Updated: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 | 4:59 PM
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After BuzzFeed News published an article entitled: “toxic work culture,” in which former members of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ let out their experiences working with the show, the idea for an investigation was born.
These former workers claimed that each day they experienced challenges such as
“racism, fear, and intimidation.”
Could this behavior really be coming from a fun-loving, family friendly day-show? According to staff, the majority of negative treatment came from three of the show’s executive producers: Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner.
People have even claimed to be fired from the set for taking medical leave or even time off to grieve the loss of a loved one. The claims, given much notice, have triggered the company responsible for ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ to conduct an internal investigation on the matter.
Monday, Variety stated that the Warner Bros (the company responsible for the show) had sent out a memo to all current employees involved with the show explaining the process and purpose of their investigation. The media’s department involved with employee relations will be going around set and interviewing individuals about their experiences and treatment revolving around the show.
The workplace is meant to be a safe and loving second home. After one black staff member shared that a writer of the program had told her
“I’m sorry, I only know the names of the white people who work here,”
News outlets swarmed around the ones up for blame. The three most accused executives admitted “the day to day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on [them],” and later promised and accepted that they “need to do better, are committed to do better, and will do better.”
As we patiently await more updates on the show, what are your thoughts on the matter? Is this kind of treatment okay? What would you do if this was going on in your place of work?
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OUR TEAM’S TAKE:
Many places of work are subject to negative endorsement...
Like children in a play-yard there’s bound to be at least one bully or in this case: three. Although some use the press to “weed-out” co-workers, this case seems to be different. With so many people backing up this case, and the accused handing out an apology to former and current employees once subjected to their verbal mistreatment this makes the event a true and troubling occurrence.
Hiding behind the laughter and love ability of the show full of fun surprises, was a trio abusing and taking advantage of their power. We think that the claims towards Ellen on her being rude, fake, and all mentioned above are truly her producers.
Luckily, with the help of the Warner Bros internal investigation, ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ will be able to go back to its friendly status both on and off stage.