Former employees that used to work on The Ellen Show have claimed they experienced a “toxic work environment”.
The ex staffers, who have remained anonymous to protect themselves from retribution, shared their negative experiences with BuzzFeed News, who spoke to 10 former employees and one current employee.
“People focus on rumours about how Ellen is mean and everything like that, but that’s not the problem,” one former employee claimed.
“The issue is these three executive producers running the show who are in charge of all these people [and] who make the culture and are putting out this feeling of bullying and being mean.”
“They feel that everybody who works at The Ellen Show is lucky to work there: ‘So if you have a problem, you should leave because we’ll hire someone else because everybody wants to work here.'”
A Black former employee also alleged she experienced racial microaggressions behind the scenes – and claimed that when she started to speak up about the discrimination, all of her colleagues distanced themselves from her.
“I feel like I’m not alone in this,” she said, “We all feel this. We’ve been feeling this way, but I’ve been too afraid to say anything because everyone knows what happens when you say something as a Black person. You’re blacklisted.”
“I feel angry about the way I was treated, and I am always going to stand up for Black, Indigenous, Latino, and Asian people, regardless if they’re around,” she added, “I can’t not say anything. I’m not going to stop talking.”
“I think it is a lot of smoke and mirrors when it comes to the show’s brand,” another former employee claimed.
“They pull on people’s heartstrings; they do know that’s going to get likes and what people are going to go for, which is a positive message. But that’s not always reality.”
Another former staffer said: “They hire people who maybe are inexperienced with how a functional, nontoxic work environment actually is, or someone who just wants to be in that atmosphere so bad that they’ll put up with it.”
“They kind of feed off of that, like, ‘This is Ellen; this is as good as it gets. You’ll never find anything better than this.'”
“If [Ellen] wants to have her own show and have her name on the show title, she needs to be more involved to see what’s going on,” another employee added.
“I think the executive producers surround her and tell her, ‘Things are going great, everybody’s happy,’ and she just believes that, but it’s her responsibility to go beyond that.”
The show’s executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner have since told E! News that they’re taking the claims “very seriously”.
“We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience,” they said in a statement.
“It’s not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us,” they continued.
“For the record, the day to day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us. We take all of this very seriously and we realise, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better.”
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