Producers Told Employees Of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” That The Show Will Go On

August 4, 2020 / Posted by:

It’s all hands on deck/boar on the floor at The Ellen Degeneres Show as producers scramble to right the ship. According to Us Weekly, on Monday, producers held a staff meeting assuring employees that “the show will go on” and that they are doing everything possible to ensure that people “have fun at work,” because “a show that brings so much happiness and fun, it should be a happy show to work on.” To that end, ice cream and tickle breaks between floggings will be the new norm.

We’ve heard conflicting reports about the fate of Ellen Degeneres‘ show since BuzzFeed published their expose wherein current and former employees complained about a toxic environment behind the scenes, including allegations of racism, sexism, and sexual misconduct at the hands of executive producers Kevin Leman and Ed Glavin. But WarnerMedia is apparently investigating the allegations and Ellen’s not ready to walk away from the bag just yet, so in order to move forward, morale must be improved by cramming the words “fun” and “happy” down everybody’s throat like geese at a FUN! foie gras factory.

The producers held a call with staffers on Monday, August 3, one week after WarnerMedia announced its internal review of the daytime talk show. A source tells Us Weekly exclusively that they “addressed” the media reports during the meeting and said they want their team to “have fun at work.” Among those attending the meeting were executive producers Andy Lassner, Mary Connelly and Derek Westervelt.

“They said a lot of [the claims are] true and a lot of it is not true,” the source adds. “They said we are handling everything [and] things will be very different now. … A show that brings so much happiness and fun, it should be a happy show to work on.”

As the meeting continued, a handful of employees “voiced some concerns,” while some of the producers “got called out about stuff that happened in the past.” Despite rumors, the team reassured their crew that “the show will go on.”

“The producers ultimately said you all still have a job here and you will all get paid, however that may be,” the source says. “They said Ellen [DeGeneres] is not giving up and the show will go on. … That woman brings so much joy to people that it would break a lot of hearts to stop doing this show. It was a pep talk and made some staffers feel better.”

Meanwhile, as Ellen continues to battle the decimation of her reputation as America’s Sweetart, big-name celebrities and lowly worms alike are flocking to her defense. Yesterday, megawatt (TV) movie star Portia de Rossi (1998’s Perfect Assassin) came out with a full-throated statement of solidarity which included the hashtag #IStandByEllen which isn’t quite as forceful as standing with Ellen. I “stand by” Ellen makes it sound more like you stand in her general vicinity not making eye contact just in case Ellen needs something like her cheaters or a latte. Fun fact: Portia is also Ellen’s wife! Today, another big name, Katy Perry, proclaimed #IStandByEllen.

Oops, she forgot the hashtag! What a clown. But that makes TWO certified celebrities who have come forward to support Ellen in her time of need, and only one of them has an underwear drawer at her house (hint, it’s not George W. Bush). Judging by the number of people using the #IStandByEllen hashtag on Twitter, crickets are her #1 fans.

Well OK, crickets and Grey’s Anatomy stans.

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