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‘I’m so sorry’: Ellen finally speaks out in emotional letter

Ellen DeGeneres has penned a letter to the staff of her talk show in the wake of allegations of a toxic workplace culture.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the note to crew is part of an effort to change the culture behind the scenes of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which will reportedly also see one of…

Ellen DeGeneres has penned a letter to the staff of her talk show in the wake of allegations of a toxic workplace culture.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the note to crew is part of an effort to change the culture behind the scenes of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which will reportedly also see one of the show’s producers ousted.

In her note, as published by THR, DeGeneres apologises for what’s gone on, insisting that steps will be taken to “correct the issues” going forward.

But the letter has already been slammed by many on social media, who’ve accused Ellen of passing the buck and throwing her own staff under the bus.

And hours after the letter was published, dozens of former Ellen staffers spoke out in a shocking new Buzzfeed report, alleging sexual misconduct from several top producers on The Ellen Show.

“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 writes.

DeGeneres opens the letter with an apology, saying that what has happened was “the opposite” of what she intended for the show.

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“Hey everybody – it’s Ellen. On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show,” she writes.

Elsewhere in the letter, DeGeneres says she’s “learning that people who work with me and for me are speaking on my behalf and misrepresenting who I am and that has to stop”.

The talk show queen said that, had it not been for coronavirus, she would have “done this in person”, and said she was “so sorry” to anyone who had not loved working on the show.

News of the letter comes as Ellen today posted an Instagram birthday greeting to a producer on her show, Jeannie Klisiewicz, declaring: “You’re one of a kind. I know you made your dad proud. I love you.”

But the post attracted dozens of comments referencing the much-reported recent allegations about the show.

“Is she one of the workers being bullied?” one person commented.

“I’m thinking this is one that didn’t complain about Ellen,” wrote another.

“Someone is trying to show that she ‘loves her employees’ after all of the accusations,” said another.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is reportedly under investigation after numerous accusations by former staffers that it is a “toxic” work environment.

Variety reported this week that the show has “has become the subject of an internal investigation by WarnerMedia” following the reports of workplace issues on the series.

Executives reportedly sent a memo to staff last week saying they have engaged an employee relations group and a third party firm, “who will interview current and former staffers about their experiences on set,” said Variety.

Earlier this month, a bombshell Buzzfeed report collated stories from 10 former and one current Ellen employee – all speaking anonymously – described a “toxic work environment” with a culture of “racism, fear and intimidation”.

“That ‘be kind’ bulls**t only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show,” one former employee is quoted as saying.

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Former employees alleged to Buzzfeed that they’d been fired for taking medical leave, attending family funerals, and one for posting a selfie in the office on her Instagram Stories.

Others claimed that raising complaints about offensive or racist comments from colleagues saw them labelled as “PC police”.

In a statement to Buzzfeed, Ellen executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner insisted that “the day-to-day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us. We take all of this very seriously and we realise, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Glavin is the producer who will be leaving the show.

The tell-all is just the latest in a long line of PR disasters for Ellen, who has suffered through awkward celebrity interviews and a viral Twitter thread labelling her the “meanest person alive” this year.

The comedian also came under fire from staff members of The Ellen DeGeneres Show for failing to communicate the status of their jobs and pay amid the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, beauty influencer Nikkie de Jager, who appeared on her talk show in January, claimed DeGeneres was particularly “cold” and gave preferential treatment to A-list guests.

DeGeneres’ alleged bad reputation was further supported by Tom Majercak, a former bodyguard who protected DeGeneres at the 2014 Oscars. In an interview with Fox News, Majercak branded the host as “sly” and “demeaning”.

Perhaps the moment the tide turned for Ellen – an intensely awkward interview with actress Dakota Johnson in November last year, in which Johnson publicly called Ellen out for not coming to her birthday party.

And just yesterday, a brand new horror story from here in Australia: A former Today show boss revealed what went on behind the scenes when Richard Wilkins interviewed Ellen in 2013.

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