Ellen DeGeneres’ Toxic Workplace is Finally Under Investigation

July 28, 2020 1:47 PM UTC
Ellen DeGeneres is now the target of an independent investigation being conducted by WarnerMedia. It looks like it's going from bad to worse.
  • Ellen DeGeneres is the target of an independent investigation conducted by WarnerMedia.
  • The investigation was launched after countless complaints were lodged by current and former employees.
  • How much worse can things get for the once-indomitable star?

Ellen DeGeneres is under investigation.

WarnerMedia, the parent company of the eponymous Ellen show, has announced that they’ve hired a third party to assist with what they’re calling an “internal investigation” into the claims made by both current and former employees of the show.

But I’m wondering how much worse things can really get — or if I even want to know the levels of depravity.

Ellen DeGeneres Is A Nasty Piece Of Work

While this certainly isn’t the first time that Ellen DeGeneres has accused of being a nasty piece of work (remember her bodyguard’s story?), this is really the first time that she’s being held accountable for her actions.

And despite DeGeneres sneering that “it will take more than a blogger and a bodyguard to bring her down,” it looks like she might have to eat a lot of crow with a side of humble pie.

While Dakota Johnson and her fans can’t take all the credit, it’s interesting that Ellen DeGeneres’ reputation took this much of a hit after years of working up a seemingly perfect persona. | Source: Twitter

An explosive Buzzfeed story had more than 10 employees come forward to share what it was like to work for her.

Detailing a “toxic workplace culture,” these current and former employees shared stories of racial slurs, the requirement of averting one’s eyes when Ellen DeGeneres roams outside of her office and getting fired after attending a funeral for a close family member.

Naturally, DeGeneres’ people issued a standard press bite pleading innocence:

Over the course of nearly two decades, 3,000 episodes, and employing over 1000 staff members, we have strived to create an open, safe, and inclusive work environment. We are truly heartbroken and sorry to learn that even one person in our production family has had a negative experience. It’s not who we are and not who we strive to be, and not the mission Ellen has set for us. For the record, the day to day responsibility of the Ellen show is completely on us. We take all of this very seriously and we realize, as many in the world are learning, that we need to do better, are committed to do better, and we will do better.

Now, it finally looks like this won’t be enough.

Bring Her Down, WarnerMedia

For the first time in what seems like ever, WarnerMedia is finally taking a stand.

In a memo issued throughout the company, the media conglomerate announced that it will be working “with a third party” (which hasn’t been named) to interview current and former employees, which suggests that they plan on getting to the bottom of this mess once and for all.

But at this point, it’s really no surprise that Ellen DeGeneres is a mean, cold-hearted bully who treats people like dirt. The question becomes, what will this investigation uncover — and will we ultimately see the true depths of her depravity?

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