Ellen DeGeneres has opened the new season of her show by addressing the allegations of a toxic workplace that’s plagued the talk-show host the last few months.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show began its 18th season on September 21, with DeGeneres using her opening monologue to apologise for things “that never should have happened”.
“I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power and I realise that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show,” she said.
She continued: “We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace, and what we want for the future.
“We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter.”
The decision to investigate the Ellen Show workplace environment followed a string of articles that included allegations from current and former show employees of mistreatment and discrimination, which first surfaced in July.
BuzzFeed News published an article online, which featured former staff members alleging a “toxic work culture”. The ex-employees also said they faced “racism, fear and intimidation”. Most of the blame was laid on the three of the show’s executive producers: Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly and Andy Lassner.
“I learned that things happened here that never should have happened. I take that very seriously, and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected,” DeGeneres said in her speech.
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