The truth always comes out, Doesn’t matter how long you cover it up for. Ellen DeGeneres has been receiving some serious heat for the alleged toxic, racist and discriminatory work environment which has reportedly existed at her show for years.
A bunch of former and present staff has come forward with complaints of inequality, intimidation, racism, and discrimination under working for The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen’s former DJ, Tony Okungbowa who worked for Ellen from 2007 to 2013 has been bombarded with many calls with questions regarding his experience at The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The former Dee Jay of the hit show touched on his experience in saying this:
I would like to address the time I spent there. I was on-air talent from 2003-2006 and from 2007-2013. While I am grateful for the opportunity it afforded me, I did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment and I stand with my former colleagues in their quest to create a healthier and more inclusive workplace as the show moves forward,” he wrote.
Feeling the hammer coming down on her from the top big wigs as it was announced her show was under investigation for workplace misconduct, Ellen released this statement to her staff:
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.
Ellen acknowledged workplace misconduct investigation into her show saying:
Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues. 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
With all that said by Ellen, many find it difficult to believe that Ellen as the head of the show didn’t know what was going on. Actor Brad Garrett directly identified Ellen has the problem from his experience on her show, saying:
Sorry but it comes from the top @TheEllenShow. Know more than one who were treated horribly by her
Garrett didn’t go into detail as to what Ellen did to him that was so bad, but its clear that it is something that was and is still troubling to him for him to feel the pain of the staff on the show. Question, do you think Ellen knew what was going on on her show with staff being treated wrongly or do you think she was in the dark of all this?