Following negative allegations of constant abuse toward staff on-set, Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show has been cancelled.
The Nine Network announced yesterday that it will be taking the The Ellen DeGeneres Show off the air due to the negative slant the program has been receiving recently.
‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ became the subject of an internal investigation by WarnerMedia after many employees reported abusive treatment from DeGeneres herself.
Telepictures and WarnerMedia – the company that owns Ellen’s show – sent a memo to staffers two weeks ago, notifying producers that lawyers would be in touch to ask about experiences on-set. And the negative commentary came flooding in, including unflattering reports of intolerable working conditions, and cruelty to staff in reference to race and gender.
The complaints ranged from small arguments to jokes about mistaking two black female employees with the same hairstyle, as well as criticism of statements allegedly made to a staffer by executive producer Ed Glavin.
Guests, too, have been forthcoming with their view on Ellen’s attitude – with negative reports coming from Wendy Williams, Dakota Johnson and more recently YouTuber Nikkie Tutorials who said DeGeneres was “distant and cold”.
WarnerMedia has been under pressure in the past three years to investigate claims of workplace hostility in response to increased focus on misconduct in the wake of the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements.