Ellen DeGeneres Fires 3 Producers Accused Of Sexual Misconduct & Hires Familiar Face To Take Their Spot
The Ellen DeGeneres Show senior producers Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman, and Jonathan Norman have all been terminated after accusations of sexual misconduct, racism and bullying came to light. Ellen also apologized to her staffers for creating a “toxic work environment” and for letting this go on behind the scenes.
The three producers were initially suspended when the allegations came out. But after an internal investigation, they have since been terminated. This stems from a Buzzfeed story where former employees spoke about their negative experiences working on the show, detailing their accounts with these producers.
Ellen DeGeneres Apologized For Top Producers Behavior After Firing Them
Ellen held a video conference call with over 200 staffers to discuss the chaos surrounding the show and apologize. A source said that Ellen broke down in tears at one point during the call. She said she “wasn’t perfect” and that she will “learn from my mistakes.” She also said “I’m hearing that some people felt that I wasn’t kind or too short with them, or too impatient. I apologize to anybody if I’ve hurt your feelings in any way.” She maintained that she had no idea any of this was going on behind the scenes and wants people to feel happy coming to work every day.
“She acknowledged she can be introverted at times and she apologized if that was ever seen as hurtful,” the source went on to say. “They’re putting in real structures and resources for people so this never happens again and that is extremely important to Ellen. She was emotional seeing everybody. They’re family.” As for allegations that staffers were told not to engage with her or look her in the eye, she simply said that is “not true.”
The Show Has A New Co-Executive Producer
After six years of working on the show, Stephen “tWitch” Boss has been promoted to co-executive producer. He spoke to Us Weekly about everything that’s been going on about The Ellen Show, saying “We can’t speak too much legally about it, but I’ll say this, there’s been love. Obviously there’s some things to address, but from my standpoint and from countless others, there’s been love.” He continued on to say “I’ll just leave it at that until there’s a time where we can address more publicly. There’s been love and there will continue to be love.” The dancer has been the DJ on Ellen’s show that gets the crowd moving and always a fan-favorite since becoming a familiar face on the show.
Ellen also said the show will be coming back to television next month and it will be the best season yet. Initially, it was reported that Ellen would be stepping away from the show with James Corden eyeing her hosting spot. But it looks like for now Ellen is here to stay and hoping to make major changes on her show.