happy and "proud to work" at her show.
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