'The Ellen Show' faces internal probe after staff complaints

'The Ellen Show' faces internal probe after staff complaints

"You don't talk to her, you don't approach her, you don't look at her" - 'The Ellen Show' has been accused of being a toxic workplace.

Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia
Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia / YouTube

Warner Media has revealed that it will be investigating 'The Ellen Show' after several staff members complained about bullying, fear, and racial microaggressions. 

According to Variety, a memo was sent to staff explaining that a third-party firm will help conduct interviews with past and present staff. 

The internal investigation comes after months of negative reports about the show's executive producers and senior managers allegedly making the workplace a living nightmare for the staff. 

Some staff claimed they were fired after attending family funerals. One woman alleged that she returned to work after being checked into a mental facility following a suicide attempt to find that she no longer had a job. 

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The drama started in March when comedian Kevin T Porter claimed Ellen is "notoriously one of the meanest people alive".

He told his Twitter followers he would donate $2 to a food bank for every "insane story" about the 62-year-old's mean behaviour. 

Kevin's post opened the floodgates and the horror stories kept flowing. 

"She has a 'sensitive nose' so everyone must chew gum from a bowl outside her office before talking to her and if she thinks you smell that day you have to go home and shower," one man tweeted. 

He added: "A new staff member was told every day she picks someone different to really hate. It's not your fault, just suck it up for the day and she'll be mean to someone else the next day. They didn't believe it but it ended up being entirely true."

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None of the stories shared on Twitter have been confirmed to be true but were enough for Warner Media to sit up and take notice. 

Several anonymous employees have also claimed that their managers told them that they should not speak to or approach the star when she is in the office. 

A former Australian 'Today' show producer seemed to corroborate the claim when he shared his own experience with Ellen and her team.

Ellen appeared on the show in 2013 for an interview with entertainment reporter Richard Wilkins.

Neil Breen, who was an executive producer at the time, said one of her producers made a bizarre request. 

"The producer called us aside and said, 'Now Neil, no one is to talk to Ellen. You don't talk to her, you don't approach her, you don't look at her. She'll come in, she'll sit down, she'll talk to Richard and then Ellen will leave.' And I sort of said, 'Are you fair dinkum? I can't look at her?' I found the whole thing bizarre," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying. 

One former employee claimed the show's "be kind" motto was nothing but a big farce because Ellen and her senior managers are not kind at all. 


Ellen has not commented on the allegations. 

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