So many rumors have been swirling about the future of Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show amid reports of her supporting a toxic work environment. Past and present staff complained of racism, discrimination, unjustified demotion with alleged claims of a snobby Ellen no one was allowed to make eye contact with.
Talks of Ellen’s talk show being cancelled clearly did not happen as the gay talk show host returned back to television. On her 18th return to the airwaves for her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show- Ellen was quick to address the elephant in the room. That is a lengthy apology for a toxic work environment she claimed to have not know was present. Ellen appearing fortunate to still have her job said this of the reported bad working environment she heads:
As you may have heard, this summer here were allegations of a toxic environment at our show, and then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously, and I want to say that I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I am in a position of privileged and power and I realized that with that comes responsibility. And, I take responsibility for what happens at my show.
This is the Ellen DeGeneres Show. I am Ellen DeGeneres. My name is there. My name is there. My name is on underwear. We’ve had a lot conversation over the last few weeks about the show. Our workplace and what we want in the future. We have made the necessary changes and today- we are starting a new chapter.
There were also articles in the press and on social media that said that I am not who I am appear to be on t.v., because I became to be known as the be kind lady. Here’s how that happened…I started saying be kind to one another after a young man, Tyler Clementi took his own life after being bullied for being gay. I thought the world needed more kindness, and it was a reminder that we all needed that- and I think we need it more than ever right now. Being known as the be kind lady is a tricky position to be in.
The truth is- I am that person you see on t.v. I’m also a lot of other things. Sometimes I get sad. I get mad. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I get impatient, and I am working on all of that. Specially working on the impatient thing, and its not going well. Because its not happening fast enough. I’m a talk show host, and you know that, but maybe some of you know that I was an actress. I played a straight woman in movies, so I’m a pretty good actress. But, I don’t think that I am that good to come out here every day for 17 years and fool you. This is me, and my intention is to always be the best person I can be, and if I have ever let someone down…if I have ever hurt their feelings- I am so sorry for that.
If that’s ever the case- I have let myself down- and I have hurt myself as well. Because I have always tried to grow as a person. I look at everything that has come into my life as a opportunity to learn. I got into this business to make people life and feel good- and now I am a lost of 270 people. 270 people who help make this show what it is. I am so grateful for. All I want is for every single one of them to be happy and to be proud to work here. This has been a horrible summer for people all around the world.
People are losing their jobs. People are losing love ones to a pandemic. People are losing their homes and lives in raging fires that are going on. There blatant racial justice all around us. I watch the news and I feel like where do we even begin. So my hope is that we can still be a place of happiness and joy. I still want to be the one hour a day where people can go to escape and laugh. I want to continue to help all the people we help everyday, and I am committed to the best season we have ever had.