Ellen DeGeneres’ current & former employees slam her apology monologue

Ellen Degeneres attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California © Jill Johnson/jpistudios.com

Ellen DeGeneres’ show returned this week, back in the studio, after months of being off and months of having to record from her home. In her first episode back on Monday, Ellen devoted her monologue to all of the sh-t that happened over the summer, which is that she got outed as a toxic, terrible boss who fostered a massively toxic work environment, and that everyone who worked on the show hated her and hated their work lives. The first episodes back got high ratings, I guess because people wanted to see how Ellen would address the controversies. But her apology got slammed by current and former employees on the show – Buzzfeed did another lengthy article about it, which you can read here. Some highlights:

On Ellen’s jokey monologue: “Not only did Ellen turn my trauma, turn our traumas, into a joke, she somehow managed to make this about her,” one former employee said. “When she said, ‘Oh, my summer was great’ and that was supposed to be funny I thought, ‘It’s funny that you had a rough summer because everyone was calling out all of the allegations of your toxic work environment and now you’re the one suffering?’” another former employee said.

Everything is tactical: A current employee told BuzzFeed News they’ve been frustrated with minimal communication from their superiors about the direction and vision for the new season, and that all of their duties were “put on hold” until DeGeneres delivered her monologue. The employee said they’re relieved to be able to move forward with work now that the premiere aired, but that “it’s all tactical.” “It’s always tactical,” the employee said. “The average person will listen to it and make their own choices, but what people don’t always take into account is that information is power, and she’s sharing it now because it’s for premiere week and it’s to get viewers back, and that just feels the opposite of what this message is about.”

Trauma isn’t funny: They were also disappointed that DeGeneres made “inappropriate jokes” while discussing her employees’ traumas. “When you’re talking about people who have accused her leadership of the seriousness of sexual misconduct, I don’t think it’s appropriate to have jokes in the monologue,” a former employee said.

On the discussion about “Be Kind”: “I don’t feel sorry that she’s in a sh-t load of trouble because she branded herself the ‘be kind’ person,” a former employee said. “She’s acting like it was something she said in passing that just stuck with her. It’s not something that stuck with her, it’s not an accident. She went forward with this idea and this marketing strategy that was not true behind the scenes.” The former employee continued, “There’s nothing wrong with being the ‘be kind’ lady if you’re actually true to your word.”

[From Buzzfeed]

Yeah. I didn’t think Ellen actually managed to set the right tone either, but I also think it was sort of interesting to see her TRY to acknowledge many of the criticisms head-on. I also thought the weirdest part was that Ellen still acts like she had no f–king knowledge about what was happening on her show before this year. Yes, it’s good that she’s taken responsibility for the misconduct (it IS actually her responsibility), but where was this before traumatized employees had to turn to Buzzfeed to get their stories out?

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  1. Gobo says:

    She’s a liar. It’s pretty clear that she not only knew of the toxicity but also actively took part in It’s implementation.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      Even if by a slim chance she didn’t know. Apathy is still very bad. Especially, with your show. Your name. Your career. Your image.

      The tactical part was most annoying. The apology was always going to be PR, but her staff was left to wonder if they still had jobs until she made it all about her.

      Cancel the show.

    • There is MORE then enough evidence of HER OWN shitty behavior to both her guests and her workers that she could focus on and apologize for, (Notice how she didn’t apologize for her own behavior or even acknowledge it) much less acknowledging that OF COURSE she knew about the abusive mess that was her production company. I bet the workers who have been able to now look her in the eye have all turned to stone. She’s unbearable. And let me know if you want stories about her. I have them.

      • Kristin says:

        Of COURSE we want stories!! Spill, LOL!

      • The first time I heard of this woman was at a birthday party for my kid in preschool, in the early years of her show. Most of the people there worked for her and the stories they had made her sound horrible. All the usual, no looking in the eyes, can’t speak to her, can’t ride the same elevator, have to scrunch up in the hallway if she’s walking by. But she also had a weird thing about forcing people who work for her take pets. (There’s A LOT more out there about this, and I don’t want to out myself) I met many more people who backed up these stories, mostly second and third hand. (ie. wife of a prop person) until I met someone who worked with her closely for years who said that she not only made her cry, but that she made EVERYONE who worked for her cry so she could see how far she could push you. And that she got a look of pure pleasure on her face when you cried. She deserves every bad story that is told about her and more, much more.

  2. Caitlin says:

    She is a phoney, plain and simple. She has no respect for her staff, they deserve way better.

  3. Sarah says:

    Remember that this toxic behaviour is not just at her show, but countless examples from Ellen herself in public and with staff in her own home for years now. The call is coming from inside the house.

  4. Züri says:

    I watched the monologue and had the same reaction, particularly about that sarcastic lead-in hook. It felt so disingenuous, but I worried I was being too harsh. Glad I wasn’t the only person who felt that way because the whole thing was just…awful. Like her.

  5. STRIPE says:

    You know who else has a rough summer Ellen? The staff you didn’t pay or communicate with while the show was shut down due to COVID.

    All this “apology” did was drive home the stories about her. She’s awful.

    • a reader says:

      “You know who else has a rough summer Ellen? The staff you didn’t pay or communicate with while the show was shut down due to COVID. ”

      This right here!

  6. bluemoonhorse says:

    If it quacks and walks like a duck, well, it’s a duck.

  7. Mtec says:

    What I don’t understand is this: I feel like throughout the years I’ve heard her complain about the show being fluff and about always having to live up to this “kind persona” 24/7. She always makes these sarcastic, critical jokes about the show and it’s quality, and not being able to do anything else, so I thought she’s wanted to leave the show for years now. Yet, this year would have been the perfect opportunity for her to bow out, but she hasn’t. I just feel like she’s choosing to continue because if she were to leave now it would not be on her terms now with this tarnished image. I think she’s only continuing in order to satisfy her ego, which is what’s been the problem in the first place.

  8. Noodle says:

    If it’s that much work and that taxing to be kind to others, you have some work to do within yourself.

  9. Louise177 says:

    It’s still funny to me that this started as a dumb joke on Twitter.

  10. Melissa says:

    Her whole lie about not having a clue this was going on isn’t a good tactic either – how inept are you if you truly didn’t know all this was going on? That’s not a good look either. There is no way to spin this to look good so just own it and really address it and DO BETTER.

  11. Redhead says:

    She knew what was going on it wasn’t happening and she just now found out! She wasn’t curious why no one was looking her in the eye ? I mean come on.