WarnerMedia Investigating 'Ellen Show' for Workplace Misconduct: Reports

Jacquie Cadorette
July 27, 2020 - 5:02 pm
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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.

Sources have confirmed the investigation, but WarnerMedia and Telepictures have declined to comment, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Earlier in July, producers from the show commented on allegations from previous employees stating that the workplace culture was "a lot of smoke and mirrors" to protect the show's brand.

"They pull on people's heartstrings; they do know that's going to get likes and what people are going to go for, which is a positive message. But that's not always reality," an employee told BuzzFeed News.

BuzzFeed News then spoke with executive producers Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, and Andy Lassner who, in a joint statement, claimed they have always "strived to create an open, safe, and inclusive work environment."

"We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even on person in our production family has had a negative experience," they continued. "It's not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us.”

Earlier this year, other employees came forward to state their distaste for the show's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, claiming a lack of transparency, communication, and pay from the production of the show.

The employees claimed the 30-person main stage crew was kept in the dark about hours and payment for more than a month before being informed of a 60% paycut, despite the show airing remote episodes.