The Ellen DeGeneres Show is currently under an internal review investigation following allegations about the workplace culture at the daytime TV show, according to a new report by Variety.
The programme, which has shifted to an at-home format during the coronavirus pandemic, is said to have sent a memo to employees last week addressing the situation.
DeGeneres is a surname of French origin. Notable people with the surname include:
Betty DeGeneres (born 1930), mother of Ellen DeGeneres and American activist.
Ellen DeGeneres (born 1958), American stand-up comedian, television hostess, and actress.
Vance DeGeneres (born 1954), American actor, older brother of Ellen DeGeneres.
Portia de Rossi, or Portia DeGeneres (born 1973), wife of Ellen DeGeneres and American actress.
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The memo, which was published, claims the show’s parent company WarnerMedia would be undertaking a review through its own employee relations group and an unnamed third party.
Current members of the show as well as former employees are set to be interviewed, following a number of articles about the culture behind the scenes.
Previously, three of the show’s executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner and other senior members of staff were named in a article. In it, current and former staffers claimed that they had been subjected to racist comments, micro-aggressions and had been fired after taking medical leave (one instance followed a suicide attempt) or bereavement days by them. One Black employee claimed that a senior producer had said they hoped “we don’t get you confused” as she and another Black employee had the same hairstyle.
In response to the Buzzfeed article, Glavin, Connelly and Lassner said, “We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience. It’s not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us.”
“For the record, the day to day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us. We take all of this very seriously and we realize, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better.”
Employees are also said to have taken issue with the show’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, as Variety claimed stage crew were ‘furious’ that they received no written communication about their hours and pay for over a month as the show transitioned into a socially distanced model.
Eventually, the crew of over thirty staff were told that their hours would be cut and pay would be reduced by 60% and only four members would continue to work full time on the at-home version of the show. However, it was later alleged that the show had hired a non-union tech company called Key Code Media to help DeGeneres film from home (which Warner Bros. claimed was ‘cleared with union reps.’)
A Warner Bros. spokesperson ‘acknowledged that communication could have been better’, however said that COVID-19 had complicated matters. They said to Variety, “When returning from break, the crew was paid the week of March 30th despite having no firm plans for production to resume.”
Staffers were also said to be hurt that ‘show leadership’ had failed to check in on employees during the pandemic, some of whom had been with the show ever since it started 17 years ago.
One employee said of The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s producers to Buzzfeed, “They definitely don’t practice what they preach with the ‘be kind’ mantra.”
The Evening Standard has reached out to Warner Bros. for comment.