Amid allegations of sexual misconduct & toxic work culture, Ellen’s TV career may finally be over.
One of the most controversial stories circulating on mainstream media was of the events that unfolded behind the scenes at ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’. Amid massive reports of toxic work culture, discrimination, and sexual harassment by both employees and participants of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’, the future prospects of the show and its host looks bleak. Could this imply that Ellen’s career is over? – Let’s DKODE it.
- April – July: A timeline of events
- Ellen’s response
- Is Ellen’s career over?
- Public reaction
What started the whole drama?
The initial incidents occurred on March 20th 2020 with some Twitter folk alleging bad experiences with Ellen.
Comedian Kevin Porter shared the tweet above and asked others to share similar negative experiences of working with Ellen.
Numerous people responded to Kevin’s tweet and listed an array of complaints about Ellen, ranging from:
1) How she never looks at anyone in the eye.
2) How she’d randomly select a different person to hate on any given day.
3) There was also a complaint of her trying to fire an employee for wearing chipped nail polish while serving food. (As far as complaints go, that’s a new one).
April – July: A timeline of events
During the Black Lives Matter movement, while a plethora of Hollywood celebrities displayed their support for the Black community, critics believed Ellen’s stance on BLM was vague & ambiguous and thereby ineffective.
The contentious issue was regarding a now-deleted tweet by Ellen which saw her referring to the Black populous as ‘people of colour’.
This sentiment blew up even further amid allegations of a toxic & racist workplace environment at ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’.
The complaints by staffers ranged from a Black employee describing racist treatment by the management to others claiming they were fired after taking medical leave or personal days to attend family funerals and other exigencies.
Perhaps the final nail on the coffin was the serious allegations of sexual misconduct by ex-staffers on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’.
Entertainment & news company BuzzFeed reportedly published testimonials from 36 unnamed former employees alleging a variety of incidents such as “harassment, sexual misconduct, and assault from top producers”.
The ex-staffers explicitly named the following culprits –
- Head writer and executive producer Kevin Leman
- Executive producer Ed Glavin
- Co-executive producer Jonathan Norman
They were blamed for a series of inappropriate workplace behaviour.
The buck didn’t stop with them, however, as public consensus was that, Ellen, being the host of the show was indirectly responsible for allowing such an environment to continue unchecked.
During the course of these events, Ellen & her public relations team tried a number of strategies to combat the downward spiral of negative public opinion.
On July 30th 2020, Ellen attempted to address the allegations of a toxic workplace environment through a letter to the staff.
However, it was met with mixed reaction by the Twitter community.
On August 17th 2020, Ellen issued a second apology to her staff through an emotional zoom meeting where she appeared repentant and holding back tears.
It was learnt that the main culprits identified by the employees, i.e. Leman, Glavin & Norman would be departing the show.
Is Ellen’s career over?
Ellen has maintained that the show wasn’t cancelled and that she herself planned on quitting after the end of the 3-year contract she signed during the 16th season.
Critics speculate there may be more to it. However, this signifies that Ellen’s career as a TV host will be over by 2022.
Twitter is apparently divided over the news of the long-running show ending next year. Some are unhappy about the news. They believe Ellen’s talk show career being destroyed was unjustified.
However, in stark contrast, the man who got the ball rolling on the whole controversy, Kevin Porter was apparently in good spirits about the news.
For all intents and purpose, it seems that next year will mark the end of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’. Currently, there are rumours that Kelly Clarkson, Tiffany Hadish or even Reese Witherspoon may replace what’s now become the remnant of Ellen’s destroyed career. Until further announcements are made, casting remains speculative for now.