Ellen DeGeneres show producers accused of sexual misconduct

  • Producers of The Ellen DeGeneres Show have been accused of sexual misconduct, following recent allegations of a "toxic work environment".
  • In a new Buzzfeed investigative report former employees alleged incidents of "harassment, sexual misconduct, and assault from top producers."
  • One producer has denied "any kind of sexual impropriety."
  • These new allegations come after Ellen DeGeneres addressed the toxic workplace allegations in a letter to the staff.


The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been hit with new allegations of sexual misconduct, following recent claims of a "toxic work environment."

On Thursday BuzzFeed News published an article in which former employees alleged incidents of "harassment, sexual misconduct, and assault from top producers."

Earlier this week Warner Media launched an internal investigation into the toxic work environment allegations.

In a statement, the company said that they had interviewed current and former staff members and that primary findings have shown some 'deficiencies related to the show's day-to-day management'.

This new report came after Ellen DeGeneres addressed the toxic workplace allegations in a letter to the staff.

READ MORE | Ellen DeGeneres breaks silence on toxic workplace allegations as investigation continues

According to the publication several ex-employees – who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retribution – accused executive producer Kevin Leman of sexual misconduct and harassment.

One former employee said she saw him "grope a production assistant in a car and kiss his neck". Another said they saw him "grab a production assistant's penis". While another said, he made sexual advances to him at a company party in 2013.

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Kevin denied "any kind of sexual impropriety."

"While my job as head writer is to come up with jokes — and, during that process, we can occasionally push the envelope — I'm horrified that some of my attempts at humour may have caused offense.

 "I have always aimed to treat everyone on the staff with kindness, inclusivity and respect. In my whole time on the show, to my knowledge, I've never had a single HR or inter-personal complaint made about me, and I am devastated beyond belief that this kind of malicious and misleading article could be published," reads the statement.