The Ellen DeGeneres Show staff began to whine about how hard or toxic work environment two years back, with a complaint being filed with an industry [union] association in 2018, as per new detail.
Various current and previous employees working with the talk show asserted to BuzzFeed News in a July report that they had faced racism [Apartheid], dread and terrorizing behind the scenes.
The claims included some staff saying that they were terminated for taking medical leave or bereavement days to attend family funerals, however one worker saying that they came back to work in the wake of taking medical leave following a suicide attempt to be informed that their job had been eliminated.
But, this new report allegations claims that executives knew about certain claims long before this current summer’s news emerged, with BuzzFeed News writing that “one current and one ex-employee said a complaint was filed with an industry [union] association in 2018 that alleged gender inequality, including chauvinist remarks made by top producers”.
A Warner Bros representative confirmed that the 2018 complaint existed but said that “there is the same old thing or noteworthy [critical] regarding this issue”.
It was deep examined by an outside investigator and settled with no merit to cases of gender discrimination or gender inequality,” they said. “As previously expressed, we are focused on changing the things that need to change and pushing ahead in a constructive and positive way.”
The show still undergoing an investigation because of the most recent complaints, with interviews being held with staff about the program’s on-set workplace atmosphere.
Three of the show’s executive producer producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner have recently expressed that the show has consistently “strived to create an open, safe, and comprehensive work environment “, including that “we have to improve, are committed to doing better, and we will better”.
Glavin, Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman have all been terminated throughout the course of the investigation, with DeGeneres herself participating in a video conference with the show’s crew a week ago to affirm the news.
Leman and Norman had both previously turned out claims from securing inappropriate behaviour, with Leman saying I’m horrified that some of my attempts at humour may have caused offense. I have always aimed to treat everyone on the staff with kindness, inclusivity and respect.”
Norman’s statement stated: “I have never had a single complaint against me rest of my career. I have never ‘groomed’ anyone.”
Glavin has not reacted to requests for comment.
The internal investigation against a toxic work environment is still on process.