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FORMER ELLEN DEGENERES EMPLOYEES NOT HERE FOR HER MONOLOGUE OF ‘INAPPROPRIATE JOKES’ ADDRESSING TOXIC WORK CULTURE
Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020
Ellen DeGeneres faced the toxic work culture scandal head-on during the show’s season premiere. In an opening monologue, Ellen apologized for the way current and former employees were treated. However, as she seamlessly sprinkled in some sarcasm and what some former employees are describing as “inappropriate jokes” with regards to their trauma, some people were not here for it.
Despite Ellen’s claims that she’s the same person she’s always been on TV, former employees say otherwise. And as an extension of this claim, they’re disturbed that Ellen used her apology monologue to make “inappropriate jokes” and turn their “traumas into a joke”.
“When you’re talking about people who have accused her leadership of the seriousness of sexual misconduct, I don’t think it’s appropriate to have jokes in the monologue,” one employee shared with Buzzfeed. Another employee said “When she said, ‘Oh, my summer was great’ and that was supposed to be funny, I thought, ‘It’s funny that you had a rough summer because everyone was calling out all of the allegations of your toxic work environment and now you’re the one suffering?’”
Warner Bros. launched an internal investigation in July which concluded last month when Ellen addressed her 270 employees via an “emotional” video conference. She reportedly apologized and confirmed three top producers, Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman, and Jonathan Norman, parted ways from the show, People reported.
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