3 Senior Producers Depart From 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' After Misconduct Allegations


Three senior producers of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" have departed, according to an exclusive from Variety Monday.

"Three senior producers — executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman — have been ousted from the Warner Bros.-distributed syndicated strip following damning allegations raised in recent reports by Buzzfeed and Variety," Variety reported Monday.

The story about the allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment was originally broke by Buzzfeed. There have been multiple claims by former and current employees of a dysfunctional and toxic workplace at "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in recent months.

"The departures had been expected ever since Glavin, Leman and Norman were cited in a July 30 story published by Buzzfeed about allegations of misconduct, harassment and questionable behavior on the set of the show. The trio were suspended in the wake of the Buzzfeed story and have since been terminated, multiple sources said," Variety reported on Monday in its story.

WarnerMedia is investigating the claims. According to Variety last month, 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.

Earlier this month, Ellen's brother defended his sister on social media. Tony Okungbowa, known as DJ Tony, who worked on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," has opened up about his experience on the show. He posted his support of DeGeneres' crew on Instagram saying, "did experience and feel the toxicity of the environment" during his stint as the show's resident DJ.

Ellen apologized to her staff in August:

“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.”

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