Ellen DeGeneres’ TV Show future ‘isn’t going anywhere’ despite recent controversy, an executive producer on the series claims.
The Ellen Show has been hit with a barrage of accusations made against those behind-the-scenes over the past couple of weeks, including intimidation, racism and allegations of sexual misconduct against a producer.
As a result, rumours the show could even be pulled off air started swirling.
But executive producer Andy Lassner has now broken his silence over the issues on Twitter, simply stating to a follower: ‘Nobody is going off air’.
The comment comes after an internal investigation by WarnerMedia determined that there were ‘deficiencies in day-to-day management’ on the show.
WarnerMedia’s involvement came after an expose was published by BuzzfeedNews, where 10 workers on the series came forward with their experiences.
In the piece, those involved encouraged Ellen to take some accountability for the behaviour, even though she wasn’t directly involved in any of the serious claims.
Two weeks later, Ellen posted an apologetic open letter to her staff, insisting that she had no idea what had gone on and was working with WarnerMedia to stomp out the ‘toxic’ environment.
‘I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect,’ the note, first acquired by Hollywood Reporter, said.
‘Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry.’
Affirming that she still believes in the show’s motto of ‘being kind to everyone’, Ellen said some people ‘didn’t do their jobs’ as she left them to take over elements of the series.
This was met with backlash and more claims from former staffers who claim people weren’t allowed to approach to her, and that guests were told to compliment her on camera.
It’s led to belief that Ellen is ‘ready to call it quits’, even though she has not made any further comment since the apology letter, posted July 30.
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