Current and former Ellen DeGeneres show employees are speaking out, anonymously, about Ellen‘s opening apology monologue for the rumors about her behavior towards others and workplace toxicity at her show.
“Not only did Ellen turn my trauma, turn our traumas, into a joke, she somehow managed to make this about her,” one former employee told Buzzfeed News about how the monologue contained jokes. “When she said, ‘Oh, my summer was great’ and that was supposed to be funny I thought, ‘It’s funny that you had a rough summer because everyone was calling out all of the allegations of your toxic work environment and now you’re the one suffering?’”
A current employee questioned the timing of the apology with waiting for premiere week, and thus, ratings, to make her apology public.
“It’s always tactical,” a current employee reportedly said. “The average person will listen to it and make their own choices, but what people don’t always take into account is that information is power, and she’s sharing it now because it’s for premiere week and it’s to get viewers back, and that just feels the opposite of what this message is about.”
Another felt it was inappropriate to have jokes in the monologue when former and current employees had been subject to sexual misconduct.
“When you’re talking about people who have accused her leadership of the seriousness of sexual misconduct, I don’t think it’s appropriate to have jokes in the monologue,” a former employee said.
“It’s kind of amazing that this is being discussed on her show. To actually go from an environment where nothing is said and everyone keeps their head down to now when it’s the topic of her first show back is pretty amazing,” one employee revealed about Ellen actually confronting the issue. “Whether or not I believe in this message that she is saying is another issue.”
A former employee was upset about the apology, saying, “The right thing would be to follow up with these people who are humans who were affected by this/ They have a responsibility to kind of close this chapter of our lives and move on. It was like, ‘Tell us all of the most fucked-up things that happened to you for the investigation, and now that we’ve written it all down, see you later.’ It just feels like there’s no ending to this for people who came forward and said things that happened to them and reopened these wounds and rehashed these memories.”
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