Find out Why Former Employees of the ‘Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Say They Worked in a Toxic Environment
A current employee working on the set of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, along with ten former employees spoke with BuzzFeed regarding their claimed experiences working for the talk show.
Current and former employees on set of the Ellen DeGeneres Show claim the set is a “toxic work environment.” The individuals, who will remain anonymous in fear of retribution, came forward to tell BuzzFeed about how different the show is on set compared to what viewers see from home.
DeGeneres is known for her motto, “Be kind,” along with her support for charities and luxurious giveaways, but how much of what fans see is true? Behind the scenes, employees told BuzzFeed that “they faced racism, fear, and intimidation.”
“That ‘be kind’ bullshit only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show,” one un-named employee told BuzzFeed News. “I know they give money to people and help them out, but it’s for show.”
“People focus on rumors about how Ellen is mean and everything like that, but that’s not the problem,” said one of her former employees. “The issue is these three executive producers running the show who are in charge of all these people 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.'”
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Ed Galvin, Mary Colleen and Andy Lasser, the show’s executive producers, told E! News that they “are taking the claims ‘very seriously.'” A joint statement with BuzzFeed News was released, stating, “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.”
Though many employees blamed the executive producers, one did step up and say since Ellen’s name is being used on the show, “she really needs to take more responsibility.”
“If she 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,” said anonymous. “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.”
During one Black woman’s time with The Ellen Show, she told BuzzFeed that “she experienced racist comments, actions, and ‘microaggressions'” over the year and a half she worked there.
“Be kind to the world, not your employees” said an employee who was fired for posting a selfie at the office on their personal Instagram story.
Addressing these issues is crucial to create a safe and healthy work environment for not just The Ellen Show, but for any other employees who are forced to work in negative environments on a day to day basis. Let’s do better, Ellen.