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Ellen DeGeneres Addresses Toxic Workplace Issue In First Monologue Of Season 18

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Ellen DeGeneres has addressed reports describing her as a boss who led a toxic workplace in the 18th season of her daytime talk show on Monday, September 21st.


“If you’re watching because you love me, thank you. And if you’re watching because you don’t love me, welcome.” Ms DeGeneres said in her return from a summer hiatus.


Dressed in a white blazer, jeans, and her signature white sneakers, the host addressed the rows of seats filled with screens that featured virtual audience members. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, audience members are not permitted to enter her Burbank, California studio.

“As you may have heard this summer, there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show. And then there was an investigation. I learned that things happen here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously. And I want to say, I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power. And I realized that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.” Ms DeGeneres said.


In July, BuzzFeed News reported that former employees of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” said they had experienced “racism, fear and intimidation” on the program and were fired after taking time off for medical leave or bereavement. A former black employee said she was the victim of racist comments from staff members.

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Warner Bros., the studio that distributes the syndicated program, and its subsidiary, Telepictures, started an internal investigation. In August, three high-level producers were let go: Ed Glavin, an executive producer; Jonathan Norman, a co-executive producer; and Kevin Leman, the head writer.


“The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which started in 2003, has been a boon to Warner Bros., which is part of AT&T’s WarnerMedia entertainment division. Last year, Ms DeGeneres signed a contract to keep her at the program through 2022.


She also signed a deal to make new shows for HBO Max, the WarnerMedia streaming service. In addition, Ms DeGeneres is the host of a Warner Bros. game show, “Ellen’s Game of Games,” a prime-time mainstay for NBC.

Below is Ellen’s first monologue of Season 18


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