Ellen DeGeneres apologizes to staff after report of toxic culture at talk show

Ellen DeGeneres has apologized to staff of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Ellen DeGeneres is apologizing to her staff in the wake of allegations that her talk show fosters a toxic environment.

DeGeneres sent an email to staffers at "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Thursday, which was first reported by Variety. CNN has confirmed the contents of the memo with a current employee.

In the letter, DeGeneres states she is "disappointed" after reports by BuzzFeed in which current and former staff members alleged they faced intimidation and racism.

"On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' would be a place of happiness -- no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it's the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show," DeGeneres wrote in part.

DeGeneres goes on to confirm that an internal investigation has been launched by the show's distributor, Warner Bros. Television, which is owned by CNN's parent company, WarnerMedia.

"Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues. As we've grown exponentially, I've not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I'd want them done. Clearly some didn't. That will now change and I'm committed to ensuring this does not happen again," she said.

A statement from WarnerMedia released on Thursday stated, "Warner Bros. and Ellen DeGeneres take the recent allegations around the show's workplace culture very seriously," the statement read. "We hoped to determine the validity and extent of publicly reported allegations and to understand the full breadth of the show's day-to-day culture."

Support Local Journalism

Now, more than ever, the world needs trustworthy reporting—but good journalism isn’t free. Please support us by subscribing or making a contribution today.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Please log in, or sign up for a new, free account to read or post comments.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.