Ellen DeGeneres Employees Face Pay Issues | Host Continues Show
Television star host Ellen DeGeneres might be happy working from home during the pandemic lockdown, but her employees are not. After escaping one recent news highlight, she is back again on the bad side of the newspapers. Her crew members are furious over how the show is treating them with poor communication regarding their pay. Ellen’s crew have received up to 60% pay cut last week and nobody bothered sending them to notice beforehand. In other news, Ellen earns $87.5 million for her talk show, gaining a net worth of $490 million.
Ellen DeGeneres Employees Did Not Get Their Pay
Due to the pandemic, Ellen DeGeneres is hosting her show from the comfort of her house, and this has angered her employees. The show crew consists of around 30 members. They claim that they did not receive any communication about payment and working hours for over a month. It worsened when the crew learned that DeGeneres hired her own non-union team from a tech company to help her with her shows daily at home in California.
According to Variety, two anonymous sources claim:
“[the crew] received no written communication about the status of their working hours, pay, or inquiries about their mental and physical health from producers for over a month.”
The higher-ups would occasionally pick up phones but would not reveal much. Just a week before they received their pay, the higher-ups told Ellen DeGeneres employees that they will be getting a 60% reduction in salary as well. Right now, only 4 crew members currently work on Ellen DeGeneres’ remote version of the show. All of whom find this treatment totally opposite to her message “be kind”.
On the other hand, a spokesperson to the Warner Bros Television tried clearing the air:
“Our executive producers and Telepictures are committed to taking care of our staff and crew and have made decisions first and foremost with them in mind.”
The production claims that they paid the Ellen crew consistent with reduced working hours.