Ellen DeGeneres Apologizes To Her Staff In A Memo, And Now There’s Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Executive Producers
When more and more people started to publicly talk about how Ellen DeGeneres is really Maleficent in The Gap drag, it looked like the woman who voiced Dory in Finding Nemo was trying to swim away from the bad press until it blew over. Well, it didn’t blow over. Stories from former and current employees of The Ellen DeGeneres Show spoke out about what a nightmare working on the show is and then we found out that WarnerMedia is doing an internal investigation into the toxic workplace allegations. And now there are stories about alleged sexual assault from executive producers. And AND Ellen has finally attempted a little damage control by sending out an apology to her entire staff.
Dozens of current and ex-employees of Ellen talked to BuzzFeed about how executive producers regularly sexually assaulted and sexually harassed employees. One ex-employee said that head writer/executive producer, Kevin Leman, asked to give him a handjob or oral sex at a company party in 2013. Kevin was also accused of groping a production assistant’s crotch and groping another production assistant in a car in 2017. Other employees said it was common for Kevin to openly talk about the bulges of male employees and ask them if they were a top or a bottom.
“He’d probably do it in front of 10 people and they’d laugh because ‘it’s just Kevin being Kevin,’ but if you’re in a position of power at a company, you don’t just get to touch me like that,” a former employee said.
Kevin denied it, saying he was just making jokes for his job:
“I started at the Ellen Show as a PA more than 17 years ago and have devoted my career to work my way to the position I now hold. While my job as head writer is to come up with jokes — and, during that process, we can occasionally push the envelope — I’m horrified that some of my attempts at humor may have caused offense. I have always aimed to treat everyone on the staff with kindness, inclusivity and respect. In my whole time on the show, to my knowledge, I’ve never had a single HR or inter-personal complaint made about me, and I am devastated beyond belief that this kind of malicious and misleading article could be published.”
Employees also said that executive producer Ed Glavin had a reputation for being handsy and creepy with women and five former employees said that he rubbed their backs and touched their lower waists, which made them feel uncomfortable. Ed refused to comment.
And that leads us to Ellen herself. Ellen, who has been pretty silent so far, sent out an apology to staff. via People
“Hey everybody – it’s Ellen. On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry. Anyone who knows me knows it’s the opposite of what I believe and what I hoped for our show,”
“I could not have the success I’ve had without all of your contributions. My name is on the show and everything we do and I take responsibility for that. Alongside Warner Bros, we immediately began an internal investigation and we are taking steps, together, to correct the issues..”
Yawwnnnn…, Girl Bye. This sounds like the shit you say when you know you’re merely a click away from becoming the next Hashtag of Hate on Twitter. And of course, she then distanced herself by pointing fingers at others, claiming that she’s too busy to know what’s really going on at this point, and having other people speak for her can no longer happen.
“We all have to be more mindful about the way our words and actions affect others, and I’m glad the issues at our show were brought to my attention. I promise to do my part in continuing to push myself and everyone around me to learn and grow. It’s important to me and to Warner Bros. that everyone who has something to say can speak up and feels safe doing so”
She concluded by stating that she wants everyone to have fun at work again, which is rich since it seems like nobody was having fun in the first place. And as far as her wanting to hear about peoples’ experiences…. IT’S A TRAP! If an employee tells Ellen that they’re not happy, she’ll probably say, “I appreciate your honesty and I appreciate it so much that I made you a thank you card on this pink slip declaring that YOU’RE FIRED!”