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Three ‘Ellen’ Producers Exit the Show Over Claims of ‘Toxic Workplace’

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Three ‘Ellen’ Producers Exit the Show Over Claims of ‘Toxic Workplace’

Producers for the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” were said to parted from the crew after allegations of toxic management.

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has seen the departure of three of their top producers. This came as there were reports of toxic culture in the show’s set. It was told to the crew of the talk show on Monday afternoon during a video conference call, per Variety.

‘Parted Ways’

Those that have “parted ways” from the staff of the popular talk show, per a Warner Bros. spokesperson, include Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman, and Jonathan Norman. “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” owning dozens of Emmy Awards throughout its run, is distributed by Warner Bros. Television.

Toxicity

BuzzFeed previously reported last month regarding employees that were not treated fairly at work for the daytime show. According to the article, former employees, who refused to reveal their identities, said that the toxic work environment is caused by senior and top heads. Among those unpleasant experiences that they encountered include racist remarks, not allowing for leaves with valid reasons, and even sexual harassment and misconduct.

Around this time of the BuzzFeed story, Galvin, Leman, and Norman were said to be suspended, according to several sources, The Variety reported. Further in Variety’s article is the exit of the same producers to other shows produced by 62-year old DeGeneres.

Launched a Probe

In July, the host of the show revealed that an internal probe was begun by Warner Bros. Television, looking into the accusations. Writing to the show’s staff through an email, DeGeneres said: “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.”

WarnerMedia, parent company of Warner Bros. Television, also at that time said in a statement that they are taking the claims regarding toxicity in the work environment “very seriously.

Rob is Tekrati's senior editor. He is also a nationally syndicated columnist and author. Rob lives in NYC and covers the intersection of money, politics and finance.

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