After a summer full of turmoil and controversy, Ellen DeGeneres is finally back on season 18 of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’. This season of the talk show holds special significance because of the allegations of the show having a toxic workplace culture. The allegations came from her former employees and some current ones, most of whom chose to remain anonymous. Now, Ellen is finally back and in her very first monologue on the opening episode, she addressed the allegations.
Ellen DeGeneres addresses allegations of a toxic workplace culture
After the summer, it was impossible for Ellen DeGeneres to deflect from the toxic work culture allegations. There were allegations of racism and sexual harassment as well, which meant Ellen could not pretend that it never happened. The 62-year-old addressed the allegations by saying:
As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show, and then there was an investigation. I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously and I want to say that I am so sorry to the people who were affected.
Moreover, Ellen DeGeneres recognized her privilege as well. Adding to that, she said that it was her responsibility to make sure these incidents never happened:
I know I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realize that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show. This is “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”. I am Ellen DeGeneres.
And so, she talked to her staff and crew members, as reported before, and made some changes. Ellen was referring to the firing of the three top executives of the show and a change in the work culture, as she said:
We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace, and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes, and today, we are starting a new chapter.
Ellen also addressed allegations of being “fake”
Moreover, Ellen DeGeneres went on and talked about how some media called her “fake”, calling her the “Be-Kind-Lady” on set and being quite mean behind it. She explained why she adopted kindness as a motto, saying:
There were also articles in the press and on social media that said that I am not who I appear to be on TV, because I became known as the “Be-Kind-Lady”. And here’s how that happened. I started saying be kind to one another after a young man named Tyler Clementi took his own life after being bullied for being gay. I thought the world needed more kindness, and it was a reminder that we all needed that, and I think we need it more than ever right now.
Ellen later explains that she is exactly who she is on TV, but can get “anxious, frustrated, impatient” at times. But, she is now “working on all that”, calling her self a work in progress, saying:
I am a work in progress and I’m especially working on the impatience thing, because and it’s not going well because it’s not happening fast enough I’ll tell you that.
Ellen DeGeneres further emphasized that it’s not possible for her to be fake for 17 straight years. Furthermore, she apologized “if” she ever hurt someone’s feelings, saying:
She is not that great an actress to pretend to be someone else for 17 tears. This is me and my intension is to always be the best person I can be. And if I’ve ever let someone down, if I’ve ever hurt their feelings, I am so sorry for that. If that’s ever the case, I’ve let myself down and I’ve hurt myself as well.
There were too many jokes
One problem, however, that current and former employees highlighted with Ellen’s apology was was the excessive jokes she made. At the very beginning of her monologue on the show, Ellen joked about welcoming her “haters”, saying:
If you’re watching because you love me, thank you. If you’re watching because you don’t love me, welcome.
Moreover, while talking about her responsibility as the lead of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, she joked about having her name everywhere, including “underwear”. And then there was a Joke Ellen made while talking about why she joined this business, saying:
I got into this business to make people laugh and feel good. Favorite thing, that and Jenga.
There is no issues with the jokes, but it seemed inappropriate to make them while giving a monologue about serious allegations of racism and sexual harassment in a workplace that she is in charge of.
Other than that, Ellen DeGeneres committed to making season 18 of her show the best they ever had. Moreover, she assured that every single one of her 270 employees will be happy to work with her. She also announced that Stephen “tWitch” Boss, the show’s DJ, was now promoted as co-executive producer. Ellen also assured that he will have “more of a voice” on the show. You can watch her apology below: