A few months back, there were many employees who had posted that The Ellen DeGeneres Show had a toxic work culture. Not only was there rampant racism on the show, but there was also allegations of inhuman labour being a constant part of the show behind the screens.
Ellen DeGeneres used her opening monologue of the new season(18th Season) of her daytime talk show to speak out her apology and address allegations of a toxic work environment.
She apologized for things “that never should have happened.”
Ellen said, “I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realize that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”
The Ellen DeGeneres Show started its 18th season in Los Angeles. Ellen was on stage for the first time in months. Prior to this, Ellen had been taping from DeGeneres’s home during quarantine.
There wasn’t a studio audience. Every spectator was connected virtually, with faces beaming on monitors which were put in the audience seats.
Ellen concluded by saying, “We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace, and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter.”