New details emerged from the Zoom call Ellen DeGeneres hosted Monday with more than 200 of her employees after it was revealed that three of the show's main producers had been sacked in its toxic workplace scandal.
62-year-old Ellen is said to have spoken out about being "introverted" and sometimes having "good and bad days" that she understands are mean but vowed to make changes in the future to save them The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
The embattled talk show host is said to have dealt with the rumor that there was an unspoken rule on set that, according to PageSix, none of the employees were allowed to make eye contact.
Address to her staff: Ellen DeGeneres reportedly spoke to her team on a Zoom call on Monday after it was announced that the show's three best producers had been sacked
“I don't know where it started,” Ellen reportedly said in the Zoom meeting with her staff. & # 39; Please speak to me. Look me in the eye. & # 39; She went on to call the rumor & # 39; crazy & # 39; to describe and said, & # 39; It's crazy just isn't it, I don't know how it started. [It's] not who I am. & # 39;
Among many allegations and allegations made against the host over the past year, one was made by former producer Neil Breed, who alleged staff were encouraged not to look at them.
& # 39; [Ellen DeGeneres & # 39;] producers called us aside … and said, & # 39; Well, Neil, no one should speak to Ellen. You don't talk to her, you don't approach her, you don't look at her, "Neil Breen said on 4BC radio in July.
"Please speak to me": Ellen reportedly told staff that she is a multi-faceted person who has "good and bad days" in an apology on Monday
He added, "She will come in, she will sit down, she will talk to Richard, and then Ellen will go." And I kind of said, "I can't look at her?" I found the whole thing bizarre. & # 39;
Ellen's Zoom call with staff comes after executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman were laid off as part of a WarnerMedia investigation into the show's toxic environment.
According to the deadline, Ellen apologized to her co-workers during the call and opened up to being introverted and having "good and bad days".
She reportedly explained how this sometimes leads her to be alone and have her own space on set, which she has reportedly admitted that she could be interpreted as mean or rude by the staff.
“Does that mean I'm perfect? No, I'm not, ”Ellen supposedly said. "I'm a diverse person and I try to be the best person I can be and learn from my mistakes."
Picture left to right top producers on the show Andy Lassner, Jonathan Norman, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman at the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2017. Glavin, Leman and Norman have all been ousted from the popular talk show
The hit talk show is now directed by existing executive producers Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner and Derek Westervelt.
The report adds that Ellen's in-house DJ on the show, Stephen & # 39; tWitch & # 39; Boss, named Co-Executive Producer who recently appeared to be defending his boss by saying it had & # 39; love & # 39; given on set.
Meanwhile, Variety reports that the presenter – who was herself accused of promoting a "toxic environment" – admitted in response to the call that the show's directors were not sensitive to "people" as they instead focused on to run the show as a "fountain" – oiled machine. & # 39;
Ellen also admitted that the show had alienated staff and guests by postponing shooting schedules on short notice, and promised the show would keep to the agreed schedules going forward.
The start date for the 18th season of the show has also been postponed by a week to September 14, the employees said.
A lawyer for Kevin Leman said his client was "devastated" for being a "scapegoat" and described his fall from the show as "shocking."
"The fact that a deeply flawed BuzzFeed article resulted in the termination of an innocent man – a popular character and creative force behind the 'Ellen' show and a number of other projects produced with Ellen – is shocking," said Michael Plonsker in a statement relating to a Buzzfeed article that first appeared allegations against the producer.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show fired three top producers after alleging sexual misconduct and workplace bullying on the set
"Kevin is devastated that he has a scapegoat and isn't ready to comment yet."
Three of the top producers are fired as the series is in the midst of an internal investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct on set and workplace bullying.
The investigation was first sparked by a buzzfeed expose on the show last month.
The July 16 article exposed allegations by one current and ten former employees of Ellen's talk show that they experienced racism, fear and intimidation while working on the long-running series, accusing producers Lassner, Connelly and Glavin of bullying.
The show then faced additional sexual misconduct allegations in a second BuzzFeed News article on July 30, in which dozens of men and women accused Leman, Glavin and Norman of sexual harassment, misconduct, or assault.
Leman and Norman denied the claims. She and Glavin were immediately suspended while Warner Bros. opened an investigation.