The Ellen DeGeneres show is reportedly being internally investigated by WarnerMedia following multiple allegations of its “toxic work environment”.
This is after a number of staff–one current and 10 former employees– spoke to Buzzfeed anonymously about their experiences of intimidation and racism while working on the show.
According to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter,a memo was emailed to employees last week, stating Warner Bros. will be interviewing current and former staffers about their experience on the set of the talk show.The interview will be conducted by WarnerMedia’s employee relations group and an unspecified “third party firm.
The allegations include;
- Microaggression claims by a woman who claims she got reprimanded by Ed Galvin,an executive producer, for asking for a raise and suggesting staff members undergo diversity and inclusion training.
- Unjustifiable termination of employment claims including one by another former employee, who got fired after taking a one-month medical leave following a suicide attempt.
- A bullying and favoritism culture by executive producers.
DeGeneres’s former security guard Tom Majercak also recently told Fox News that the star was “very cold” and “false”, claiming that when he worked with her she didn’t engage at all beyond a “side glance out of her eye”.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show representatives are yet to comment on the issue.