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Ellen DeGeneres Finally Breaks Silence on Toxic Work Environment Claims

Cosmopolitan logo Cosmopolitan 7/31/2020 Mehera Bonner
Ellen DeGeneres sitting in front of a window © Instagram

Ellen DeGeneres has finally spoken up about allegations that her show is a "toxic work environment" after multiple employees came forward about the bullying, microaggressions, and racism they experienced on set. In a letter acquired by Variety, Ellen said the reports were not in line with the work environment she strives to create, and seemed to place the blame on producers.

“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," she wrote, per Variety. "Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. I could not have the success I’ve had without all of your contributions. My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that. 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.”

Variety reports that Ed Glavin is expected to exit his role, and Warner Bros released a statement saying there will be staffing changes:

“We have identified several staffing changes, along with appropriate measures to address the issues that have been raised, and are taking the first steps to implement them. Warner Bros. and Ellen DeGeneres are all committed to ensuring a workplace based on respect and inclusion. We are confident this course of action will lead us to the right way forward for the show."

For more about the allegations of racism and bullying on set of Ellen's show, head below:

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