Ellen DeGeneres faces backlash for creating a toxic workplace
DeGeneres is under scrutiny for bullying and bad behaviour
Ellen DeGeneres is known for her public acts of kindness. Her show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show regularly features large prize giveaways, all of which are charitable donations however, the host is now under scrutiny for creating a toxic workplace environment.
She has previously featured young Indian talent on her show such as the Youtube Sensation KICHA and star table tennis players, Sid and Nandhan.
DeGeneres has also had an array of big Indian stars on the show including Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Padma Lakshmi and Akshat Singh to name a few.
Recent reports from staff on the show claim that the work environment is far from what it appears to be on television, which has raised concern amongst the public.
DeGeneres, aged 62, is acquainted with numerous celebrities, some of which have publicly spoken up to defend Ellen. Katy Perry, Kevin Hart and Jay Leno have all shown support for DeGeneres, however the lack of widespread support has raised concern.
10 former staff members gave anonymous statements about their experiences which allege being punished for taking medical leave, experiencing racial microaggression and fear of punishment for speaking.
One staffer outlined a specific incident where racist remarks were allegedly by coworkers about her hairstyle. When the incident was raised with a senior member of staff, no appropriate action was taken.
Producers Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner and Mary Connelly have made a statement where they take full responsibility for daily function on the show. In a joint statement they said, "We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience."
Ellen was preparing to release her first comedy special for the first time in 15 years, but recent allegations have delayed this process.