KEY POINTS

  • WarnerMedia is doing an internal investigation on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" workplace
  • Several former employees and one current staffer aired their complaints about the show's alleged toxic environment
  • The executive producers released a statement saying they are committed to do better after learning about the employees' complaints 

"The Ellen DeGeneres show" is reportedly under investigation by the parent company WarnerMedia following allegations of “toxic work environment” by several former and current employees. 

A few weeks back, a number of former employees who asked to remain anonymous came forward and spoke about their grievances toward the show. According to them, it has a toxic working environment. The complaints prompted WarnerMedia to start an investigation on its workplace.

The executives from show producer Telepictures and distributor Warner Bros. Television sent their staff a memo last week to inform them that the management has engaged WBTV-owner WarnerMedia’s employee relations group and a third party firm to interview them about their experiences on set, sources told Variety.

The investigation started following BuzzFeed News' report about 10 former employees and one current staffer speaking about their horrible experience on the set of the talk show.

"Some of the producers talk openly in public about addiction and mental health awareness, but they’re the reason there’s a stigma," an ex-employee with medical records said. "They definitely don’t practice what they preach with the ‘be kind’ mantra."

Several former employees also shared that whenever they have to file a leave from work, it's  a battle against them and their supervisors and HR. A former staffer also shared that they were fired after taking some time off due to threee separate incidents within a year.

"That's the definition of a toxic work environment, where they make you feel like you're going insane and then you're like, no, everything I was feeling was right. It was all leading up to this," the former staffer said.

Executive producers Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner and Mary Connelly released a joint statement to BuzzFeed to air their side of the story. According to them, they were sorry to learn that a number of employees were feeling that way on the set.

"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," the trio said.

"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."

Meanwhile, one former staffer advised Ellen DeGeneres to be more involved in the show because it uses her name.

"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," the ex-staffer opined.

"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."

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