Ellen DeGeneres Writes Letter To Staff Addressing Toxic Workplace Allegations

Ellen DeGeneres writes letter to staff amid investigation

We previously reported that The Ellen DeGeneres Show is undergoing an internal investigation by WarnerMedia. The investigation comes after many reports from former employees that claim the show is a toxic workplace. For instance, Buzzfeed reported on the stories from former employees.

Now, reports say that producer Ed Glavin is likely to be fired. Ellen wrote a letter to her current employees taking responsibility for the claims because she said she didn’t know they were happening. While the show is in Ellen’s name, of course, there are many producers and other crew that keep the show going behind the scenes.


Ellen apologizes to staff amid investigation

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Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner and Mary Connelly / Chris Polk/FilmMagic/Getty Images

Ed Glavin and other employees are likely to be fired after the investigation. In addition, Ed and the other executive producers Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner previously released a statement to Buzzfeed.

RELATED: ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Is Currently Under Investigation


They apologized that former crew members had a negative experience. There have also been rumors that the talk show is getting canceled, but it has actually been renewed through 2022.

Read the full letter below

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‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ / NBC/WarnerMedia

The letter was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. Ellen writes, “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. As we’ve grown exponentially, I’ve not been able to stay on top of everything and relied on others to do their jobs as they knew I’d want them done. Clearly some didn’t. That will now change and I’m committed to ensuring this does not happen again.

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Ellen crying / NBC/WarnerMedia

I’m also learning that people who work with me and for me are speaking on my behalf and misrepresenting who I am and that has to stop. As someone who was judged and nearly lost everything for just being who I am, I truly understand and have deep compassion for those being looked at differently, or treated unfairly, not equal, or — worse — disregarded. To think that any one of you felt that way is awful to me.

It’s been way too long, but we’re finally having conversations about fairness and justice. 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.

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Ellen DeGeneres / F. Sadou/AdMedia/Image Collect

I am so proud of the work we do and the fun and joy we all help put out in the world. I want everyone at home to love our show and I want everyone who makes it to love working on it. Again, I’m so sorry to anyone who didn’t have that experience. If not for COVID, I’d have done this in person, and I can’t wait to be back on our stage and see you all then.


Stay safe and healthy.



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