Ellen DeGeneres apologizes, says she's committed to ensuring workplace allegations 'do not happen again'
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Ellen DeGeneres apologized to her employees of her hit show in an internal letter sent to her crew this week, vowing to take responsibility amid reports that employees experienced racism and a long-term toxic work environment.

“On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show,” DeGeneres wrote in the letter first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

Nearly a dozen current and former anonymous employees of the award-winning show told BuzzFeed News earlier this month that they were fired after taking medical leave, using personal days to attend funerals and more.


Another employee said that they were reprimanded by managers for creating a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for medical costs not covered by their health insurance. 

A Black woman who previously worked at the show told the outlet that she experienced racist comments and actions from fellow employees. She alleged that a senior-level producer told her and another Black employee that “Oh wow, you both have box braids; I hope we don’t get you confused.”

She said a writer on the show also told her, “I’m sorry, I only know the names of the white people who work here,” among other allegations of racism.

Parent company Warner Media launched an internal review of the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" amid the complaints. 

The news outlet reported that according to a source close to the show, Ed Glavin, one of the show’s three executive producers, is set to be removed, among other staffing changes. A Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter that dozens of current and former employees have been interviewed about the work environment at the show.


DeGeneres said in the letter she “could not have had the success I’ve had without all of your contributions” and that, “As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.”

“As someone who was judged and nearly lost everything for just being who I am, I truly understand and have deep compassion for those being looked at differently, or treated unfairly, not equal, or – worse – disregarded. To think that any one of you felt that way is awful to me,” DeGeneres said.

“It’s been way too long, but we’re finally having conversations about fairness and justice. We all have to be more mindful about the way our words and actions affect others, and I’m glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention. I promise to do my part in continuing to push myself and everyone around me to learn and grow,” DeGeneres continued.

Glavin, alongside fellow executive producers Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner said in a statement to Buzzfeed News earlier this month that they take the stories of the employees "very seriously.”

"We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience. It’s not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us," the producers said.

The Hill has reached out to WarnerMedia for comment.