The current and former employees of Ellen DeGeneres are reacting to her apology monologue that kicked off Season 18 amid controversy.
Following allegations of a toxic workplace culture and personal allegations about being unkind, Ellen issued a 6-minute apology on Monday (September 21), and now employees are speaking out in a report from BuzzFeed News.
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“Employees told BuzzFeed News they didn’t appreciate DeGeneres making light of their allegations of toxicity, racism, sexual harassment, and misconduct by sarcastically asking viewers, ‘How was everybody’s summer? Good, yeah? Mine was great. Super terrific,’ and then telling them, ‘Let me give you some advice out there if anybody’s thinking of changing their title or giving yourself a nickname, do not go with the ‘be kind’ lady. Don’t do it,’” the outlet reports.
“Not only did Ellen turn my trauma, turn our traumas, into a joke, she somehow managed to make this about her,” one former employee said in the report.
“When she said, ‘Oh, my summer was great’ and that was supposed to be funny I thought, ‘It’s funny that you had a rough summer because everyone was calling out all of the allegations of your toxic work environment and now you’re the one suffering?’” another former employee said.
“I don’t feel sorry that she’s in a s–t load of trouble because she branded herself the ‘be kind’ person. She’s acting like it was something she said in passing that just stuck with her. It’s not something that stuck with her, it’s not an accident. She went forward with this idea and this marketing strategy that was not true behind the scenes. There’s nothing wrong with being the ‘be kind’ lady if you’re actually true to your word,” a former employee also said.
One major star voiced their support for Ellen DeGeneres amid the controversy.
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