“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is currently under internal investigation after several employees were alleged to have suffered from a toxic work environment and some were victims of sexual misunderstanding, racism and bullying.
The dayshow’s parent company, WarnerMedia, is conducting the survey and said earlier in a statement that it is “disappointed that the primary findings of the inquiry indicated some shortcomings related to the show̵
In his own statement to employees, first obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, DeGeneres said: “It’s been too long, but we’re finally having conversations about justice and fairness. We all need to be more aware of how our words and actions affect others. and I’m glad the questions at our show got my attention. “
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The Multi Emmy winner promised “to do my part to keep pushing myself and everyone around me to learn and grow. It’s important to me and to Warner Bros. that everyone who has a say can speak up and feel safe. do it. “
Angela Reddock-Wright, an employment lawyer and investigator who specializes in sexual misconduct investigations, told Fox Business that “It’s really important for the show and WarnerMedia to take [the investigation] seriously and have full transparency as advertisers may be waiting to see how the public responds. “
“They may be wondering if we should pull out based on general unrest. Right now, it is still not clear who allowed this to happen to the extent that it happened,” she added.
Reddock-Wright felt it would be “challenging” for the show to recover from the allegations, but “unless the evidence points to Ellen knowing or being aware and turning the other cheek, I think people will give her another chance. . “
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Veteran TV producer Eric Anderson agreed with Reddock-Wright on the power of the DeGeneres brand.
“I think it can bounce back because it’s been such a massive hit for 17 years. It’s been a cash cow all these years and she’s built up a lot of goodwill with the fans and they’ll be willing to forgive her. he explained to Fox Business.
“If she takes action and responsibility, she will recover,” he said, adding that DeGeneres “should address it on her show, do [another] pronounce and say that she was not as in the loop as she should have been but the show bears her name so it is her responsibility to take care of her employees. “
Belva Anakwenze, Vice President of Abacus Financial Business Management, told Fox Business, “I do not believe Ellen’s bulletproof on this but many of the allegations are against [top producers] so [her future] will depend on how active she was in the day-to-day operations of the executive producer. Nothing points directly to her. Yes, it was a little bad supervision but she has not been the culprit for the bad deeds at this point. “
The size of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and the stellar strength that DeGeneres has will cause a “cultural change in network TV as a whole,” predicted Anakwenze. “I think it’s going to be a tough look at her because she’s the executive producer.”
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DeGeneres is also in the middle of a new contract that expires in 2022. Reddock-Wright believes the host “will not want to end his TV career with these types of accusations.”
“She will want to try to recover and possibly end her career on a positive, higher note and show that when these issues came to her attention she took very aggressive action,” Reddock-Wright continued. “[DeGeneres] will probably be involved in creating a new work environment. “