The Ellen DeGeneres Show has fired three top producers. This is in the wake of ‘toxic’ workplace claims of on-set sexual misconduct and workplace bullying.
DeGeneres broke the news to employees in a video-conference call on Monday afternoon. There she described the recent ‘toxic’ workplace claims – allegations as ‘heartbreaking’, one source reported.
In a message to staff, she said she was “so sorry for what this has become,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman have all been ousted from the popular talk show.
This is following accusations leveled against them by current and former staffers, according to Variety. The departures is also said to follow investigations by journalists into claims of bullying and intimidation on set.
An attorney for Leman said his client was ‘devastated’ about being ‘scapegoated.’ He described his ousting from the show as ‘shocking’.
‘The fact that a deeply flawed BuzzFeed article has led to the termination of an innocent man – a popular figure and a creative force behind the “Ellen” show, and a string of other projects produced with Ellen – is shocking.’ Michael Plonsker said in a statement, referring to a Buzzfeed article where allegations against the producer first surfaced.
In a story published earlier this year, several former employees told Buzzfeed News they had experienced racism while working on the show. The show has won over 60 Emmy Awards since it first aired in 2003.
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