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Ellen DeGeneres’ Show Under Investigation Following Complaints About Toxic Environment

Ellen DeGeneres’ Show Under Investigation Following Complaints About Toxic Environment

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The Ellen Degeneres Show is being investigated by WarnerMedia amid allegations of a ”toxic work environment.”

One current and 10 former employees of the daytime chat show – hosted by Ellen DeGeneres – recently came forward to accuse the show’s three executive producers, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner, of ”bullying.”

And following their allegations, Variety has now reported that show producer Telepictures and distributor Warner Bros. Television have sent a memo to the show’s staff to inform them that an investigation into the show’s conduct has been launched.

WarnerMedia has sent their employee relations group to complete the investigation alongside a third-party firm, who will reportedly “interview current and former staffers about their experiences on set.”

The goal of the investigation is said to provide “an environment where employees can flourish.”

In the original allegations from the show employees – which were published in a BuzzFeed article – Ellen, 62, was not accused of any wrongdoing, but the employees claimed they were instructed not to talk to her if they saw her in the building.

One employee still working for the production company behind DeGeneres’ talk show claimed to Buzzfeed News that after Fox News’ published an interview with a former bodyguard, who documented his unsavory experience with the host, it left execs scrambling to combat the accusations head-on after weeks of remaining silent.

“A current employee told BuzzFeed News that on May 1, the same day the story about the former bodyguard was published, executive producers took the rare move of holding an all-staff meeting over Zoom to address the negative stories and low morale,” the report said.

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Ten additional former employees of the long-running show spoke out anonymously to the outlet with additional nightmarish claims about what it’s like working for DeGeneres and top producers.

According to Variety’s report on Monday, the third-party organization that will assist in the investigation was not named, but the outlet reports that Warner Bros. TV Vice President of Human Resources, Donna Hancock Husband, and Donna Redier Linsk, Telepictures Executive Vice President, sent the memo.

The note reportedly stressed the companies’ commitment to providing a positive work environment for employees.

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