Ellen DeGeneres Apologizes to Her Staff After Their Complaints Go Public

Ellen DeGeneres (GETTY)
Photo credit Ellen DeGeneres (GETTY)

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show" may be known as the place where it's important to “be kind,” but some former employees describe a very different tone when working on the talk show. Now DeGeneres must face the complaints. She apologized to her staff Thursday. 

“On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect,” DeGeneres wrote. Something changed, she said, “and for that, I am sorry.”

DeGeneres wrote in a memo to staff that she has “deep compassion” for people who are treated unfairly or disregarded. Coming from someone who has been judged for “who I am,” said DeGeneres, who has been public about the difficulties she's faced for being openly gay.

“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,” she said in the memo.

"It’s been way too long, but we’re finally having conversations about fairness and justice," DeGeneres said, adding that she would push herself and others to “learn and grow.”

"Everybody Hates Raymond" actor Brad Garrett, suggested he wasn't buying DeGeneres' letter to her staff, tweeting today: 

"Sorry but it comes from the top ⁦@TheEllenShow Know more than one who were treated horribly by her.⁩ Common knowledge. DeGeneres Sends Emotional Apology to Staff - Variety."

Sorry but it comes from the top ⁦@TheEllenShow Know more than one who were treated horribly by her.⁩ Common knowledge. DeGeneres Sends Emotional Apology to Staff - Variety https://t.co/D0uxOgyyre

— Brad Garrett (@RealBradGarrett) July 31, 2020

DeGeneres explains that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, she was unable to speak to her staff in person. She signed the message, “Stay safe and healthy” and “Love, Ellen.”

Ten former employees and one current one spoke with Buzzfeed News about their experiences on the show.

“I think it is a lot of smoke and mirrors when it comes to the show's brand," a former employee told the publication.

On the heels of workplace misconduct allegations brought on by former employees of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," WarnerMedia is allegedly investigating the show for signs of workplace problems.

According to Variety, executives from show producer Telepictures and distributor Warner Bros. Television allegedly sent a memo outlining their plans to engage WarnerMedia's employee relations group to interview current and former staffers

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. Television declined to comment on the matter, and a rep for the show did not immediately respond to a request for comment, Variety reports.

Associated Press contributed to this story.