Ellen DeGeneres Apologizes to Staff Following Complaints of Mistreatment — Inside Her Statement

TV show host Ellen DeGeneres has officially reacted to the allegations that she has been mistreating her staff during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Weeks after she was accused of not prioritizing the needs of her staff at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Elle DeGeneres has written a letter to address the allegations and convey her apologies.

Ellen DeGeneres speaks onstage at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 | Photo: Getty Images

Ellen DeGeneres speaks onstage at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 | Photo: Getty Images

In the letter, which was obtained by USA Today, the 62-year-old host claimed that she was “disappointed” that her show wasn’t fulfilling its promise of providing happiness to its employees. Ellen, who has has been presenting the talk show since 2003, wrote:

“Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry.”

E! Online noted that Ellen admitted that she owed the “success” of the show to her staff as the Emmy and People's Choice Awards it has clinched over the years couldn’t have happened “without all of your contributions.”

The show’s executive producers — Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, and Andy Lassner — also released a statement to the outlet asserting that they were treating the stories with all seriousness.

She went on to state that her “name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that.” The letter of apology comes soon after it was reported that the Warner Bros. studio had launched an investigation into the show following accusations of maltreatment from staff.

According to Time Magazine, with its “primary findings,” the studio was able to determine that the problem primarily stemmed from what it referred to as “flaws in the show’s daily management.”

Warner Bros.’ review was preceded by claims from ten former employees and one current staff member that the long-running show’s issues included getting laid off after they took either a bereavement or medical leave.  One insider even revealed that Ellen’s “be kind” motto was nothing but hogwash when they told Buzzfeed News that:

“That ‘be kind’ [explicit] only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show. I know they give money to people and help them out, but it’s for show.”

The show’s executive producers — Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, and Andy Lassner — also released a statement to the outlet asserting that they were treating the stories with all seriousness.

Despite that acknowledgement, a former staff member was quick to ask Ellen to become more responsible for what happened, as it was no one else’s name but hers that was attached to the show.

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