Ellen DeGeneres is still hanging on to her show. I expect that will change, probably in the next few weeks or another month. There’s just too much going against Ellen and the show. To recap, The Ellen Show has been a hotbed of racism, sexism, sexual abuse and toxicity for years. While Ellen claimed to have no knowledge of what her senior staff were doing in her name, many ex-employees have come forward to say that of course she f–king knew, and not just that, she implicitly approved of staffers being treated like crap because she didn’t care about the show in general. I don’t see why she would want to keep doing it, and I believe the show will probably get sued into oblivion (as it should). So… this story struck me as very true:
Ready to go. Ellen DeGeneres “wants out of the show” after the recent claims made against the host and the staff of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a source tells Us Weekly exclusively.
“She is pissed that people have come forward to share these negative stories about her and feels betrayed,” the source continues, noting that the comedian, 62, feels like a “target” because of her success.
“She knows she can be tough at times,” the insider says, “but believes she works hard and is extremely creative and that it’s a privilege to work for her and be around her.”
She believes “it’s a privilege to work for her and be around her” and so if some very young men are groomed and sexually abused, they should be thankful for the privilege of working so close to her toxic producers. Speaking of, those toxic producers did a staff call this week:
Back in action. The Ellen DeGeneres Show is making a plan to move forward in the wake of former staffers’ allegations against several of its executive producers, senior staff and the talk show host herself. The producers held a call with staffers on Monday, August 3, one week after WarnerMedia announced its internal review of the daytime talk show. A source tells Us Weekly exclusively that they “addressed” the media reports during the meeting and said they want their team to “have fun at work.” Among those attending the meeting were executive producers Andy Lassner, Mary Connelly and Derek Westervelt.
“They said a lot of [the claims are] true and a lot of it is not true,” the source adds. “They said we are handling everything [and] things will be very different now. … A show that brings so much happiness and fun, it should be a happy show to work on.”
As the meeting continued, a handful of employees “voiced some concerns,” while some of the producers “got called out about stuff that happened in the past.” Despite rumors, the team reassured their crew that “the show will go on.”
“The producers ultimately said you all still have a job here and you will all get paid, however that may be,” the source says. “They said Ellen [DeGeneres] is not giving up and the show will go on. … That woman brings so much joy to people that it would break a lot of hearts to stop doing this show. It was a pep talk and made some staffers feel better.”
Wow, this is a mess! “They said a lot of [the claims are] true and a lot of it is not true.They said we are handling everything [and] things will be very different now” – which is it? The claims of a soul-crushing toxic work environment are not true, but changes are still being made to change the environment so that things will be so different now! Producers “got called out about stuff that happened in the past,” i.e. all of those “not true” stories about sexual abuse, bullying and harassment, huh?
Ellen’s wife Portia de Rossi posted this to Instagram yesterday. “Stop Bot Attacks” WTF?? Actual current and former employees – not bots – are coming forward to tell their stories of working for Ellen and Portia labels them “bots”? I’m not going to yell at Portia too much though, because I imagine her life with Ellen is not great or healthy.
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