ELLEN DeGeneres has joked once again about the allegations of a “toxic” work place on the set of her talk show.
Opening the third episode of her new season, Ellen spoke to the virtual audience and said: “Welcome to day three of my comeback season.”
The daytime show host was involved in a serious scandal over the summer as former and current employees claimed she promoted a toxic work environment.
She opened the first epiode back after the pandemic by referencing the allegations and addressed how the show was under investigation.
“If you’re watching because you love me, thank you,” the comedian began as her virtual audience clapped.
She continued: “If you’re watching because you don’t love me, welcome. As you may have heard, this summer there were allegations of a toxic work environment at our show and then there was an investigation.
Ellen, 62, was accused of allowing bullying and sexual harassment to take place on set[/caption]
“I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take very seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people who were affected.
“I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realize that with that comes responsibility. And I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”
The comedian, who tried to keep her monologue lighthearted with some sneaky jokes, said that “we’ve had a lot of conversations about our show, our workplace, and what we want for the future.”
She also claimed that they had made the “necessary changes” and that they are now “starting a new chapter.”
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She returned to the show on Monday after a summer break[/caption]
Fans thought she was near tears on Monday[/caption]
Guest Tiffany Haddish also appeared to bring Ellen to tears on the first episode, after sharing her support.
Fans believe the New Orleans native held back tears and was less energetic than her past self as she conducted the interview.
“Ellen’s eyes look like she was crying,” one person commented of the segment.
One YouTuber wrote: “Ellen looked so sad during this interview as if she wanted to breakdown and cry. Looks like everything hit her hard.”
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Ellen Show producers were fired[/caption]
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“Ellen looks a bit awkward & about to cry due to all these hard times,” someone wrote of the tough times.
Amid the drama, Ellen’s executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman were fired, which was then followed by a “teary-eyed” apology.