After the allegations surfaced against the Ellen DeGeneres Show for having a toxic work environment, the distributor of the show WarnerMedia has initiated an internal investigation. As per Variety, the studio will be interviewing substantial evidence to support the claims made by employees regarding grim situations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“WarnerMedia’s employee relations group and a third party firm would interview current and past employees about their experiences on set,” Variety quoted a statement issued by the company to its staff.
In April, Variety reported that staff members were upset over their treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic — reduced hours and weeks of no communication from higher-ups, Insider said of the matter.
The publication added, “in July, BuzzFeed News reported that current and former workers felt the host Ellen DeGeneres’ bubbly optimism was a cover for “toxic work culture.”
The show’s executive producers however tried to maintain optimism amid the speculation surrounding the show.
“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. For the record, the day to day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us,” said a statement from the executives.
“We need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better,” the statement added.