ELLEN DeGeneres staffers think her “power-hungry behavior has finally caught up to her” after the talk show host has been accused of overseeing a “toxic” work culture, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
Dozens of staffers claimed racism, bullying and sexual harassment took place on the The Ellen Degeneres Show set.
Former staffers told The Sun Ellen’s ‘power-hungry behavior’ has caught up to her[/caption]
Two former staff members exclusively told The Sun that workers believe 62-year-old Ellen’s “apology and denial that she knew anything was going on” regarding the alleged behind-the-scenes misconduct is “complete bull.”
The insiders said: “For over a decade Ellen has treated her staff poorly, which is ironic because of her persona when she is on camera.
“She is literally like two different people. One is awful, power-hungry and constantly yells at everyone for any little that goes wrong with the production of the show.
“The other character that Ellen plays is what the world sees – a hilarious, kind and giving woman who is a fearless advocate for the LGBTQ community.”
Dozens of staffers claimed racism, bullying and sexual harassment took place on the The Ellen Degeneres Show set[/caption]
The sources continued that several workers “could not handle it anymore and quit.”
The insiders continued: “The show has such a high turnover rate. But up until now, everyone was terrified to say anything because they feared her power. She would let people know that they have the ‘best gig in town’ and how lucky they were to be working for her and how so many people would die to be in their shoes.”
The sources believe: “So now Ellen is grabbing for air. This investigation is going to reveal the truth and it will most likely tank her show and her career.
“She cannot go on living a lie and treating people this way. Her reputation and disgusting behavior has finally caught up with her.”
The insiders claimed Ellen has two different sides [/caption]
BuzzFeed News spoke to 36 staffers about their alleged experiences on the set of the hit daytime show.
One former employee alleged Kevin Leman, the show’s head writer and executive producer, solicited him for oral sex at a company party in 2013.
Others claimed they witnessed him grope and kiss employees.
Nearly a dozen claimed to the publication that he often made sexually explicit comments about colleagues.
Dozens of former and current staff members came forward[/caption]
He has also been accused of preying on young, lower-level employees who would fear lodging a complaint to HR.
Kevin said he denied “any kind of sexual impropriety” in a statement.
In a separate interview in July, Ellen employees claimed they suffered from “racism, fear and intimidation” on set.
A former employee accused Kevin Leman, the show’s head writer and executive producer, solicited him for oral sex at a company party in 2013[/caption]
BuzzFeed News also reported staff claimed to have been fired because they took medical leave or bereavement days to attend family funerals.
Others alleged they were told by their managers to not speak directly to Ellen if they saw her at the office.
An internal investigation was launched earlier this week by the show’s parent company WarnerMedia after the employees came forward.
Ellen issued an apology, but a former staff member told The Sun it is ‘bull’[/caption]
Ellen issued an apology letter to her staff.
She wrote: “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.”
Executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner released a joint statement to the outlet, claiming they take the stories “very seriously” and admitted they need to “do better.”
Though Andy claimed the show is not “going off the air” amid cancelation rumors, The Sun exclusively reported James Corden may be in line to replace Ellen.
An insider previously told The Sun James Corden may replace Ellen[/caption]
NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy, who is part of the executive team overseeing the probes on the claims against The Ellen DeGeneres Show, is deciding on the future of the Emmy-winning series.
The boss is a “huge fan of James” and has him “‘high on his wanted list for talent and a long term replacement for Ellen.”
The insider continued: “This issue has fast tracked everything and made everyone look at the future today. James Corden was being eyed for Ellen’s job in the long term before any of this came to light.”
“Now this shocking new development places a spotlight on the next step. James and his team have been trailblazers in modern TV, taking the once considered graveyard chat show slot into a cutting edge format with huge online, social media and global recognition.
James would ‘freshen up daytime’ TV[/caption]
Is the Ellen DeGeneres show being canceled?
RUMORS are swirling that The Ellen DeGeneres show might be canceled.
Reports have recently surfaced that the comedian’s show is sliding in ratings, however there is no confirmation the show is being canceled.
Talk of the show’s possible cancellation also comes in light of allegations of the host being “mean” and “rude” to her staff.
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“Currently his CBS deal is only contracted until 2022 after he turned down a five year deal. Paul is a huge fan of what James does on screen. He already has a huge devoted audience, global appeal and is loved by Hollywood.”
The insider continued: “Replacing Ellen was always going to be a tough challenge, but he is a natural fit and easy transition.
“James would freshen up daytime and with a free hand would be allowed to build a new afternoon era.”