Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has claimed she didn’t understand why former employees of her NBC show alleged it was a toxic workplace environment.
The 63-year-old stand-up comic has just announced that the long-running Ellen DeGeneres Show will be ending after the upcoming 19th season.
Ellen still persists that she doesn’t fully understand what spurred the wave of allegations against herself and the show’s production, saying that her guests described the show as a “happy atmosphere”.
In an interview with NBC Today, she spoke about the claims, stating “I really didn’t understand it. I still don’t understand it.
“I thought something was going on that… because it was too orchestrated. It was too coordinated.
“And people get picked on, but for four months straight for me, and then for me to read in the press about a toxic work environment, when all I’ve ever heard from every guest that comes on the show is what a happy atmosphere this is and what a happy place it is.”
The allegations made against Ellen were revealed in a huge expose by BuzzFeed news in 2020, which caused waves among bosses at Warner Bros.
The media conglomerate was pushed into launching an internal review of the show, which ran for a whopping two decades.
Their review ended up finding ‘deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management’.
At the start of season 18, DeGeneres issued a formal apology to her viewers, but not everyone took well to it.
The apology read: “I learned that things happen here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously.
“And I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected.”
However, following the show’s cancellation, the presenter has claimed her decision to step away from the show had “been the plan all along” and wasn’t related to the allegations.
Opening up about her decision to end the show after 19 years she told the The Hollywood Reporter: “When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore.”
Speaking of the allegations, she added: “It almost impacted the show. It was very hurtful to me. I mean, very.
“But if I was quitting the show because of that, I wouldn’t have come back this season.”
Warner Bros unscripted TV president Mike Darnell spoke on the subject, adding: “Although all good things must come to an end, you still have hope that truly great things never will.”
He added: “Ellen was and is an indelible piece of the television landscape, and it will be sorely missed.”
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