Following months of negative media attention, Ellen finally addressed the claims of serious workplace misconduct on the first show back.
Ellen’s been under fire after allegations of racism and intimidation on her talk show set, while her former security guard called her ‘demeaning’ to work for.
Other people online have been sharing horrific rumors about her, and in a recent BuzzFeed News article, several former staffers accused Ellen’s producers of sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace.
On her first show back, Ellen finally addressed the allegations.
The television host stood on the stage ahead of The Ellen Show’s season premiere and apologised to her viewers.
She added that she takes responsibility ‘for what happens at my show’.
More specifically she said:
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 happened here that never should have happened.
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 realise that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.
This is The Ellen DeGeneres Show. I am Ellen DeGeneres. My name is there, my name is there, my name is on underwear.
We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace, and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter.
Today we’re starting a new chapter. pic.twitter.com/PvpZXnXLv5— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 21, 2020
Now, some former employees of hers have responded to her apology and they are furious.
One former employee said to Buzzfeed:
Not only did Ellen turn my trauma, turn our traumas, into a joke, she somehow managed to make this about her.
ellen degeneres using her first monologue back after allegations of a toxic work environment to make jokes about how she's impatient and not a good enough actress to fake being a nice person for 18 years just grosses me the fuck out.— Abby (@abb3rz07) September 21, 2020
When she said, ‘Oh, my summer was great’ and that was supposed to be funny, I thought, ‘It’s funny that you had a rough summer because everyone was calling out all of the allegations of your toxic work environment and now you’re the one suffering?’
A third wrote:
When you’re talking about people who have accused her leadership of the seriousness of sexual misconduct, I don’t think it’s appropriate to have jokes in the monologue.
It’s an interesting point.