The Ellen DeGeneres Show workplace is reportedly under investigation by WarnerMedia after several complaints have been made by the behind-the-scenes crew. A new report says that executives from the show producer Telepictures and distributor Warner Bros.
Television sent a memo to their staff last week saying that they have are currently working with an employee relations group and a third party firm who will interview both current and past employers about some of their experience while working on the set.
According to Variety, a Warner Brothers Television spokesperson has declined to comment and a rep for the show has not responded, either. This comes after several reports suggested that there was alleged racism and intimidation on the show.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show Workplace Under Investigation After Multiple Complaints
Ellen has long tried to position herself as ‘The Queen of Nice’ in the celebrity and entertainment world, but that’s not what her crew and co-workers believe. In fact, there has been one report after another that suggests Ellen doesn’t want you to speak to her unless you’re spoken too, treats her staff as if they were plebeians of a different class, or that they don’t deserve to be treated with the same respect as her guests. And now Ellen is hurting pretty badly because of it.
A report by Buzzfeed earlier this year contained a spectrum of accused racist behavior, from jokes about mistaking two Black female employees with the same hairstyle along with criticism of statements allegedly made to another staffer by executive producer Ed Glavin.
If that weren’t enough, there was also outrage among the production crew, who were not only subjected to poor communication and reduced compensation during the coronavirus shutdown, but the series also hired a non-union crew to mount a quarantined production from Ellen’s’ home in Los Angeles.
In an interview with Fox News, Eric Schiffer, chairman of Reputation Management Consultants, weighed in on the matter and believes that Ellen has a lot of work ahead of her, should she want to repair her image in the future.
“Authenticity is king with celebrity brands and these continued leaks are lacerating her credibility and mangling her capacity to continue to try to be positioned at a high moral ground,” Schiffer said, adding, “It’s celebrity brand suicide.”
Show executives released a statement to Buzzfeed earlier this summer, shifting the blame from Ellen DeGeneres on to themselves.
“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,” the statement reads in part.
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