“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” staffers are rejoicing and staying united, a new report said, after former employees came forward to talk about the “toxic” work environment of the show.
A source said to be connected to the show told Us Weekly that staffers of the Ellen DeGeneres-hosted talk show have been discussing with each other the BuzzFeed News story in which several former and current employees shared their harrowing experiences while working for “Ellen.” The staffers are apparently happy that the “truth” they have known for years is now getting attention.
“They’ve been calling and texting each other about the story,” the insider said. “They’re loving that the truth — which has been an open secret for years in the industry — is finally receiving more interest.”
This comes in the wake of BuzzFeed News releasing an article on July 16 containing testimonies from one current and 10 former employees about the “toxic work culture” of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
In the article, a Black woman who worked for the show for a year and a half revealed that she received racist comments and experienced “microaggressions.” She said another employee who did the same job as she did was paid double her salary and that she was reprimanded when she spoke up regarding the discrimination she experienced.
Another former staffer found out his position was being eliminated right after returning from a month-long medical leave in order to seek help for a suicide attempt. A third employee was reprimanded for starting a campaign to raise funds for medical expenses that the company’s health insurance would not cover.
The employees asked not to be named, with one on-set source telling Us Weekly that DeGeneres makes all her staffers sign a nondisclosure agreement.
“You can’t say anything, even nice things, even if you get fired, even years after you’ve left,” the insider added.
Showrunners Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin and Andy Lassner previously said in a statement to BuzzFeed News that they have been trying to “create an open, safe and inclusive work environment” at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” The executive producers went on to say that they were “heartbroken” to hear that several staffers had a negative experience working for the show.
This was hardly the first time that the show and DeGeneres have been criticized. In March, podcast host Kevin T. Porter began a Twitter thread and asked his followers to share stories they heard about the TV philanthropist’s long-rumored rude attitude, promising to donate $2 to the Los Angeles Food Bank for every tale he gets.
Chris Farah said she once served food to DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi at a restaurant. The host allegedly wrote a letter to the owner, complaining that the server had chipped nail polish, and this reportedly “almost got [Farah] fired.”
Benjamin Siemon, meanwhile, claimed that DeGeneres requires everyone who needs to come to her office to chew gum because she apparently has a “sensitive nose.”