Ellen DeGeneres has returned with a brand new season of her talk show, and started the season premiere with an apology, addressing all the allegations of a toxic production environment.
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 take that very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected. I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”
Along with her apology, she also mentioned sarcastically about how “terrific” her summer had been and how she was trying to work on her patience. Her joke about her summer being “terrific” was not taken in a positive way by the employees she had allegedly assaulted.
Some of the former employees disclosed their opinions on that matter. “Not only did Ellen turn my trauma, turn our traumas, into a joke, she somehow managed to make this about her.” said one employee.
“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?’” another former employee said.
“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,” said another.
Ellen went ahead and even joked about being called the “be kind” lady, and said that’s “a tricky position to be in.” To this, another former employee commented, “There’s nothing wrong with being the ‘be kind lady’ if you’re actually true to your word.”
According to sources, Ellen’s apology has made a profound effect on the employees and more than 250 employees are happy to be back on set. She even held numerous Zoom chats with her employees to check in and make sure that they’re being heard and valued.