Ellen DeGeneres will rumor about the toxic work atmosphere behind the scenes of The Ellen DeGeneres Show don’t shy away from the new season of the talk show. The presenter announced this on Wednesday in a statement to, among others CBS News.
DeGeneres announces that her talk show, which she made from home earlier this year due to the corona virus, will return on September 21. “I can’t wait to get back to work and return to the studio,” said the presenter. “And yes, we’re going to talk about it.”
The presenter and the show’s working conditions have been under fire for some time. For example, there would be systematic (sexual) intimidation and racism in the workplace.
DeGeneres is said to have contributed to this supposedly toxic atmosphere and not treated employees properly. Entertainment site BuzzFeed spoke to several current and former employees of the show who spoke of a “toxic work culture” at the program.
The presenter apologized in a video for the threatening work atmosphere, but did not respond to allegations directed at her. According to DeGeneres, something “clearly” went wrong on her set. “I am very disappointed. (…) The talk show bears my name and I take full responsibility for it.”
She also announced that an internal investigation has been launched into the situation on the set of her popular talk show. Producer Warner Bros. recently announced a similar investigation two years ago, but no evidence for the claims was found at the time.
The new, eighteenth season will include Chrissy Teigen, Alec Baldwin, Chris Rock and Orlando Bloom.