Ellen DeGeneres began season 18 of her show by addressing allegations of a toxic work environment.
Allegations of a toxic work environment and sexual offenses have plagued the host’s reputation in recent months.
In her opening monologue, which first appeared on the show’s YouTube channel, DeGeneres, 62, took responsibility for the scandal.
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“As you may have heard, this summer there were accusations of a toxic work environment at our exhibition and then an investigation was made. I learned that things happened here that should never have happened, ”she began.
DeGeneres continued: “I take it very seriously and I want to say that I am so sorry for the people who were affected. I know I̵
“This is” The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “I’m Ellen DeGeneres. My name is there, my name is there, my name is on underwear,” joked the host. “We have had many conversations in recent weeks about the show, our workplace and what we want for the future. We have done the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter. ”
DeGeneres then addressed accusations that she is very different in the air than personally despite her promise to “be kind”.
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The phrase “please” was originally coined by the host in 2010 to raise awareness of Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide as a teenager after being bullied for being gay.
There were also articles in the press and on social media that said that I was not who I seemed to be on TV, because I became known as “please” the lady. And this is how it happened: I started saying “be kind to each other” after a young man named Tyler Clementi took his own life after being bullied for being gay, “said DeGeneres.
She added: “I thought the world needed more kindness and it was a reminder that we all needed it, and I think we need it more than ever right now.”
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“Being known as the” please “lady is a tricky position to be in. So let me give you some advice out there if anyone is going to change the title or give yourself a nickname, do not go with the” please “lady. not that, ”DeGeneres jokingly added.
She took a more serious tone when she said, “The truth is, I’m the person you see on TV. I’m the person you see on TV. I am also many other things. Sometimes I get sad, I get angry, I get anxious, I get frustrated, I get impatient. I work with all this. I’m an ongoing job. I’m working especially on the issue of impatience and it’s not going well because it’s not happening fast enough, I’m telling you. ”
A spokesman for Warner Bros. confirmed to Fox News in August that executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive Jonathan Norman “have parted ways” with the show after WarnerMedia launched an internal investigation into the allegations.
The show’s resident DJ Stephen “Twitch” Boss was then promoted to co-executive producer.
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Former and current employees at the exhibition promoted alleged brass a toxic work environment based on bullying and fear. Accusations of sexual misconduct followed the news of the investigation.
Both Leman and Norman have denied the allegations, while Glavin has not responded to Fox News’ previous request for comment.
In an earlier statement to Fox News, Leman’s lawyer, Michael Plonsker, said: “The fact that a deeply flawed BuzzFeed article has led to the cessation of an innocent man – a popular figure and a creative force behind the” Ellen “exhibition and a number of “Other projects produced with Ellen are shocking. Kevin is devastated to be a scapegoat and is not yet ready to comment.”
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Stars such as Steve Harvey, Lea Thompson, Brad Garrett, Rosie O’Donnell and more have weighed in on DeGeneres’ scandal.
Fox News’ Jessica Napoli contributed to this report.