“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has a long history of helping people in need. That, however, according to some insiders, is nothing more than show when compared to how the show’s workers are treated.
Following a number of recent negative media reports, DeGeneres’ show is now reportedly under investigation by WarnerMedia, its parent corporation, over hostile workplace allegations, according to Variety.
The truth comes out
Ellen DeGeneres has created dozens of great YouTube moments when some unsuspecting fan is given a monumental gift that helps gives them a better life.
Her staff workers, however, say that same treatment is not what happens behind the scenes of the show.
A recent report revealed that several former employees of the show have made allegations of a hostile work environment on the show.
BuzzFeed News quoted a former employee, who said, “That ‘be kind’ bullshit only happens when the cameras are on. It’s all for show.”
“I know they give money to people and help them out, but it’s for show.”
The usual apology
As always seems to happen with allegations like this, the show came out and offered an apology.
The executive producers of the show issued a joint statement, saying, “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.”
That apology, however, is likely not going to quell the problems with former staffers who have made additional claims against the show.
For instance, in April, complaints were revealed via a Variety report that during the pandemic stay-home orders, current show employees were left hanging due to poor communication about pay and working hours.
Additionally, non-union staff were reportedly being used to air the show from Ellen’s home.