A slew of former employees of "The Ellen Degeneres Show” have alleged that they experienced or witnessed sexual harassment and misconduct while working for the award-winning daytime show.

One former employee accused executive producer Kevin Leman of asking him if he could give him oral sex at a company party in 2013, among other allegations, according to a report from Buzzfeed News.

Several other former employees alleged seeing Leman grope fellow staff, and nearly a dozen said it was common for the senior employee to make sexually explicit comments in the office. 


“He’d probably do it in front of 10 people and they’d laugh because ‘it’s just Kevin being Kevin,’ but if you’re in a position of power at a company, you don’t just get to touch me like that,” a former employee told the outlet.

Another former employee said co-executive producer Jonathan Norman “groomed” him by taking him to concerts and other events before attempting to perform oral sex on him. 

Three of the employee’s former coworkers corroborated that he told them about the alleged attempt at the time.

Five former employees told Buzzfeed News that executive producer Ed Glavin made them uncomfortable by touching their shoulders, back and lower waists. 

Dozens of former employees said that Glavin “had a reputation for being handsy with women.”

“You could definitely see the creep factor and the creepy touching. That was out in the open for everybody to see,” one former employee, who alleged that Glavin regularly touched her in the show’s control room, told BuzzFeed News.


“Obviously, no one wants that and no one wants to be uncomfortably touched by someone … but you didn’t want to piss them off or you would be fired, so it was just that culture of fear.”

Forty-seven employees who spoke to the outlet claimed that Glavin’s management of the show created a fearful, toxic environment. One employee claimed that, when they quit the show, Glavin flipped over a table and chair and screamed.

Former employees also alleged that Glavin intimidated coworkers by using a button on his desk to shut his office door, among other allegations.  

Employees also alleged that they did not have access to a formal process to confidentially file complaints. 

Leman denied “any kind of sexual impropriety” in a statement to Buzzfeed News.

"I started at the Ellen Show as a PA more than 17 years ago and have devoted my career to work my way to the position I now hold. While my job as head writer is to come up with jokes — and, during that process, we can occasionally push the envelope — I’m horrified that some of my attempts at humor may have caused offense," he said.

Norman also denied the allegations. 

"I have never had a single complaint against me in my career. I have never 'groomed' anyone," he said. "I have never done anything to harm another staff member. Ever. The person I believe you are referring to has ulterior motives for bringing down the show and has been acting with malice towards the show."

The report comes after nearly a dozen current and former anonymous employees of the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” told Buzzfeed News last month that they experienced a toxic work culture and racism on set.

Parent company Warner Media launched an internal review of the show following the complaints.

DeGeneres issued an apology to staffers earlier this week in a letter first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

“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. 

Warner Bros. in a statement to The Hill said the company and DeGeneres "take the recent allegations around the show’s workplace culture very seriously." 
The company said that the investigation has involved dozens of interviews with current and former employees. 
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show is, and has always strived to be, a place that brings positivity to the world. And though not all of the allegations were corroborated, we are disappointed that the primary findings of the investigation indicated some deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management," Warner Bros. said. 
Updated 8:25 p.m.