Ellen DeGeneres' staff is reportedly happy their coworkers voiced instances of racism, fear, retaliation, and intimidation while working for her talk show.
It was "an open secret for years in the industry" and many of them are "loving" that it's being brought to light via BuzzFeed News' report.
Just a week ago, BuzzFeed News published a damning report detailing racism, fear, retaliation, and intimidation on set of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Amid a "toxic work environment," alleged instances of producers "bullying" staff, hurling racist comments at Black employees, and firing an employee who took medical leave after a suicide attempt stand out.
Now that the report has made its way to every corner of the internet, an Us Weekly source "connected to the talk show’s production" revealed that the staff is happy that they were able to voice their issues to a publication and make them widely known.
The source told the magazine, “They’ve been calling and texting each other about the story. They’re loving that the truth—which has been an open secret for years in the industry—is finally receiving more interest.”
It takes a great deal of bravery and strength to speak out against an employer—especially one as powerful as The Ellen Show—and fight for a fair and inclusive workplace. With all the allegations about what went down in that work environment, it's understandable why they're relieved it's public now!
Ellen has yet to release a statement regarding the toxic work culture on her show. Responding to the initial report, producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner told E! News:
"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. For the record, the day to day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us. We take all of this very seriously and we realize, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better."
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