Ellen DeGeneres breaks silence on toxic workplace allegations as investigation continues

Ellen DeGeneres.
Ellen DeGeneres.
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  • Ellen DeGeneres has broken her silence on the toxic workplace allegations.
  • Earlier this week Warner Media launched an internal investigation at The Ellen DeGeneres Show following an explosive Buzzfeed report.
  • Former employees told the publication about their fear, intimidation and the racial encounters they've experienced on the set of the talk show.
  • In a letter to staff Ellen said: "We are taking steps, together, to correct the issues."


Ellen DeGeneres has finally addressed the multiple reports alleging a toxic work environment at her award-winning daytime show.

This comes after Warner Media launched an internal investigation into The Ellen DeGeneres Show following an explosive interview by Buzzfeed.

Ten former employees and one current employee spoke to the publication about their fear, intimidation and the racial encounters they've experienced on the set of the talk show. In the report, staff members interviewed blamed executive producers and senior managers for the "day-to-day" toxicity.

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In a letter to the staff, published by The Hollywood Reporter, the comedian took full responsibility and said: "We are taking steps, together, to correct the issues."

"As we've grown exponentially, I've not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I'd want them done. Clearly, some didn't. That will now change, and I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen again," she added.

The 56-year-old added that she is learning that people who work with her and are speaking on her behalf are misrepresenting who she is and that has to stop.

"I promise to do my part in continuing to push myself and everyone around me to learn and grow. It's important to me and to Warner Bros. that everyone who has something to say can speak up and feels safe doing so."

She added that she is proud of the work they do at the show and the joy they add to the world and that she wants everyone at home to love the show and everyone who works on the show to love it.

"Again, I'm so sorry to anyone who didn't have that experience. If not for Covid, I'd have done this in person, and I can't wait to be back on our stage and see you all then," she ended the letter.

Warner Bros told Entertainment Weekly in a statement that they have interviewed current and former staff members and that primary findings have shown some 'deficiencies related to the show's day-to-day management'.

"We have identified several staffing changes, along with appropriate measures to address the issues that have been raised, and are taking the first steps to implement them," they said.