Ellen DeGeneres Thanks Cast & Crew While Accepting People’s Choice Awards Amid Workplace Scandal
After a summer riddled with accusations of having a toxic workplace, Ellen DeGeneres is finally moving on. She recently won an E! People’s Choice Award for her show. However, this time her acceptance speech was focused more on the people who had been wronged in the shadows behind The Ellen DeGeneres Show – the staff and crew.
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Ellen DeGeneres praises staff, crew & fans while accepting the award
After Ellen accepted her PCA on stage, she praised her ever-so-hardworking staff and crew for the incredible effort they put on her show. She said:
From deep, deep down in my heart, I thank you. I am not only accepting this award for myself. I’m accepting it on behalf of my amazing crew, my amazing staff who make this show possible. They show up every single day, they give 100 percent of themselves 100 percent of the time. That is 250 people times 170 shows a year, times 18 years, and if you carry the two and divide it by 11 — my point is, I love them all and I thank them all for what they do every day to help that show be the best.
Furthermore, Ellen also thanked the fans who made this award win possible. She also thanked them for sticking by her, especially through the turbulent times The Ellen DeGeneres Show has gone through in the past few months. Ellen said:
I know this award comes from the people, I say thank you to the people, thanks for all of my fans for supporting me and sticking by me. I can’t tell you all how grateful I am and what this means to mean, it’s more than I can possibly tell you — especially right now. Thank you so much. I’m gonna wipe it down with Lysol and I’m gonna put it down on my shelf.
Allegations of a toxic workplace explained
The difficult times that Ellen DeGeneres was referring to were the allegations of toxic workplace culture. Over the summer, multiple employees came forward and accused Ellen and her top executives of tolerating a toxic workplace culture behind the scenes of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. As a result, there was a lot of outrage on Twitter and her show went through an internal investigation by the Warner Bros. studio. After the investigation, three top executives were fired who had been alleged to pass on racist remarks and were responsible for sexual harassment as well. That could indeed be one of the reasons why Ellen DeGeneres was feeling so much gratitude towards the fans, and her staff and crew.
Ever since Ellen came back, the audience and ratings of her show have also plummeted. However, there were a few still skeptical of Ellen DeGeneres’s remarks, with one YouTube comment saying:
What do you guys think of Ellen DeGeneres and her sincerity towards her employees? Let us know in the comments below. Here’s her complete acceptance speech.