The Ellen DeGeneres Show under investigation amid toxic workplace allegations

  • WarnerMedia has launched an internal investigation at The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
  • This comes after Buzzfeed published a scathing interview with former employees and one current employee alleging a toxic workplace environment.
  • A memo was sent to staff members to inform them that a third-party relations company will interview them about their experiences on set.


WarnerMedia has launched an internal investigation at The Ellen DeGeneres Show following multiple reports alleging a toxic workplace environment.

Variety reports that a memo was sent to staff members to inform them that a third-party employee relations company will interview both current and former staff members about their experiences on set.

According to the publication, a spokesperson for Warner Bros Television did not want to comment on the matter.

The investigation comes after Buzzfeed published a scathing interview with ten former employees and one current employee who talk of 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 seniors managers for the "day-to-day" toxicity.

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This is not the first time the show has been plagued with accusations of bad treatment. In April Variety published a report about the treatment of staff during the coronavirus lockdown saying that the show failed to communicate with them about the security of their jobs.

On-screen talent YouTuber Nikki De Jager also opened up about her experience on the show, saying: "Call me naive, but I kind of expected to be welcomed with confetti cannons: 'Welcome to The Ellen DeGeneres Show!' But instead, I was greeted by an angry intern who was a bit overworked. I was expecting a Disney show, but got Teletubbies after dark."