Ellen Degeneres Apologizes On Mistreatment Of Show Employees Says I’m ‘Disappointed’

An inquiry into claims of workplace harassment on her talk show brought Ellen DeGeneres' ‘Be Kind’ ethic to the test. She apologized and yet she defended herself as well.

After WarnerMedia conducted an internal investigation into reports of unpleasant work culture at her talk show, Ellen DeGeneres broke her silence. Following allegations from former and current workers who say they encountered sexism, workplace bullying, and colleagues mistreatment while working under the host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Ellen apologized to her staff in a letter.

The 62-year-old talk show host, however, also accused anonymous employees and people who work for her of  “misrepresenting” who she is.

Now, DeGeneres has insisted in a letter sent to her staff (via The Hollywood Reporter) that action should be taken to “correct the issues,” while still taking responsibility for the program as it bears her name.

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“As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t,” she wrote for the post. “That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.”

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DeGeneres also expressed her sincere sympathy in her letter with those on the series who thought they had been handled unfairly, reminding viewers of the time she received death threats after she came out as gay.

“As someone who was judged and nearly lost everything for just being who I am, I truly understand and have deep compassion for those being looked at differently, or treated unfairly, not equal, or – worse – disregarded,” she further penned.

Executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner replied to the allegations earlier this month in a statement that reads, “We have strived to create an open, safe, and inclusive work environment.

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.