WarnerMedia Launches Investigation into Ellen Degeneres After Numerous Complaints
‘Be Kind to One Another’
Well, this should just go to show that we’re entering into a new era, and people that considered themselves untouchable are learning otherwise. However, before you sharpen your pitchforks and scream ‘how dare they accuse Ellen of this’, context is important.
The crew for her show of several years were ecstatic, they were told they would be seeing work shortly after the shutdowns. They waited, and waited, and then they waited some more. Not a word came from Ellen or her producers, so the crew had no idea what to do.
Ellen hired a third party filming crew to help her out
After waiting for a while, they saw one of Ellen’s new episodes come out. Mildly infuriated, they bombarded WarnerMedia with letters, demanding to know why they didn’t get any work. Turns out, some of them did. By some we mean; editors got some much needed hours and no one else did.
So, WarnerMedia told them to sit tight and they’d try to get to the bottom of things. While they were off doing that, one of the Producers decided that whatever was happening was not fair. This producer then sent out an anonymous email to all of the employees telling them the truth of what happened.
Inevitably this led to a boycott and updates have been kinda slow over the last few months. Most people probably forgot about it entirely and/or assumed that nothing ever came from it.
Well, this week looks like that will be changing. Not only is there a general amount of dissent around Ellen herself, but now the execs of the show are under fire for cultivating a toxic workplace.
contributed to a workplace that was abusive and toxic
Despite working for a show that operates under the tagline of ‘be kind to one another’, several employees have spoken out against it. Claiming that producers and personalities alike contributed to a workplace that was abusive and toxic. Leading to early terminations, people leaving the company and bad word of mouth spreading about the crew.
Right now it is too early to say what the fallout of this investigation will have been. Degeneres has been the subject of ridicule for a while now, beginning back when she made an ill timed joke about COVID. Things never really quite improved after she failed to communicate to her team. Which, of course is not immediately incumbent on the personality, but no one communicated with the team.
And while it may not be Ellen’s job, she was the one who hired the third party filming crew. So there is a lot of blame that can be placed squarely on her shoulders right now.