The Ellen DeGeneres Show Fires Three Top Producers
After recent reports of on-set racism and sexual misconduct, ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ has finally taken action. The work environment of the show was revealed to be extremely toxic, putting Ellen DeGeneres and everyone associated with the show in a bad light. As a result, Warner Bros. has decided to part ways with three of the top producers of the show.
‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ fires three top producers
The three top producers that got the ax are executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman, and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman. Warner Bros. took this decision after worrying reports from Buzzfeed and Variety. A spokeswoman for the Warner Bros. confirmed that Glavin, Leman, and Norman have “parted ways” with the show. However, old-time producers like Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner, and Derek Westervelt will remain a part of the show. They’ll serve as executive producers alongside host Ellen DeGeneres.
The staff of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ got news of this on Monday afternoon during a meeting. There, host Ellen DeGeneres spoke to the staff via a conference call and conveyed her message. She was extremely emotional and apologetic in her tone, with some saying she was on the verge of tears. Ellen said that she realized she was “not perfect”, and in the bid to run the show like a “well-oiled machine,” she lost track of the show. Moreover, Ellen admitted that some of the leaders on the show were not respectful of “human beings”. Furthermore, it was “heartbreaking” for Ellen to read the allegations about the toxic work culture on the show.
Ellen further admitted that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ has often alienated guests and staffers in the past. They did so especially by shifting shooting timetables at short notice. As a result, Ellen promised that she would stick to the agreed time-tables and turn over a new leaf. That said, Warner Bros. was also conducting an internal investigation of the show regarding the toxic work culture.
What became of the investigation?
During the same meeting, Connelly and Lassner revealed the results of the internal investigation done on the show. The report found no evidence of systemic racism after interviewing 100 people that were connected to the show. However, the report admitted that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ needed more diversity and inclusion. Ellen DeGeneres vowed that everyone on the show, including herself, will take part in diversity workshops.
That said, Warner Bros. did not reveal the specifics of the investigation. The sources over at Variety revealed that the studio did not interview the staff that was working remotely.
The firing of the three top producers was inevitable. This was because the Buzzfeed report named them specifically for sexual misconduct, harassment, and racism on-set of the show. Warner Bros. suspended the three producers after the allegations surfaced. to tackle any future incidents like these, Warner Bros. has established a hotline for complaints. Moreover, they have also dedicated an HR representative for the show.